The University of Waterloo is a public research university with a main campus in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The University of Waterloo ranks among the top institutions in the world. The university offers academic programs administered by six faculties and ten faculty-based schools. The university also operates three satellite campuses and four affiliated university colleges. Waterloo is a member of the U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada.
The University of Waterloo is most famous for its cooperative education(co-op) programs, which allow the students to integrate their education with applicable work experiences. The university operates the largest post-secondary co-operative education program in the world, with over 17,000 undergraduate students in over 140 co-operative education programs.
A study in university of Waterloo is an amazing opportunity. Some of the reasons to study here is that students stand to study in one of Canada’s Most Innovative University of Canadian universities.
Also students enjoy a global university rankings
- Waterloo has the 10th best water research institution in the world and is the only Canadian institute in the top 10 (Lux Research Inc.)
- Top 50 for engineering (Academic Rankings of World Universities)
How to apply
If you plan to be a full-time student at Waterloo, you’ll apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).
Applying through the OUAC means you can use one application to apply to multiple Waterloo programs or universities in Ontario. Once you apply, the OUAC will send us your application information. We will then email you with the next steps in the admissions process.
English language requirements
The following English language scores are in addition to Grade 12 English (or equivalent) if that is required for the program you’re applying to.
You need to provide an English language test score if
- your first language is not English AND
- your 4 most recent years of full-time education have not been in an English-language school system
You are not required to provide an English proficiency test score if you meet one of the following exceptions.
- You have been educated in Canada and your first language is English or
- You are a bilingual Francophone Canadian or
- Your first language is French and you have completed 4 or more years of full-time studies in a high school in Canada.
Your first language is not English and your 4 most recent years of full-time education have been taught in an entirely English-language school system either in Canada or in another country.
- If your 4 most recent years of full-time education have been in a country other than Canada, the following conditions apply.
- Official transcripts indicating subjects taught, grades achieved, and language of instruction must be provided by your high school and/or post-secondary institution(s) to support your claim.
- We will also consider official letters from your school’s principal or head of guidance verifying that all subjects (excluding language courses) are taught in English.
- Official documents must arrive by Waterloo’s document deadline.
- English as a Second Language programs do not qualify you for this exemption and cannot be included in the number of years of full-time education in an English-language school system.
Required English language scores
Tests that do not appear on this chart are not accepted for admission consideration. Choose one of the test options and register for a test date well in advance of Waterloo’s document deadlines.
|Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) – Test Of English as a Foreign Language||90 overall
25 writing, 25 speaking
|IELTS Academic – International English Language Testing System||6.5 overall
6.5 writing, 6.5 speaking, 6.0 reading, 6.0 listening
|MELAB – Michigan English Language Assessment Battery||85 overall
80 per section
if you’re applying to a co-op program: 3 speaking
|CAEL – Canadian Academic English Language Assessment||70 overall
60 per band
70 writing, 70 speaking
|PTE Academic – Pearson Test of English||63 overall
65 writing, 65 speaking
|EFAS – English for Academic Success||75% overall in 400 levels
75% in each of academic, oral, and writing
Please note that the estimates of the costs you may encounter while you’re a graduate student at Waterloo is subjected to change.
Tuition is based on a four-month term, and is subject to change on an annual basis.
- These amounts are approximate, and should be used only as a guide.
- Individual costs may vary depending on factors including your lifestyle, marital status and program of study
- All costs are in Canadian dollars (CAD)
- fall term (September to December); winter term (January to April) & spring term (May to August)
- If you’re admitted to a qualifying or non-degree program you will pay fees at the per-course fee corresponding to your program.
- Some graduate programs have different tuition fees. Review Student Financial Services – Tuition Fee Schedules page for the most up-to-date tuition fees.
International (fall 2018)
Program type* Full time (one term) Part time (one term)
Master’s (research, coursework) $6,838 $3,419
Doctoral (PhD) $6,770 $3,385
Online professional graduate programs from $7,146 from $3,573
Estimated living costs
Books and supplies (varies by program) $500 to $1,000