• Rank: # 173rd QS Survey
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University of Waterloo

In 1957, innovation and entrepreneurship brought University of Waterloo into being, as a group of business leaders imagined a new university built to tackle some of the world’s most daunting challenges. It was the age of the Cold War and the space race, when a single computer filled a room. Discoveries in science, medicine and engineering were coming fast and furious. Industry leaders in Kitchener-Waterloo knew moving forward meant more than just training people in the technology of the day. In 1957 University of Waterloo opens with 74 students, with engineering and co-operative education as cornerstones. Today: 31,380 undergraduate, 5,290 graduate students 17% undergraduate and 37% graduate students are international 1,000-acre main campus in Waterloo, 100+ buildings Satellite campuses reinvigorating city cores across our region in Kitchener (health sciences), Cambridge (architecture) and Stratford (digital media) 40,000 enrolments annually in online undergraduate and graduate credit courses through Waterloo's Centre for Extended Learning (2015-16) 58 per cent of students have an entrance average of 90+ per cent (2015)


# 173rd

QS Survey 2020

# 152nd

QS Survey 2018

# 201st-250th

Times Higher 2018

# 152nd

QS Survey 2017

Admission Criteria & Eligibility

Test Minimum score
 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
  • Your 4 most recent years of full-time education must be immediately before the beginning of the month you start your studies at Waterloo.
  • The English language requirements stated above are minimum required scores. Applicants with higher scores may be given preference for some programs.
  • Paper-based TOEFL will be considered on an individual case-by-case basis.
  • Students achieving an overall IELTS score of 7.0 and no band score below 6.0 may be given individual consideration for admission to full-time undergraduate studies.
  • For some programs, individual consideration may be given for an iBT overall score of 90 (writing and/or speaking of 23 or 24).
  • The University reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission if an applicant fails to meet the minimum English language requirements for the program to which he or she has applied.
  • If you have completed your 4 most recent years of full-time education in an English-language school system and you also provide a failing English language test score, the University reserves the right to withdraw your Offer of Admission or refuse admission.
  • The University reserves the right to request an English language test result from any applicant.

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University of Waterloo

200 University , Avenue West Waterloo, ON, Canada, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1

Phone: + 1- 519- 888-4567
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