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Distance and Continuing Education

The University of Waterloo provides a number of learning opportunities to accommodate the interests and needs of people in the local community as well as those at a distance from the University. Credit courses are offered at both on and off-campus locations as well as through an extensive Distance Education program. Non-credit courses geared to personal and professional development are offered throughout the year.

No academic distinction is made between part-time and full-time students in admission standards, grading practices or promotion policies. The great majority of part-time students are adults and many are considered for admission under UW's Mature Student Admission Policy (for more information refer to "Admission - Other Applicants"). Tuition fees are assessed on a per course basis.

Information on all part-time study opportunities and assistance with registration can be obtained from one central office:

Distance and Continuing Education
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Telephone: (519) 888-4002
Fax: (519) 746-6393
Email: conted@corr1.uwaterloo.ca

Detailed information about distance and continuing education courses is available via the Internet as follows:

Regular business hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is located at 156 Columbia St., Waterloo. During the first week of classes each term the office remains open until 7:00 p.m. in order to assist on-campus students with registration.


Credit Courses


Part-time students often enrol in classes scheduled in the evening or in late afternoon. However, part-time students are welcome to enrol in daytime classes as well. Students may earn most degrees entirely through part-time studies or by a combination of part-time and full-time attendance. For some programs in Applied Health Sciences, Mathematics, and Science, required courses are available only during the day. Students may pursue their studies in the Fall, Winter, or Spring terms or during the Summer sessions.

The Part-Time Studies Calendar, published annually, lists all courses offered in the late afternoon and evening and provides complete details of admission requirements, registration procedures, and general services for part-time students.



Renison College offers courses in locations such as Brantford, Milton, Oakville, and Palmerston. The courses typically offered are from RenisonUs Social Development Studies and Social Work certificate programs.

For further information contact:
The Registrar
Renison College
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G4
Telephone: (519) 884- 4400
Fax: (519) 884-5135


Distance Education

The University of Waterloo operates one of the largest university-level distance education programs in Canada. Approximately 300 university credit courses are offered over the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. Students should obtain a calendar from the Distance Education Office to acquaint themselves with the offerings, the methods of operation and fees. For application deadlines see "Admission".

General degrees in Arts, Environmental Studies, and Science can be earned entirely through distance study. In working towards a degree, students may combine on-campus and off-campus courses with distance education courses. Fees for distance education courses are the same as for courses offered on and off campus, except that a refundable deposit is required on the audio tapes used for lectures and on other special materials that may be required.

Complete details about UW's distance education courses and application forms are provided in the Distance Education Calendar. Copies may be obtained from:

Distance and Continuing Education Office
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
(519) 888-4050
Fax: (519) 746-6393
Email: distance@corr1.uwaterloo.ca


Special Programs

BScN Program for Registered Nurses

Under formal arrangements with a number of universities, nurses may take on-campus or distance education courses at the University of Waterloo and have them credited toward nursing degrees at Western, McMaster, Ottawa and Ryerson. Up to 40% of the nursing degree can be completed through some of these arrangements. To obtain a list of the requirements for a particular institution, call the Distance Education Office at (519) 888-4050.


Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Program

The University offers a number of courses in the CEBS program. CEBS is a ten-course curriculum that provides an opportunity for those who have responsibilities in the employee benefits field to enhance their capabilities and gain a professional designation. For further information call the Part-Time Studies Office.


Diploma in Land Management for Land Surveyors

The University, in conjunction with the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors, has assembled a series of degree credit courses leading to a Diploma in Land Management. These courses provide university-level instruction in a broad range of subjects pertinent to the needs and interests of practicing surveyors. Sufficient courses to complete the requirements for the Diploma are available by distance education. To be admitted an applicant must hold the Commission as an Ontario Land Surveyor (or its equivalent from another jurisdiction).

A brochure outlining the details is available from the Distance Education Office, (519) 888-4002.


Continuing Professional Education in Planning and Kinesiology

During the year, various courses and workshops are conducted for professionals working in the fields of Urban Planning and Kinesiology. For details on the current year's offerings, call 888-4002.


Other Continuing Professional Education Opportunities

The University also co- operates with a number of outside organizations regarding their programs and designations. Certain UW courses offered by distance education and on campus count for credit for designations offered by the following organizations:

Further information may be obtained from the organization listed or from the Distance and Continuing Education Office.


Non-Credit Courses

Topics as diverse as "Total Quality Management", "Writing Popular Novels", and "Directions in Personal and Office Computing" are offered through UW's Continuing Education program. Other business courses, professional, personal and skills development courses are also available.

Courses are offered in the Fall and Winter terms and generally meet one evening a week for three to eight weeks.

Organizations with special needs are encouraged to contact Continuing Education to discuss customizing courses for in-house training.

For information on our extensive continuing education offerings call: (519) 888-4002.


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