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Education in Waterloo Region

There are many learning opportunities for you and your children in Waterloo Region. Waterloo Region has two world-class universities and one of Canada's finest community colleges.  You can also find quality schools for children, English language classes and International language classes.   

Universities and Colleges

There are several excellent universities and colleges in Waterloo Region.

University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University are leading Canadian Universities offering education and research in a number of established and emerging fields. 

university of waterloo The University of Waterloo is known for its computer science, mathematics, physics and engineering programs. University of Waterloo has generated many successful companies focused on information and communications technologies. 

Laurier university Wilfrid Laurier University is known for its business, economics, music and social work programs.  

Conestoga College Conestoga College has been consistently rated as one of the best colleges in Ontario.  Educational programs and courses at Conestoga College reflect the demands of industry and prepare students for the future.

There are also many world respected institutes and centres in Waterloo Region that do world class research. 

Waterloo was recognized as the world's Top Intelligent Community 2007.  This honour acknowledges the community that best exemplifies the development of a prosperous economy based on broadband and information technology.

Adult and Continuing Education

The universities and colleges in Waterloo Region offer programs for adults.  You can get a certificate or learn more about a topic of interest. If you are planning to go to a university or college and don’t have a high school diploma or equivalency (HSE), talk to the school counsellor to see if you need an HSE.  You can also get credit for the education and life-work experience you acquired before you came to Canada.  See the Adult and Continuing Education page for more information.

The School System and Your Child’s Education

Waterloo Region has quality schools for children.  Learn more about The Canadian School System, Your Child’s Education and Childcare and Early Learning.

Learning English

In Waterloo Region, English is the common language.  There are many courses available for people of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced.  There is advanced training in English used in specific professions and trades.  See the Learning English page for more information.

International Language Classes

The local school boards and many ethnocultural and religious groups offer international language classes.  In these classes you and your children can learn a language such as the language spoken in your home country.  See the International Language Classes page for more information.

You may also be interested in learning more about About Waterloo Region.