I’m writing this because I wish someone had warned me. Anyone from Canada considering studying optometry in the UK, DON’T DO IT! unless you plan on living there forever. The states will be a lot more expensive, but the uncertainty, stress and years wasted on trying to bridge back to Canada is not worth it! If you’re coming back now from the UK to Canada now, don’t waste your time on trying to write the evaluating exam and trying to bridging through the IOBP at Waterloo. The whole process is just a scheme set up against you. Even if you do well on the exam, you are not guaranteed to get into the program and getting in seems to be all based on luck during the exam. There are lot of qualified people that haven’t gotten in and some that you wouldn’t expect to have gotten through, did, (some don’t even have undergrad degrees) so it makes no sense. A lot of things are being done that are unfair and there's no transparency, it’s just not worth wasting your time on uncertainty. Also, the people running this could care less if you’ve invested your whole life into this and just say too bad. They even canceled the shorter bridging program last minute AFTER people had already done the exams and some even qualified for it, so people just wrote exams under false pretenses. They were basically leaving them no choice but to complete the longer bridging program now which costs more than triple the money!!! If they wanted to get rid of the shorter program they could've just been upfront about it so people didn't waste their time and money. Now there is only one program left which only takes the top few people based on a single exam and the rest can’t practice optometry even if they’re good optometrists. Compare that to if only the top scoring optometrists on the final boards were allowed to practice, and the rest were told too bad, even though they passed, I wonder how people would react then. Many wish we hadn’t bothered with the IOBP and gone straight to the states so don't waste your time!!!