University of Waterloo

General Requirements 

  • IELTS – 6.5 overall

         (6.5 writing, 6.5 speaking,)

         (6.0 reading, 6.0 listening)

In 2001, the university announced it would develop the Waterloo Research and Technology Park on the north campus. The park was planned to house many of the high-tech industries in the area and is supported by the university, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, the provincial and federal governments, and Canada’s Technology Triangle. The aim was to provide businesses with access to the university’s faculty, cooperative education students, and alumni, as well as the university’s infrastructure and resources. Groundbreaking was on 25 June 2002, with the first completed building, the Sybase campus building, opening on 26 November 2004. In 2010, the Waterloo Research and Tech Park was renamed the David Johnston Research and Technology Park, after David Johnston, the 28th Governor General of Canada and former president of the university.

From 2009 to 2012, the university managed four undergraduate programs in Dubai. The university worked in partnership with the Higher Colleges of Technology, the largest post-secondary institution in the United Arab Emirates. Discussions regarding the partnership emerged in 2004, and the Dubai campus was officially opened in September 2009. Through the partnership, the university offered undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering, civil engineering, financial analysis and risk management, and information technology management. The programs offered in Dubai took place in facilities provided by the Higher Colleges of Technology. On 30 October 2012, the university’s Board of Governors decided to close the university’s extension in Dubai.

On 29 June 2023, one professor and two students of UW were stabbed during a gender studies class. The perpetrator, a UW graduate, has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault; four counts of assault with a weapon; two counts of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose; and mischief under $5,000. Investigators of the Waterloo Regional Police Service believe it was a hate-motivated incident related to gender expression and gender identity.


It is ranked 112 in the QS World University Rankings 2024.



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Course & Apply Date

Course Application Deadline Last Date for Documents
Undergraduate February 1, 2024 February 16, 2024
Early Consideration for Engineering Courses December 15, 2023 January 15, 2024
Undergraduate Pharmacy January 8, 2024 January 22, 2024



Subject & Tuition Fees for International Students:

Faculty or program Estimated tuition and incidental fees  for two terms Books, supplies
Accounting and Financial Management*, Sustainability and Financial Management* $55,000 $2,500
Architecture $71,000 $4,225
Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy $50,000 $2,500
Business Administration (Laurier) and Mathematics (Waterloo) Double Degree $60,000 $2,500
Computer Science, Business Administration (Laurier), and Computer Science (Waterloo) Double Degree $70,000 $2,500
Computing and Financial Management* $60,000 $2,500
Faculty of Arts $55,000 $2,500
Faculty of Engineering, Software Engineering $71,000 $2,500
Faculty of Environment $48,000 $2,500
Faculty of Health $48,000 $2,500
Faculty of Mathematics $59,000 $2,500
Faculty of Science $50,000 $2,500
Global Business and Digital Arts $53,000 $2,500
Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy $59,000 $2,500
Mathematics/Financial Analysis and Risk Management $60,000 $2,500