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
Arts/BASE Global Business and Digital Arts*, Honours Arts^, Social Development Studies, Honours Arts and Business^
Engineering/BASE All Engineering programs* except Architecture.
Environment/BASE 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.
Health/BASE Health Studies*, Kinesiology*, Public Health*, Recreation and Leisure Studies. See note.
Mathematics/BASE Computer Science, Mathematics/Business Administration, Mathematics/Financial Analysis and Risk Management (Math/FARM), Mathematics. See note and Math note.
Science/BASE All programs except Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy and 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 admissible  to a co-op program in the Faculty of Health, the Faculty of Mathematics, or the Faculty of Science, you'll receive an alternate offer of admission to Health/BASE, Math/BASE (formerly Math ELAS), or Science/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.

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