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Residency Requirement

Residency Requirement
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Students are required to take at least 50% of the courses required to graduate at the University of Waterloo. These University of Waterloo courses must be graded on a numerical basis, be in the average, and must include:

  • at least half the total number of academic course units required for each degree, major, minor, or diploma;
  • at least 6.5 academic course units (13 courses) in Arts subjects for a Four-Year Liberal Studies degree;
  • at least four academic course units (eight courses) in Arts subjects for a Three-Year Liberal Studies degree.

All students in the Faculty of Arts are bound by the 50% residency requirement rule. This residency requirement applies in the case of all transfers, whether internal or external, readmissions, including second Bachelor degrees. See the Transfer Credit section for additional information.


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