University of Waterloo

Waterloo, Stratford
Canada

Language of instruction

English

   Generally available as a second or third preference.

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 SemesterHost SemesterDates
Semester 1Winter TermJanuary–April
Semester 2Fall TermSeptember–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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

Undergraduate: 2.5 credits at U Waterloo is equivalent to 8 UQ units.
Postgraduate: 1.5 credits at U Waterloo is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Host university requirements

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

Study Options
You must choose one admission faculty from the available list. Further details are outlined in the Additional Academic Information section below.

Other Requirements
Architecture students must have completed two years of study at UQ and show relevant academic backgrounds in the proposed field of study before going to Waterloo.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.

Find courses

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

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. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Anthropology
Architecture
Biological sciences
Biomedical engineering
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil engineering
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Data Science
Design
Development
Drama
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
Electrical engineering
English
English literature
Environmental engineering
Environmental studies
French
Gender Studies
Geotechnical engineering
German
History and ancient history
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Music
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Religion
Social work
Sociology
Software engineering
Spanish
Postgraduate
Anthropology
Architecture
Biological sciences
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil engineering
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer engineering
Computer science
Data Science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
Electrical engineering
English literature
Environmental engineering
Environmental studies
French
German
History and ancient history
Leadership and Management
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Regional and town planning
Religion
Social work
Sociology

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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.

Additional Mandatory Fees

Waterloo has additional mandatory incidental fees, which include mandatory health insurance and a student services fee that provides unlimited access to the regional transit system. These fees cannot not be waived. 

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 a Semester-based Exchange 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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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 the Global Experiences team 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 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, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 24 April (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 31 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)