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How to get into Waterloo

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Waterloo is a school that helps you gain relevant experience for whatever you want to do in the future. North America’s largest co-op program plus international exchanges, clubs, certificate programs, lab work, field studies, and hackathons are all examples of how Waterloo lets you explore your passions. *

The University of Waterloo is one of the most well-ranked and prestigious universities in the world. Waterloo has more than 30,000 students from 120 countries and has the largest co-op program in North America. Application processes can be tedious and complex, which is why we have come up with helpful pointers for a smooth application journey.

GPA REQUIREMENTS – For admission at Waterloo, students will be evaluated based on 10th board results, final 11th school scores, and predicted 12th-grade results. Waterloo’s required GPA score is 70%, to determine your admissibility Waterloo focuses on your entire academic record.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TEST REQUIREMENTS – If the first language is not English, then international students need to meet the English proficiency requirements. With a 6.5 overall, 6.5 writing, 6.0 reading, 6.0 listening, 6.5 speaking on IELTS, and 90 overall, 25 writing, and 25 speaking on the TOEFL.

APPLICATION PORTAL – All international students need to apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) 105 application. Within two weeks, applicants receive details via emails from the university. Quest is Waterloo’s online student information system to view your application status, complete the Admission Information Form, and upload documents needed as part of the application procedure.

ADMISSION INFORMATION FORM (AIF) – The University of Waterloo uses the Admission Information Form (AIF) instead of essays or personal statements that other universities need. The AIF helps the university understand your goals, interests, extracurriculars, and more. When the universities make decisions about admission and scholarship, the details you provide can be of great help.

SCHOLARSHIPS – Waterloo has an extensive entrance awards database and according to your likes and requirements you can filter down and narrow your search. Annually, twenty scholarships, valued at $10,000 are awarded to outstanding international students for an undergraduate program admitted to year one. Selection is based on academic excellence and faculty-specific criteria.

CO-OP – The University of Waterloo is particularly known for its co-op. At Waterloo, you will generally alternate between 4 months as a full-time employee where you’ll work and 4 months in school. The co-op program is a great way to see how your course relates to real-life experiences and learn to be successful at job interviews.


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