International experience awards

Numerous international experience award funds are available to University of Waterloo undergraduate students who participate in an international study, work, or volunteer experience. Award selection and values are based on a variety of factors such as type of experience, destination, financial need, academic success, extracurricular/volunteer involvement, motivation for the experience, etc.

We will only consider award applications from students participating in University-approved international travel.

You must adhere to all safety measures as detailed on Waterloo International’s Safety Abroad website.

How to apply

  • Complete the International Experience Award online application form.
  • You only need to complete one general  form to be considered for the majority of international experience awards listed in the Undergraduate Awards Database, unless a different application is indicated in the award profile. A few faculty-based awards require a separate form.
  • Full eligibility details and application instructions can be found on the application form.

Application deadlines

Apply prior to your departure term by one of the following deadlines:

Term Abroad Main Deadline Late Deadline (limited consideration, see note)
Spring March 15 April 30
Fall July 15 August 31
Winter November 15 December 31

Note: Late applications will only be considered for co-op work terms if the position was not finalized until after the main award deadline. Consideration of late applications is subject to funding availability.


Full-time OSAP 

  • 2023-24 OSAP supporting documents received the week of June 10
  • 2023-24 OSAP appeals received the week of June 10
  • Spring 2024 extensions are up to date
  • 2024-25 OSAP supporting documents received the week of June 10
  • 2024-25 OSAP appeals received the week of May 20