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 Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environment, 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.

Which programs can I study through iBASE?

Faculty Programs
Applied Health Sciences/iBASE Health Studies, Kinesiology, Public Health, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Recreation and Sport Business, Therapeutic Recreation, Tourism Development.


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


All Engineering programs except Architecture.
Environment/iBASE Environment and Business; Environment, Resources and Sustainability; Geography and Environmental Management; Geomatics; International Development; Knowledge Integration, Planning
Geography and Aviation are not available through iBASE.
School of Accounting and Finance/iBASE Accounting and Financial Management
Science/iBASE All Science programs except Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy, Biotechnology/Economics, Science and Aviation.

Faculties that offer BASE

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