University of Waterloo


In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, has become a leading comprehensive university with more than 36,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Consistently ranked Canada’s most innovative university, the University of Waterloo is home to advanced research and teaching in science and engineering, mathematics and computer science, health, environment, arts and social sciences. From quantum computing and nanotechnology to clinical psychology and health sciences research, the University of Waterloo brings ideas and brilliant minds together, inspiring innovations with real impact today and in the future.

Quick facts

Why This University

  • Location: Waterloo is a vibrant and multicultural community that is perfect for university students; the Uptown area has everything from restaurants and bars to various boutique stores, parks and hiking trails to enjoy.  
  • Research: The University of Waterloo is a world-leading research institution in a wide-range of fields and disciplines, at all levels of study. Built to answer the challenges of a rapidly advancing society, Waterloo is a place where ideas are innovated, tested and proven.
  • Co-op Opportunities: As home to the world’s largest post-secondary co-operative education program, the University embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research, and commercialization.
  • Community Outreach: At local, regional, provincial and national levels, the University is regarded as an institution with a vast array of expertise and resources that help contribute to a strong and vibrant community.


  • Bachelor of Arts – Honours Arts and Business – Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts
  • Bachelor of Science – Science and Business
  • Bachelor of Science – Honours Science
  • Bachelor of Mathematics – Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Applied Science – Civil Engineering (Co-op)
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Arts – Honours Arts and Business
  • Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management (Co-op)
  • Bachelor of Science – Health Studies

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  • Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology
  • Bridge to Academic Success (BASE)

Direct Entry

If your student meets the academic and English language requirements for the degree program, they can apply directly to the university program.

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Campus and location


Students need to plan their accommodations well in advance of their arrival as all accommodation options fill up quickly, well before the start of the semester.

On-Campus Residence Accommodations

On-Campus residence accommodations are provided per discretion by the school.

Off-Campus Accommodations

The local area has a variety of off-campus rental housing options including single homes, duplexes, apartments and rooms for rent. Students wishing to live off-campus need to research availability on their own and should arrive well before the start of term to do so.


There are a wide variety of homestay options available, and our partners do their best to match students and hosts according to their interests and preferences. Homestay hosts include single people, young couples with children and pets, and older couples. All homestay accommodations have been inspected, and all adults in the home have completed a required criminal reference  check.

University facilities

Tuition Fees

Fees for international students

Faculty or program
(Not sure which faculty offers your program of interest? View programs listed by faculty.)
Approximate tuition and incidentalsBooks, supplies
Faculties of Applied Health Sciences and Arts$40,900$2,290
Faculty of Engineering, Software Engineering$61,300$2,290
Faculty of Environment$41,100$2,290
Faculty of Mathematics$45,500$2,290
Faculty of Science$42,700$2,290
Accounting and Financial Management*$40,900$2,290
Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy$42,900$2,290
Business Administration (Laurier) and Mathematics (Waterloo) Double Degree$45,500$2,290
Computer Science, Business Administration (Laurier) and Computer Science (Waterloo) Double Degree$61,300$2,290
Computing and Financial Management*$45,700$2,290
Global Business and Digital Arts$45,100$2,290
Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy$44,100$2,290
Mathematics/Financial Analysis and Risk Management$45,500$2,290
Fees are for two terms/eight months of school, based on September 2020 and a full course load (5 courses per term). Fees for September 2021 will be available in July and will likely be higher. You pay fees one school term at a time (not the entire year at once).
Co-op students pay a fee of $734 per term to cover some costs of the co-op program. If you’re in a co-op program, you don’t pay tuition during your co-op work terms.
*For accounting and finance programs, tuition is significantly higher in your upper years.
For the two aviation programs, professional pilot training is estimated to be an additional $77,000 over 3 calendar years.
All figures are in Canadian dollars. Convert Canadian dollars to INR (Indian rupees), USD, CNY (Yuan Renminbi), AED (UAE Dirham), PKR (Pakistani rupee), and more.


Available to students in any program (no application required)

Once you’ve applied for admission, we’ll automatically consider you for these awards.

If you’re admitted to the Faculty of Arts and choose Renison University College or St. Jerome’s University as your academic home (by co-registering), any scholarships will be awarded by Renison or St. Jerome’s.

President’s Scholarship of Distinction
  • $2,000 Entrance Scholarship
  • $1,500 International Experience Award* or $1,500 Research Award* or both
  • Early May admission average of 95%+
  • Available to students admitted to full-time first-year degree studies at Waterloo and who are beginning post-secondary studies for the first time in September.

Visit the President’s Scholarship web page for full details.

*Note: The International Experience Award and/or Research Award are available after first year if you choose to claim them and if you complete your first year with at least an 80% average.

President’s Scholarship$2,000 Entrance Scholarship
  • Early May admission average of 90% to 94.9%
  • Available to students admitted to full-time first-year degree studies at Waterloo and who are beginning post-secondary studies for the first time in September.

Visit the President’s Scholarship web page for full details.

Merit Scholarship$1,000 Entrance Scholarship
  • Early May admission average of 85% to 89.9%
  • Available to students admitted to full-time first-year degree studies at Waterloo and who are beginning post-secondary studies for the first time in September.

Visit the President’s Scholarship web page for full details.

Entrance scholarships sponsored by alumni and donorsSeveral at $1,000 – $5,000Academic performance
International Student Entrance ScholarshipsSeveral at $10,000 eachAvailable to international students admitted to first year of a full-time undergraduate degree program

Mathematics and Computer Science applicants only: Results of Euclid Mathematics Contest and/or Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest may be used to award scholarships.

Accounting and Financial Management applicants only: Results of the Accounting and Financial Management Admissions Assignment are used to award scholarships.

Admission Requirements & Deadline

  • General Certificate of Secondary Education or equivalent
  • Passes in at least five unique subjects, three of which must be at the Advanced Level
  • The faculties of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science may consider GCSE-level English as a Second Language provided that you also submit a satisfactory English Language test score.
  • Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Accounting and Financial Management, Environment, and Architecture will not accept GCSE-level English as a Second Language to satisfy the academic English course requirement.
  • Applicants admitted to programs in the faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Environment, Mathematics, or Science will be given consideration for transfer credit for Advanced Level courses in which a minimum final grade of “B” is attained.
  • IGCSE and GCE (O-level) courses are assessed as equivalent for programs that require courses at the GCSE level.
  • For programs that require A-level Mathematics, Mathematics or Pure Mathematics are accepted.

For more information regarding transfer credits and advanced standing for A-Level courses, please visit our A-Level transfer credit policy page.

  • An Admission Information Form (AIF) is required for admission to this program. Instructions for the AIF will be sent once we receive your application.
  • You’re strongly encouraged to write the Euclid Mathematics Contest and/or the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest. Results of the contests will be used in scholarship decisions and possibly admission decisions for programs in the Faculty of Mathematics.
  • If your first language is not English, you may need to meet our English language requirements.
  • If you repeat a required course or take a course outside of your regular day school, you may jeopardize your chances of being admitted to the Faculty of Mathematics. You should take all your courses in regular day school and do well in your first attempt. There will normally be no penalty if you take online courses during your regular school year along with a full course load through your high school or school board.
  • Required courses that are more than three years old may need to be updated. Email the admissions office for more information.
ProgramApplication deadlineDocuments deadline (What documents are due?)
Most programsFebruary 1, 2021February 19, 2021
Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP)February 1, 2021

Admission Information Form: March 1, 2021

Other documents: April 2, 2021


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