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English Language Requirement for Applicants Whose First Language is Not English

The official language of instruction at the University of Waterloo is English. It is the responsibility of the University to ensure that its undergraduate students have sufficient English language skills to cope with the demands of the academic curriculum as well as, for many, the communication skills to be successful in co-operative education programs.

The following requirements are distinct from and in addition to the requirement to present Ontario Grade 12 English 4U, OAC English or equivalent, where it is stated as an admission requirement.

Applicants Whose Five Most Recent Years of Full-Time Education Have Been in an English Language School System:*

Applicants who fall under this category are NOT required to provide a test score of English language proficiency for admission purposes. As well, bilingual francophone Canadians educated in Canada do not have to meet these English language proficiency requirements for admission purposes.



Applicants Whose Five Most Recent Years of Full-Time Education Have NOT Been in an English Language School System:*

Applicants who fall under this category must provide ONE of the following test options with minimum scores as indicated in the chart below.



* Please note: In an English language school system, the majority of classes are taught entirely in the English medium. The University reserves the right to verify the extent to which an applicant has been educated in the English language.

Students who do not meet these requirements may still be eligible for admission. The Faculty of Mathematics together with Conestoga College administers the English Language for Academic Studies (ELAS) Program for applicants to Mathematics who require assistance with the English language.

In very exceptional cases the University is willing to consider an exemption for those who have studied in an English language school system for less than five consecutive years as of the first day of classes at UW, and who can demonstrate clearly that they have acquired the necessary language skills. The appropriate admissions committee will consider requests on a case-by-case basis. Applicants requesting an exemption or further information about English language requirements at UW should contact the University in writing or by e-mail to Julie Pocock at jpocock@uwaterloo.ca.

All English language proficiency requirements must be met before the first day of classes at UW.



Faculty/Program

Test Option #1

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

www.toefl.org

Test Option #2

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

www.ielts.org

Test Option #3

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/melab.htm

Applied Health Sciences

TOEFL 237 computer-based (or 580 paper-based) with essay rating 4.5, plus TSE 45

IELTS 7.0

MELAB 85

Arts

TOEFL 250 computer-based (or 600 paper-based) with essay rating 5.0, plus TSE 50

IELTS 7.5

MELAB 90 with 80 per section and 3 in the speaking component

Engineering

TOEFL 250 computer-based (or 600 paper-based) with essay rating 5.0, plus TSE 50

IELTS 7.5

MELAB 90 with 80 per section and 3 in the speaking component

Environmental Studies

TOEFL 250 computer-based (or 600 paper-based) with essay rating 5.0, plus TSE 50

IELTS 7.5

MELAB 90 with 80 per section and 3 in the speaking component

Independent Studies

TOEFL 250 computer-based (or 600 paper-based) with essay rating 5.0, plus TSE 50

IELTS 7.5

MELAB 90 with 80 per section and 3 in the speaking component

Mathematics

TOEFL 237 computer-based (or 580 paper-based) with essay rating 4.5, plus TSE 50 if applying for a co-op program

IELTS 7.0

MELAB 85

Science

TOEFL 237 computer-based (or 580 paper-based) with essay rating 4.5, plus TSE 45

IELTS 7.0

MELAB 85

Software Engineering

TOEFL 250 computer-based (or 600 paper-based) with essay rating 5.0, plus TSE 50

IELTS 7.5

MELAB 90 with 80 per section and 3 in the speaking component

applying to waterloo – 2004


minimum admission requirements

All of our admission requirements are expressed in terms of the Ontario high school system. Your qualifications must be equivalent.

Minimum admission requirements do not apply to Optometry or Social Work, which require previous university study.

All applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

  • At least 6 Ontario Academic Credits (OACs) or, from the new Ontario Secondary School (OSS) curriculum, a minimum of 4 Grade 12 U courses plus 2 Grade 12 U or M courses; some exceptions may apply for Arts and Mathematics programs. Bioinformatics, Engineering, and Software Engineering programs require 5 Grade 12 U courses and 1 Grade 12 U or M course.

  • Overall average of 70% on the best 6 OACs or Grade 12 U and M courses, which must include required courses; many programs require higher averages.

  • Specific course requirements and recommendations as listed in the program information & requirements section.

  • Repeated courses may be taken into consideration, depending on the program.

  • An Admission Information Form (AIF) sent with the acknowledgment of your application must be filled out for most programs.

Based on admissions information for the 2004-2005 school year.

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how to apply – specific applicant information



The following information will give you specific application and admissions information. All applicants must also meet the minimum admission requirements specified above.

I am applying as a(n):

> Ontario high school student
> High school student from Canada outside Ontario
> International visa student
> College or university student
> International Baccalaureate student
> Home-schooled student
> Mature student
> Part-time or Distance Education student

Note: All figures are in Canadian (CDN) dollars.

 


Ontario high school student

Application form

  • Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) form 101

  • Apply online (SSOLA); in some cases paper forms are available from your guidance/student services office

Application fees

Deadlines for applications

  • See below

Admissions information

  • We'll accept OACs or Grade 12 new curriculum U and M courses or a combination; see the program information & requirements section of this website for specific requirements.

Based on admissions information for the 2004-2005 school year.

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High school student from Canada outside Ontario

Application form

Application fees

  • $85 application fee (3 choices)

  • $25 per extra choice

  • $60 UW supplementary fee

  • $10 mailing surcharge if address is outside Canada

Deadlines for applications

  • See below

Admissions information

  • Quebec applicants need first-year CEGEP or equivalent; other provinces/territories need Grade 12 diploma.

  • Courses must be equivalent to Ontario courses listed in the program information & requirements section; the Canadian course equivalencies chart lists equivalent courses for other provinces and territories.

Based on admissions information for the 2004-2005 school year.

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International visa student

Application form

  • Ontario high school student – Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) form 101

  • All other students – OUAC form 105

  • Apply online (COMPASS) or request an application form (105 only) from the UW Visitors Centre

Application fees

  • 101 – $80 application fee (3 choices)

  • 105 – $85 application fee (3 choices)

  • $25 per extra choice

  • $60 UW supplementary fee (105 only)

  • $10 mailing surcharge if address is outside Canada

Deadlines for applications

  • See below

Admissions information

  • We recognize equivalent international certificates as outlined in the international admissions section.

  • Course requirements must be equivalent to those listed in the program information & requirements section.

  • English language requirements are in addition to OAC English or Grade 12 U English if it is required for the program you're applying to.

Based on admissions information for the 2004-2005 school year.

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International Baccalaureate student

Application form

  • Ontario high school student – Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) form 101

  • All other students – OUAC form 105

  • Apply online or request an application form (105 only) from the UW Visitors Centre

Application fees

  • 101 – $80 application fee (3 choices)

  • 105 – $85 application fee (3 choices)

  • $25 per extra choice

  • $60 UW supplementary fee (105 only)

  • $10 mailing surcharge if address is outside Canada

Deadlines for applications

  • See below

Admissions information

  • The University of Waterloo accepts the I.B. Diploma as a basis of admission to first-year undergraduate studies.

  • An overall grade total of 28, excluding Diploma points, is the minimum for consideration. More competitive programs may require higher minimum grade totals.

  • Subjects which are prerequisites for admission to specific programs must be at the Higher level with a minimum grade of 5. Where there are more than 3 prerequisite subjects specified, courses at the Standard level with grades of 6 or 7 will be accepted. Visit the program information & requirements section for specifc requirements.

  • For Engineering, Higher level Mathematics and Physics are recommended.

  • Where Chemical-Physical Systems is being presented as an equivalent to Chemistry and Physics, it is recommended that it be at the Higher level.

  • Applicants admitted to Faculty of Arts programs will be given consideration for transfer credit for Higher level courses in which a minimum grade of 5 is attained.

Based on admissions information for the 2004-2005 school year.

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Home-schooled student

Application form

  • Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) form 105

  • Apply online or request an application form from the UW Visitors Centre

Application fees

  • $85 application fee (3 choices)

  • $25 per extra choice

  • $60 UW supplementary fee

  • $10 mailing surcharge if address is outside Canada

Deadlines for applications

  • See below

Admissions information

  • Completion of an academic background equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with prerequisite courses. Visit the program information & requirements section for specific requirements.

  • Evidence that studies have been completed at an academic level equivalent to the minimum standard required for your programs(s) of application. This evidence may include a letter from the principal of a traditional and accredited high school confirming that the equivalent of an OSSD has been completed and indicating an estimated overall standing/average based on a typical final year of high school studies.

  • You're strongly encouraged to present test scores in related high school prerequisite subjects such as the Euclid Mathematics Contest, the Sir Isaac Newton Physics Contest, the Chem 13 News Contest, etc.

  • Test scores such as the SATs, ACTs, and provincial or state college entrance examinations will better enable the Admission Committees to assess your background.

  • An Admission Information Form (AIF) sent with the acknowledgment of your application is required.

  • It is preferable that you complete your final year of studies at a traditional and accredited high school.

  • Applications from home-schooled students will be considered individually by the appropriate Admission Committees.

Based on admissions information for the 2004-2005 school year.

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Mature student

Application form

  • Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) form 105

  • Apply online or request an application form from the UW Visitors Centre

  • If you wish to study as a part-time or distance education student please see the part-time and distance education information below.

Application fees

  • $85 application fee (3 choices)

  • $25 per extra choice

  • $60 UW supplementary fee

  • $10 mailing surcharge if address is outside Canada

Deadlines for applications

  • See below

Admissions information

  • For full details, please refer to the "Other Applicants - Mature Student Admission" section of the Undergraduate Calendar.

  • Clear evidence of ability to study at the university level and absence from secondary school or equivalent for at least 2 years.

Based on admissions information for the 2004-2005 school year.

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co-op or engineering programs



If you apply to a co-op program that is also offered as a regular program and you're not admitted to the co-op program, you'll automatically be considered for the corresponding regular program.

A limited number of international visa students will be considered for co-op programs.

If you're applying to Engineering, you can apply to only one Engineering program, including Software Engineering. You can indicate your other choices on the Admission Information Form sent with the acknowledgment of your application.

Based on admissions information for the 2004-2005 school year.

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repeated and/or duplicated courses



Admission decisions are not negatively affected by repeated courses for programs in the faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Environmental Studies, and Science.

For Software Engineering and programs in the faculties of Engineering and Mathematics, repeated courses are taken into consideration in admission decisions and you may have 1 percentage mark deducted from your total admission average for each required course that is repeated.



Possible duplication of course requirements

Applicants presenting a combination of OACs and Grade 12 U and M courses in the new curriculum should be aware that, for admissions purposes, same-subject OACs and Grade 12 new curriculum courses will be treated as equivalent and cannot be counted as 2 required courses. Rather, they will be treated as repeated courses: only the higher grade will be included in average and credit calculations.

Students should pay particular attention to possible duplication of mathematics courses. When possible, mathematics courses should be either all OACs or all Grade 12 U courses. Students who have taken Grade 12 Advanced Mathematics should take OAC Calculus, if possible.

Based on admissions information for the 2004-2005 school year.

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deadlines for applications



Term you wish to be admitted

Date application and fees must reach OUAC

Documents to UW*

Winter 2004 – January to April

October 31, 2003

December 1, 2003

Spring 2004 – May to August

February 27, 2004

April 1, 2004

Fall 2004 – September to Dececember

March 31, 2004

April 30, 2004

Winter 2005 – January to April

November 1, 2004

December 1, 2004

Spring 2005 – May to August

March 1, 2005

April 1, 2005

Exceptions for fall 2004 admissions:

Term you wish to be admitted

Date application and fees must reach OUAC

Documents to UW*

All students currently enrolled in an Ontario high school

January 14, 2004**

See faculty- and program-specific dates

Architecture

February 13, 2004

March 15, 2004

Chiropody and Kinesiology

March 1, 2004

March 31, 2004

Engineering – Year 1

March 1, 2004

March 31, 2004

Honours Arts – domestic applicants

March 31, 2004

June 30, 2004

Honours Arts – international applicants

March 31, 2004

April 30, 2004

Mathematics and Computer Science programs

March 31, 2004

April 30, 2004

Optometry

January 30, 2004



Respiratory Therapy and Kinesiology

March 1, 2004

March 31, 2004

Social Work (post-B.A. program)

December 31, 2003

January 30, 2004

Software Engineering

March 1, 2004

March 31, 2004

*Note: Your Admission Information Form (AIF), Letters of Reference, and/or other supplementary application forms (if applicable) may be due back earlier. Check the individual document for specific deadlines.

**Note: Applications received after this date will continue to be processed by the OUAC and the University until the specific deadlines for programs or faculties, as listed in the chart above.



Based on admissions information for the 2004-2005 school year.

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mailing your official documents



All official documents, including transcripts and English language test results, should be mailed directly to

Office of the Registrar


University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo  ON   N2L 3G1
CANADA

More information about sending us your marks is available in the next step website.



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offers of admission



Most of our offers of admission will be made no later than June 4, 2004, and you'll have until June 14, 2004 to respond.

Ontario high school applicants:

  • Some UW programs that make offers prior to May 1, 2004, may require you to confirm your acceptance of your offer by May 14, 2004. Other universities may also require you to reply by this date.

  • Even if you confirm an offer on May 14th, you will still have until June 14th to amend your decision and accept a later offer without penalty. No Ontario university may require a financial commitment from you before June 14th.

All other applicants:

  • Most of our offers of admission will be made on a rolling basis as files are completed. You will have until June 14, 2004, to respond to an Offer of Admission dated up to June 4th. If you are admitted after June 4th, you will have 14 calendar days from the date on the offer to confirm your acceptance.

More information about UW's offers of admission is available in the next step website.

Based on admissions information for the 2004-2005 school year.

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alternate offers of admission



If you’re not admitted to the program to which you've applied, you may be considered for admission to an alternate program provided you meet minimum admission requirements and places are available.

Where a program is available in both co-op and regular, if you’re not admitted to the co-op program, normally, you’ll automatically be considered for either the corresponding regular program or another related program in the same Faculty provided you meet minimum admission requirements and places are available.

In some programs, very limited admission to co-op is also available in second year.

Program applied to:

Alternate program(s) considered:

Accounting and Financial Management

Honours Arts Regular
Honours Arts and Business Regular or Co-op

You can indicate an alternate program within the same faculty on the Admission Information Form (AIF).



Architecture

Planning

Bioinformatics

Mathematics Co-op

Biotechnology/Chartered Accountancy

Biotechnology/Economics
Science and Business Co-op

Biotechnology/Economics

Science and Business Co-op

Business Administration (WLU) and Mathematics (Waterloo) Double Degree

Mathematics/Business Co-op

Chiropody and Kinesiology

Kinesiology Regular

Computer Science Regular

Mathematics Regular

Computer Science Co-op

Mathematics Co-op

Engineering

You can not apply to more than ONE Engineering program. You can indicate alternate Engineering program(s) on the Admission Information Form (AIF).

Environment and Business

Environment and Resource Studies
Geography

Environment and Resource Studies

Geography

Honours Arts and Business, Regular and Co-op

Honours Arts Regular

Mathematics/Chartered Accountancy

Mathematics/Business Co-op

Respiratory Therapy and Kinesiology

Kinesiology Regular

Science programs – Co-op and Regular

Honours Science Regular

Social Development Studies

Honours Arts Regular (Renison)

Software Engineering

You should not apply to more than ONE Engineering program. You can indicate alternate Engineering program(s) and/or Mathematics Computer Science on the Admission Information Form.

Based on admissions information for the 2004-2005 school year.

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disclaimer



The information listed represents Senate-approved requirements for admission to degree programs in the 2004-2005 school year. Circumstances beyond the control of the University may result in restrictions in the number and range of course and program choices available to students as compared with those listed herein or in other University documents. The University reserves the right to limit access to courses or programs, and, at its discretion, to withdraw particular programs, options, or courses altogether.


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