About BASE

BASE is a 4- or 8-month program that allows you to improve your reading, writing, and speaking skills with a focus on using English in a university setting while earning credit towards your Waterloo degree.


Global Business and Digital Arts*, Honours Arts, Social Development Studies, Honours Arts and Business.


Health Sciences^*, Kinesiology^*, Public Health^*, and Recreation and Leisure Studies^.


All Engineering programs* except Architecture.



Computer Science, Mathematics/Business Administration, Mathematics/Financial Analysis and Risk Management (Math/FARM), Mathematics. See NOTE and MATH NOTE.

The Faculty of Mathematics offers iBASE program and the 1-term (4 month) BASE program only. See NOTE and MATH NOTE.


Climate and Environmental Change*^; Environment and Business*^; Environment, Resources and Sustainability*^; Geography and Environmental Management^; Geomatics^; Knowledge Integration; Planning*^. Sustainability and Financial Management and Geography and Aviation is not available through BASE.


All programs^ except Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy and Science and Aviation.

* You will be enrolled in 2 terms of the BASE program, due to course sequencing.
If you apply to a co-op program, you'll be offered co-op immediately after BASE.

NOTE: If you are admissible  to a co-op program in the Faculty of Mathematics, you'll receive an alternate offer of admission to Math/BASE. Upon successful completion of the BASE program, you will be admitted full-time to the regular system of study for your degree program. After you have completed one or two full degree terms in the regular program, you can apply as an internal transfer to the co-op program. 

MATH NOTE: If you've applied to Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy (CPA), Computing and Financial Management, Mathematics Double Degree, and Computer Science Double Degree, and are eligible for BASE we will consider you for a Mathematics program that offers BASE.