The Waterloo University
In 1957, the University of Waterloo opened its doors to 74 engineering students with co-operative education as its cornerstone. Today, with more than 42,000+ students attending annually, Waterloo is #1 in Canada for experiential learning and employer-student connections. With a global network spanning more than 220,000 alumni in 151 countries, Waterloo attracts world-class scholars including a Nobel Laureate, leads in providing work-integrated learning opportunities with 7,100+ active co-op employers and fosters an entrepreneurial spirit that’s created 5,000+ jobs through Velocity alone, Canada’s most productive startup incubator by private investment. Today, the University of Waterloo continues to spur innovation to solve problems on a global scale.
As one of Canada’s top innovation universities, the University of Waterloo offers programs in business, engineering, health, humanities and social sciences, the environment, math, and science. Students will alternate school and paid work terms with the University of Waterloo’s network of employers, including many of the world’s top brands. Students will gain up to two years of relevant experience before starting their career. Many graduates also pursue further education such as law, medicine, business, or specialized master’s programs on campus or at other top universities around the world.
Why the University of Waterloo
Location: At the heart of Canada is the province of Ontario, where the University of Waterloo is located. With 13.6 million people, Ontario is one of Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories and is home to the majority of Canada’s population. Waterloo is a vibrant and multicultural community that is perfect for university students; the Uptown area has everything from restaurants and bars to various boutique stores, parks and hiking trails to enjoy.
Research: The University of Waterloo is a world-leading research institution in a wide-range of fields and disciplines, at all levels of study. Built to answer the challenges of a rapidly advancing society, Waterloo is a place where ideas are innovated, tested and proven.
Co-op Opportunities: As home to the world’s largest post-secondary co-operative education program, the University embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research, and commercialization.
Community Outreach: At local, regional, provincial and national levels, the University is regarded as an institution with a vast array of expertise and resources that help contribute to a strong and vibrant community.
Co-op/ Internship Placement
Cooperative education (or co-operative education) and internships are methods of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. A cooperative education experience ("co-op"), provides academic credit for structured job experience. Co-ops are full-time, paid or unpaid positions. Internships may be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid positions.
Work While Studying
Even if students do NOT meet the minimum English requirement (IELTS or TOEFL), they can still can get conditionally accepted in the program of their choice with the condition of completing the University of Waterloo's English program prior to starting their chosen program.
Students wishing to live off-campus need to research availability on their own, and should arrive well before the start of term to do so.
There are a wide variety of homestay options available, and our partner schools do their best to match students and hosts according to their interests and preferences. All homestay accommodations have been inspected, and all adults in the home have completed a required criminal reference check.