Universities in Canada

University of Waterloo


University Information

Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Founded: 1956
Undergraduate Students: 31 300
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Public university
Website: www.uwaterloo.ca

About the University

In the heart of Waterloo Region, at the forefront of innovation, the University of Waterloo is home to world-changing research and inspired teaching. At the hub of a growing network of global partnerships, Waterloo will shape the future by building bridges with industry and between disciplines, institutions and communities.

6 faculties are open to Exchange students:

  • Arts
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Math
  • Science (please note that students are restricted to 2 Computer Science courses per semester)

Teaching and research excellence remain core to Waterloo’s mission. Waterloo continues to stand out among Canadian universities, ranked as the nation’s most innovative university for 25 consecutive years (according to Maclean’s magazine), and #1 in Canada for Computer Science and Engineering (U.S. News and World Report).

Excerpt from the University of Waterloo’s website.

TOEFL: 90*/120
*Candidates must have at least a 25 in both writing and speaking sections

IELTS: 6,5

All Waterloo students must sign up for basic UHIP Insurance, you do not have to take the additional coverage option.  It is important that you arrange for insurance to cover health care costs as soon as you arrive in Waterloo. As a University of Waterloo student, you  must be covered by both a health and a dental plan:

Cost: $200.00-400.00 (CA)

Living on-campus:  On-campus housing is available on first-come first-served basis for undergraduate students. 

There are a lot of details to consider when studying internationally. Waterloo believes in fostering a supportive living environment that will take the stress out of your transition to Canada. There are many benefits to on campus living. Here are just a few:

  • All-inclusive living, which includes furniture, utilities, high-speed internet and a weekly a grocery shuttle!
  • Dedicated Residence Life team who are there to connect you with the support you need to thrive physically, mentally, academically, and socially.
  • Each floor is monitored by a Residence Life Don, and facilities are only accessible by WatCard. A dedicated campus police service and system of help lines also ensures a safe and secure environment.

For more information, check out the pricing list and residence hall information at this website.

Cost: $3,404.00 – $4,904.00 per semester* 
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan. This adds an addition $2,305.00 – $2,705.00

Off-campus Housing: Housing can be found off-campus around the university.  Contact your international student advisor for possible ressources.  

The average budget per month is: $400 – 500 

The Canadian government requires proof of 10,000$ (CA) per year.

Please note that due to high demand in the Computer Science and Engineering departments, these courses are temporarily closed to international students.