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The Road to Waterloo

If you are wondering to go abroad and you do know the university to which you are going to apply but you simply don’t know how to get there then this article will help you to some extent. Before I further discuss let me tell you that this article is best suited for students who are going to graduate in spring 2011 and planning to apply for Computer Science Masters program in University of Waterloo, Canada.

University of Waterloo or UW was founded in 1957 and has established itself as one of the best universities of the world. It is situated in Ontario and has 25,000 students. Currently, it has 34 ongoing research centers and institutes. UW has 90 student clubs and groups for students and variety of sports team. UW has 6 different departments: Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics, and Science. Each department has its own website and admission procedure. We will stick to Computer Science, which comes in the department of Mathematics.

Computer Science department in UW is known as The David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. So, the first thing you must know about this is their website link, which is http://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/

Now, before you apply online (I’ll discuss this part in last) you must meet the following criteria list.

  • Cleared Intre with first division (Above 60%).
  • Graduated with at least 3.33 GPA.

If you meet above requirements then doors are open for you. I was checking English Proficiency Test requirement in UW site and found out that if you are going to graduate from NUCES then your EPT test is not exempted means you have to give TOEFL iBT test with minimum requirement of 90 score which includes 25 in writing section and 25 in speaking section. Apart from that you will also give GRE test.

Now to make things more clear here is a list of documents that you must have before you apply in UW.

  • A copy of your academic transcript from each post-secondary institution. Transcript of your SSC, HSC or O-Levels.
  • Provisional certificates of your school and college. If you don’t have then you must request having official stamp from your school and college. You will need copies of each one.
  • You will require 3 references. Referees will contact directly with them via online form so, you must contact them before you apply online to confirm their availability and email address.
  • They will ask for Supplementary Information Form, which contains questions related to program applied. So, prepare your answers in advance.
  • Copies of your Test Scores (TOEFL iBT and GRE). Testing agency (Where you gave given test) will also require sending original test results directly to UW campus.
  • Finally you should have student visa and you must have Letter of Acceptance issued by UW and Study Permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada before you leave for Canada.
  • If you have external scholarship then you must have their copy in PDF format which you will upload with other documents.
  • You will not require Writing Sample and Portfolio but you will require Resume.

Now, you have a broader view of documents to be submitted we will move to one step ahead.

Applying to UW is a two step process. First, complete your Online Application and pay a non-refundable application fee of $100 per program. Make sure you must have every document and that you are eligible to program you are applying for.

Once you will register yourself you will be given username and password. UW has self-service application system which is known as Applicant QUEST. You will need to upload all your documents using Applicant QUEST. Make sure you upload all documents before deadline.

Deadlines are as follow

  • If you are applying for fall 2011 then you don’t have enough time because deadline is almost over. December 16 2010 is deadline for fall 2011.
  • If you are applying for winter 2012 then you have very little time. Deadline is May 31st 2011.
  • If you are applying for spring 2012 then you do have time. Deadline is September 30th 2011.

Your choice should be 2nd one. You will need to apply before May 31st 2011, which means that you will require giving GRE test in February or maximum in March. GRE test is very complex, technical, and hard. If you start from today then you have only two months for preparation and let me tell you that GRE is not an easy test. If you want scholarship then you will need to score maximum. More than 90% I guess.

Another, and most important thing is, that GRE test outline is changing from 1st August 2011 and according to official statement it will take 4 to 5 months to announce GRE result of yours. So, if you are planning to give GRE test in August (for juniors) then you must not take a risk because you will not get result and you will not be able to apply. GRE test is valid for 5 years so, if you are not willing to waste time then you must give before August 2011.

Following is the location where you are going to give GRE exam. You must go there and take related information before you apply. GRE Test fee is $190.

8781: KARACHI, PAKISTAN #8781
PROMETRIC TESTING CENTER KARACHI
H#F-47/1 Park Lane, Block#5, K.D.A Scheme#5
KARACHI, PAKISTAN

Phone 92215879759

Another test that is required is TOEFL iBT test. TOEFL iBT test fee is $160 and it is offered thrice in a month. So, you must register for this very carefully. You will need to go to British Council for TOEFL iBT test.

I hope I am not missing anything and if I am then write in comment so I can add up here.

Following are the links where you can get all information.

University of Waterloo
The David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
Graduate Application Required Documents
Graduate Applications – Help
Graduate Admissions Application Requirements
Admission Guide for International Applicants
Application Requirements/Information
Applicant QUEST
GRE Test
GRE Test Fees
GRE Test Registration
TOEFL iBT Registration

Thank You…

 

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  1. December 4, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    Thanks for the highly informative write-up. Sadly being a good programmer is not enough 😦 … my CGPA is 3.2 and I cannot apply for UW

    • Muhammad Usama
      December 4, 2010 at 11:21 PM

      I think you can.. 3.0 is acceptable i think.. :S

  2. December 5, 2010 at 12:48 AM

    Thank you, once again =]

    Rated: Very Useful.

  3. fahim
    December 5, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    @Guddu: you can apply if u have a CGPA more than 3.

  4. Amir Ali Jiwani
    December 5, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    what about 2.7 ??? :$ i don’t even touched 3 :$

  5. December 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    best ov LucK

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