If you're not a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, you must have a Study Permit to attend university in Canada. A study permit is the official document granted by the Government of Canada that gives you permission to study in Canada. It also gives you the right to remain in Canada for the duration of the permit – one to 4 years, depending on the discretion of the granting institution.
It can take up to 60 business days/3 months to processes a study permit application, so you're encouraged to apply early.Back to top
2. Complete your study permit application by providing
Depending on how old you are and where you’re coming from, you may also be asked to provide
There are some additional items outlined on the Government of Canada’s document checklist that you’re encouraged to bring with you. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for more information.
For all programs, with the exception of programs in the Faculty of Mathematics, reference letters are not required.
Instructions for the Mathematics Teacher Reference are included in the Admissions Information Form (AIF). It should be submitted no later than March 5th. Ideally, your current mathematics teacher will complete the information. If you're in a semestered school and are not taking math until the second term, you can substitute another math teacher (grade 11) or a computer science teacher.
Waterloo will NOT consider you for admission if you do not meet or exceed the English language test score required by your program. If your scores are close to our requirements, you may be eligible for conditional admission through our BASE program.
It can take between 4-6 weeks for your official test scores to reach Waterloo, so you're encouraged to book and write your English language test early.