University of Waterloo

Waterloo, Stratford
Canada

Language of instruction

English

The University of Waterloo has created an outstanding educational reputation recognised around the world. In the heart of Waterloo Region, at the forefront of innovation, the University of Waterloo is home to world-changing research and inspired teaching. The UWaterloo campus is a friendly, supportive, and multicultural environment.

Located in Canada’s “technology triangles”, Waterloo has been consistently voted one of the nation’s smartest cities. The city offers a unique blend of intriguing restaurants, boutique stores, several microbreweries, galleries and nightlife. Waterloo is just a one-hour drive from downtown Toronto.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Winter Term January–April
Semester 2 Fall Term September–December

View U Waterloo's academic calendar.

Campuses

University of Waterloo has multiple campuses, with exchange programs available at:

  • Main campus
  • School of Architecture, Cambridge

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

Undergraduate students:

2.5 credits at U Waterloo is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Postgraduate students:

1.5 credits at U Waterloo is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at U Waterloo.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the U Waterloo course catalogue for undergraduate programs or postgraduate programs if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Anthropology
Architecture
Biological sciences
Biomedical engineering
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Chinese
Civil and structural engineering
Classical languages
Computer engineering
Computer science
Criminology
Drama
Earth sciences
Economics
Electrical engineering
English
Environmental engineering
Environmental studies
Exercise science
French
German
History and ancient history
Information technology
Italian
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Microbiology
Music
Nutrition science
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Religion
Social work
Sociology
Software engineering
Spanish
Postgraduate
Anthropology
Architecture
Biological sciences
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil and structural engineering
Computer engineering
Computer science
Earth sciences
Economics
Electrical engineering
English
History and ancient history
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Regional and town planning
Sociology

Course restrictions

Business courses are not available to exchange students at U.Waterloo.

U Waterloo has a list of restricted courses for exchange students.

Additional academic information

Course code numbering:

  • 100-199: Undergradutate (usually first year)
  • 200-599: Undergraduate
  • 600+: Postgraduate

Undergraduate Architecture students: Waterloo's third year winter term (UQ's semester 1) will be the best fit for your program

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

Waterloo offers a variety of on-campus living options. Residence space for exchange students is limited and applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cost of living

Use the University of Waterloo's budget calculator to get an idea of the cost of living and studying in Waterloo.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All students going on exchange to the University of Waterloo are required to purchase their compulsory health insurance. More information regarding the University Health Insurance Plan can be found on Waterloo's website.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the High Commission of Canada for visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.