Departments across the university provide a number of programs that support Waterloo students in their social, cultural and academic transition to university.

Peer mentorship programs can connect you with upper-year mentors who act as a non-judgmental, approachable and knowledgeable first resource and support system. Each of these programs are targeted at groups of students seeking specific types of support.

Mentorship programs

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Program  Audience About the program

Applied Health Sciences Mentorship

First-year Applied Health Sciences students

Academic mentors help you achieve academic success through course review sessions, study strategy workshops and course selection support. They also help you transition to your second year of university.

BASE Peer Leaders

Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) students

BASE Peer Leaders have a desire and passion for helping first-year international students and English Language Learners. Our Peer Leaders provide student success coaching support to students in the BASE program, while also coordinating social, academic, and transitional events for students. They also help to oversee volunteer student committees to encourage BASE students to get involved at the University of Waterloo.

Student Career Leaders

All Waterloo students

Mentors connect you with resources in preparation for your job search including help with cover letters, resumes and interviews.  

Department of English Peer Mentoring Program

Second-year and transfer students pursuing an English major

Network with upper-year English students, learn about Waterloo opportunities and experiences and gain support in academics, balance and organization.

English Language Institute Peer Leaders

English For Academic Success & General English at Renison students

ELI Peer Leaders help English Language Learners improve their English and communication skills through social activities. The Peer Leaders facilitate conversation activities and social trips to help our students experience life in Canada and have a positive student experience.

Peer Leaders in Living Learning Communities

First-year students

Live near peers in residence who are enrolled in similar classes. An upper-year student is matched to your community and will organize sessions to enhance your in-class learning including study skills, writing help and academic program information sessions.

Science Student Help Team

Undergraduate Science students 

Speak with mentors about strategies to cope with workload, picking courses and exploring potential career options.

Fellowship Program

First-year School of Accounting and Finance students

Connect with a third-year mentor for two years who can help you tackle academic and accounting industry demands.

International Peer Community

New international students

Meet and attend events with your International Peer Community.

Move your mind

Students experiencing mental health challenges and referred by their physician

Use physical activity as a way to better your mental health and wellbeing.  Mentors provide support through one on one activity consultations, goal setting and scheduling, attend workouts together, and provide motivation and accountability throughout the term.

Warrior Workout Buddy Program

All Waterloo students The Warrior Workout Buddy program can help you meet like-minded students to get active with by matching you with a peer with similar interests, goals and fitness levels.