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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are frequently asked questions from students applying to PSI. Please feel free to contact PSI if you have any other questions. 

IS THERE AN APPLICATION FEE?

There is no application fee.

WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF GETTING INTO THE PSI PROGRAM?

We are unable to tell you via email what your chances are of being accepted into the Perimeter Scholars International program as we receive many qualified applicants each year. For the 2016-2017 PSI year, we received 609 applications for 31 available positions.

WHAT DO I NEED TO SCORE ON MY TOEFL FOR ENTRANCE INTO PSI?

The minimum score required is 90 overall, with a minimum of 25 in writing and speaking.

WHAT IF MY TOEFL RESULTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE WHEN THE APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON FEBRUARY 1st?

If your TOEFL scores are not available before our submission deadline, we will accept late mailings of your TOEFL results only.

I CURRENTLY ATTEND AN INSTITUTION WHERE THE LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION IS ENGLISH, DO I STILL NEED TO PROVIDE A TOEFL SCORE? 

The University of Waterloo requires a TOEFL score unless you have attended one of the international universities that the University of Waterloo recognizes as exempt from the English language proficiency requirement. Please see the list of countries/international universities exempt from the English Language Proficiency requirement. All others must provide us with a TOEFL score. 

CAN I PROVIDE YOU WITH A LANGUAGE EXAM OTHER THAN THE TOEFL FOR PROOF OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY?

The University of Waterloo recognizes the following exams in addition to the TOEFL

Further details regarding official English Language Proficiency requirements at the University of Waterloo can be found in the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar -  http://gradcalendar.uwaterloo.ca/page/GSO-ELP

DO YOU REQUIRE GRE RESULTS FOR ADMISSION TO PSI?

The GRE is not required, but if you upload your results we will take them into consideration when reviewing your application.

HOW LONG SHOULD MY PERSONAL STATEMENT BE?

No longer than one page in length.

WILL I GET SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING?

All successful applicants to the PSI program do receive the full funding described on our website. You are also encouraged and expected to seek out and apply for other scholarship funding in your home country for which you are eligible.

WHAT IF I ALREADY HAVE AN MSc DEGREE FROM ANOTHER UNIVERSITY?

Applicants may have a master's degree in a discipline other than physics.

CAN I SEND YOU A COPY OF MY TRANSCRIPTS DIRECTLY?

Your official final transcript must be received directly from the issuing institution in sealed, signed, stamped envelopes.

WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO BE MAILED IN HARD COPY FORM TO YOU?

We only require that paper copies of your official final transcript and your TOEFL score are mailed to us. All other documentation can be uploaded to your application.

HOW MANY REFERENCE LETTERS CAN I SUBMIT?

It is mandatory that you provide us with three letters of reference, however there is space available on your application for a fourth reference if you choose to provide an additional one.