Due to COVID-19, the University of Waterloo is offering very limited courses in person for the fall term. Fall courses, including Fall BASE, will take place online.

Learn more about the BASE Fall 2020 program being offered online.

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

Faculty Programs
Applied Health Sciences/BASE Health Studies*, Kinesiology*, Public Health*, Recreation and Leisure Studies. See note.
Arts/BASE Global Business and Digital Arts*, Honours Arts^, Social Development Studies, Honours Arts and Business^


All Engineering programs*^ except Architecture.


Environment and Business*^; Environment, Resources and Sustainability*^; Geography and Environmental Management^; Geomatics^; International Development; Knowledge Integration; Planning*^.

Geography and Aviation is not available through BASE.

Math Offers English Language for Academic Studies instead of BASE.
Science/BASE All programs except Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy, Biotechnology/Economics, Science and Aviation. See note.

* 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.

If you are admitted to a co-op program in Applied Health Sciences (AHS) or Science, you'll receive an alternate offer of admission to AHS/BASE or Science/BASE. Once you successfully complete BASE plus 1 or 2 terms of your degree program (regular system of study), you can apply to transfer to co-op.

BASE uses hands-on learning activities to help you develop the communications skills you will need in university... and in your career.

Faculties that offer BASE

Applied Health Sciences/BASEArts/BASEEngineering/BASEEnvironment/BASEScience/BASE