Due to COVID-19, the world is experiencing a number of unique challenges right now and we recognize that there is a lot of uncertainty. The safety and wellbeing of our students, instructors, and staff will always remain our most important priority. The University of Waterloo is not offering any in-person courses this spring and summer. All courses, including iBASE, will take place online.
Although iBASE courses will happen at a distance, you will still experience the same course content and have access to the same academic supports as you would if you were on campus. We are committed to helping you build your language and academic skills in an interactive virtual environment where you can meet new friends and conference regularly with your classmates and instructors. Our Student Experience team will make sure that you balance your online learning with online opportunities for additional skill building, networking, and fun.
We understand that some of you may wish to live in residence at Renison for the duration of the iBASE program (and while the classes are online). Renison residence is accepting students this summer. For those of you that choose to live in residence, it may be possible that you will have access to in-person office hours, study groups, and additional in-person supports. We expect to learn more from public health officials within the next few weeks about the types of academic interactions that will be permitted. In the meantime, please indicate your preference for residence when completing the iBASE registration form.
Do you have questions?
We know you must have lots of questions. We welcome you to speak with our Student Experience Manager, Ryan Connell, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ryan would be happy to answer your questions about your studies in the iBASE program, life in Canada, and studies at the University of Waterloo. You can email Ryan or contact him on WhatsApp or WeChat.