Come to Waterloo - undergraduate applications

Undergraduate exchange eligibility 

In order to participate in an international exchange program, you must be enrolled at one of the University of Waterloo's Exchange Partner institutions. Your home university will determine if you are eligible to participate in an exchange program, so you must contact the exchange office at your home university prior to completing the online exchange application. Credit for courses that are successfully completed are normally transferable towards the degree from their home university.

To meet the eligibility requirements, students applying for the undergraduate exchange program must:

  • be currently enrolled at one of University of Waterloo’s Exchange Partner institutions,
  • be nominated by their home institution as an Exchange applicant, and
  • meet University of Waterloo’s undergraduate English language proficiency (or equivalent).

Application procedure 

Once your nomination is accepted by Waterloo you will receive an email to complete the following steps: 

Note: Admission Information Form (AIF) is not required for exchange applications

Architecture exchange students–additional requirements

In addition to the eligibility criteria outlined above, architecture exchange students must have:

  • completed at least two years of study (equivalent to 4 terms/5 terms is ideal) prior to the commencement of exchange, and
  • a 75% overall cumulative average or equivalent at their home institution (this is an increase from the standard 70% overall asked of general undergraduate exchange students).

Apart from the supporting documents listed above, Architecture applicants are also required to submit a portfolio by email to

Deadlines for student applicants

Admission term Nomination and application deadline

Fall: September - December

April 1

Winter: January - April

September 1

Spring: May - August

December 1

To be considered, your application must be submitted in full by the deadlines indicated. 

Admission results

We aim to email all offers of admission to students within eight weeks of the application deadline.

Contact us

Email your questions to Hope Salese, Global Learning Coordinator.