University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

Waterloo, Canada

  • 1956

  • 29

    No. of Programs
  • 173

    QS World University Rankings
  • Yes

  • Yes

    Hostel Accomodation


History, Affiliations & Rankings

The University of Waterloo (commonly known as Waterloo, UW, or UWaterloo) is a public research university with its main campus in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The university was founded in 1956 as the Waterloo College Associate Faculties, a semi-autonomous entity of Waterloo College, then an affiliate of the University of Western Ontario. Waterloo is a publicly funded research university and a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. Other affiliations are ATS, CARL, CBIE, CIS, CUP, CUSID, Fields Institute, IAU, U15, and UC. According to the US News Rankings 2020 edition, UW is ranked 217 among the Best Global Universities in the world and 9th in Canada.

Infrastructure, Campus & Courses 

Waterloo’s main campus is spread across 1000 acres of land. It also manages three satellite campuses in Canada and four affiliated university colleges namely the Conrad Grebal University College, Renison University College, St. Jerome’s University, and St. Paul’s University College. In addition, the university has satellite campuses in nearby Cambridge, Kitchener and Stratford. The university has six main academic divisions - Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Math and Science. More than 120 of Waterloo's undergraduate programs offer a co-op option. The most sought after courses at UW are Mathematics, English, Engineering, Computer Science, Business and Health Sciences. 

Accomplishments & Alumni

The University of Waterloo is consistently recognized for its achievements - nationally, internationally and provincially. A few of the accomplishments of the University’s faculty include winning Premier’s Catalyst Awards, Ontario Professional Engineers Awards, etc. A sampling of the university's research institutions includes the Water Institute, the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research and the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre. Waterloo is a community of more than 219,000 alumni who have has an influence on the university and the world. Prominent alumni of the UW include Rupi Kaur, Steve Smith, Kevin O’Leary, Mike Lazaridis, and Heather Moyse. 

Student Diversity & Visiting Companies

With 44% of graduate female students and 48% of undergraduate students, Waterloo supports equality for all students regardless of gender or sexuality. The University of Waterloo is a popular destination for higher studies among international students as more than 20% of undergraduate students and 40% of graduate students are international students coming from 152 countries. The top hirers include Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Tesla, amongst many others. Many of the university's students participate in a co-op programme that allows them to alternate academic terms with terms spent in the workforce.

COVID-19 Response

Although many students of the University of Waterloo are opting for remote learning, the university has put a set of guidelines for a safe return of students. In order to maintain a safe and healthy campus, Waterloo has asked all students to comply with the instructions laid down by the Government of Canada as well as the university. Find the latest COVID-19 updates announced by the university:

  • All international students need to fill out a form created by the university to keep track of their travel history and plans. Those who have recently travelled are required to follow the mandatory 14-day quarantine guidelines.

  • For the Fall 2020 semester, most courses will be delivered online.

  • Fall 2020 convocation will be conducted online.

  • All students need to take the Covid-19 self-assessment every day before entering the university campus.

  • Funding assistance will be provided to both international and domestic students enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate programmes.

  • Counselling services can be accessed through prior appointments and by phone. 

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University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada Scholarship

University of Waterloo Scholarships for International Students

At the University of Waterloo, The Student Awards & Financial Aid Office (SAFA) is responsible for scholarships to both domestic and international students. 

University of Waterloo Scholarships for Undergraduate International Students

Waterloo Entrance Awards

The university offers a great number of entrance scholarships to students who are in financial need. All applicants will be considered for the scholarship when they apply. However, the scholarships are available for full-time first-year students enrolled in a degree programme which would begin in September of any given year. Some of the Waterloo entrance awards include Admanski Entrance Scholarship, Amrik Bhogal Undergraduate Scholarship, Al Sandilands Entrance Scholarship, Arthur F. Church Mechanical Engineering Scholarships, Arts Alumni Entrance Scholarship, and many more. 

Waterloo Scholarships for Current Undergraduate International Students

These scholarships, bursaries, and other awards are exclusively for current undergraduate international students at the university. Amongst more than 500 such scholarships, few of them are A.B. McKie Memorial Scholarship, Anil K. Gandhi Memorial Scholarship, Ella Dinoi International Experience Award, Equitable Life Scholarship in Actuarial Science. It is to be noted that the value of these awards may vary and also be programme-specific.

University of Waterloo Scholarships for Graduate and Postdoctoral International Students

International Master's (IMSA) and International Doctoral Student Awards (IDSA)

This scholarship is available for any international student registered in a research-based graduate programme at the university. The student must meet the academic requirements and not have pending probationary admission requirements, or be receiving external funding simultaneously.

International Master’s Award of Excellence (IMAE)

IMAE is awarded to international students enrolled in a master’s research programme at the university. The $2,500-worth award will be granted every term for a maximum of five terms. Eligible students will be nominated by faculties based on their academic excellence.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

Funded by the provincial government, the scholarship is for masters and doctoral students from different parts of the world. This merit-based scholarship is available for students studying any discipline at the university.

Campus Location

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West, Waterloo Ontario, N2L 3G1 | 519-888-4567, ext. 33106 |

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