What will I study in iBASE?

iBASE runs 7 weeks, and your classes take place at Renison University College on the University of Waterloo campus.  If you are unable to attend iBASE this summer, you do have the option of choosing to study in the regular BASE program in the fall. Please contact Cynthia Zalewski at base@uwaterloo.ca, if you have questions. 

iBASE Orientation will happen on Monday, July 11, 2022 and your first day of classes will happen on Tuesday, July 12, 2022

If you would like to live in the Renison Residence during iBASE, we strongly recommend that you arrive to move in on Friday, July 8, 2022. This will allow you time to adjust to your surroundings and settle in before you begin iBASE. 

You must attend ALL classes for this intensive program. Students are not able to begin the program late. No exceptions.  

During iBASE, you will study 3 BASE courses that focus on different areas of English language preparedness for academic studies: 

  • Skills and Strategies for University 

  • Academic Writing & Research 

  • Academic Speaking & Communication Strategies 

In iBASE, you do not take any Waterloo credit courses. However, you complete faculty-specific activities and attend guest lectures. You will also participate in scheduled leadership workshops and events that will help you to engage fully in your future studies and prepare you for future employment. 

What will my iBASE schedule be?

In iBASE, you will be in classes and workshops for 20+ hours each week, Monday to Friday.  Your classes will begin at 9:30 am each day. 

You will receive your official iBASE schedule by email during the week of July 4, 2022

iBASE Orientation takes place on Monday, July 11, and classes begin the next day, on Tuesday, July 12.   

During the evenings and weekends, we encourage you to participate in the iBASE activities designed to help you meet new friend, practice your English communication, and strengthen your connection to the University of Waterloo and surrounding area. 

Where will I stay during iBASE?

Students in the iBASE program are encouraged to live in Renison University College’s  Residence during the iBASE program. Residence rooms are available on a first come first serve basis.  

If you would like to live in the Renison Residence during iBASE, we strongly recommend that you arrive to move in on Friday, July 8, 2022. This will allow you time to adjust to your surroundings and settle in before you begin iBASE. There will be events and activities that will take place during the weekend to help you get settled for life in Canada. In addition, an airport bus pick-up service will be available in the evening of Friday, July 8. For this reason, we recommend you purchase an airplane ticket to arrive on this day. You must move out of residence by 9am on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.  

Be sure to confirm your offer to iBASE and the University of Waterloo by Wednesday, June 1, 2022 and complete the iBASE Registration form.   

Also, be sure to submit your iBASE fees to Renison University College no later than Monday, June 6, 2022

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