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