International student resources

International students participating in orientation activities

As you prepare to study from home, or travel to Canada, the following resources can help you. Adjusting to a new culture and a new school takes time, but we’re here to help make your transition go as smooth as possible.

Read the International Student Guide

Do you have questions about your immigration documents, Canadian culture, or how to get ready for school? We've compiled resources to answer your questions and help you prepare. Check out the newly added COVID-19 Travel and Quarantine Checklist and other top pages. 

Watch the International Live Chats

In June and July, we hosted a series of three live chats for new international undergraduate students. Hear from upper-year students as they share what it's like to be an international student at Waterloo. You'll learn about how to get #UWready with tips for connecting to campus, adjusting to a new culture, and thriving in your first year. Guests from across campus answer student questions about topics like housing, getting involved, and things that might surprise you about classes and work terms.

Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 immigration requirements

With the arrival of COVID-19, Canada's immigration policies continue to adapt to the ongoing crisis. Review the University’s Coronavirus Information website to learn how this impacts you as an international student and why it’s important to have a study permit before September – no matter where you are in the world. If you need immigration advice, ask an immigration consultant for free at the Student Success Office.

Check out the Waterloo Residences

If you’re coming to Canada, Waterloo Residences is a great place to start your journey. More than just a place to sleep, residence offers one of the most important opportunities for connection to campus and your identity as a Waterloo Warrior. Your safety is our priority, so learn more about safety in residence this fall.

Working in Canada

Whether you’re in co-op or looking for a part-time job, the Centre for Career Action can help you prepare for your work search in Canada and learn more about Canadian workplace culture.