The Intensive Bridge to Academic Success in English program (iBASE) is an accelerated 7-week English language program for students admitted to Accounting and Financial Management or the Faculties of Arts, Engineering, Environment, Health, Mathematics, or Science.

If you meet Waterloo's academic admission requirements but your English language scores are just below our minimum admission requirements, you may be offered a place in iBASE.

Once you successfully complete this program, you begin studies in the program listed on your offer of admission in the fall with the rest of the first-year students.

How is iBASE different from the regular BASE program?

  • You complete iBASE in the summer and start full-time degree studies in September with the rest of our first-year students. You do not need to wait until the following year to begin your degree studies.
  • If you are in the Faculty of Mathematics, 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.

Which programs can I study through iBASE?

Faculty Programs


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


All Engineering programs except Architecture.


Climate and Environmental Change; Environment and Business; Environment, Resources and Sustainability; Geography and Environmental Management; Geomatics; International Development; Knowledge Integration, Planning; Sustainability and Financial Management
Geography and Aviation is not available through iBASE.


Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Public Health, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Recreation and Sport Business, and Therapeutic Recreation.


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

AFMSchool of Accounting and Finance/iBASE

Accounting and Financial Management


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