Waterloo Region is home to world-class post-secondary education institutions. After high school, there are many post-secondary options available if you or your children want to pursue higher education. Talk to a career or education counsellor to find out if university or college is right for you.


Ontario has many universities, two of which are located in Waterloo Region.

The University of Waterloo is a world leader in innovation and has the largest university co-op (work) program in the world. It offers degrees in:

  • Arts
  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Mathematics

Wilfrid Laurier University is among Canada's top-ranked universities. It offers programs in:

  • Business
  • Arts
  • Science
  • Social work
  • Education
  • Music

The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University offer programs for international students. Each also offers part-time or full-time programs, including:

  • Undergraduate programs
  • Graduate and professional programs
  • Continuing education programs
  • Certificate programs
  • Distance education


There are 28 public colleges in Ontario. Located in Waterloo Region, Conestoga College is rated by students and employers as one of Ontario's top colleges. It can prepare you for careers in:

  • Business
  • Media and design
  • Technology
  • Health and life sciences
  • Information technology
  • Industrial skilled trades

The college offers:

  • Part-time and continuing education courses
  • Apprenticeships for skilled trades
  • Skill training programs
  • One-year certificate programs
  • Two and three-year diploma programs
  • Advanced diploma programs
  • Four-year degree programs

Conestoga College offers programs for newcomers and international students. Programs at Conestoga College give you the skills you need to get started in a good career. The college partners with local universities to offer joint programs. These programs let you earn a university degree and college diploma at the same time.

Research centres and institutes

There are many institutes in Waterloo Region that conduct important research, including:

Making your decision

University and college course calendars provide information regarding entrance requirements, student services, housing, tuition fees, scholarships and a variety of other subjects for prospective students. You can obtain a calendar by writing to the office of admissions at the school you're interested in. 

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University of Waterloo International

East Campus 1, Second floor, University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1

Phone: 519-888-4567 x38350

Wilfrid Laurier International

75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3C5

Phone: 519-884-1970