Visiting scholars, post-doctoral fellows, and international visiting graduate students

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If you are a visiting scholar, post-doctoral fellow, or international visiting graduate student at the University of Waterloo and want to improve your English skills while you are here, you may audit English for Multilingual Speakers (EMLS) courses.

  • Only visiting scholars, post-doctoral fellows, and international visiting graduate students may audit EMLS courses. All registered University of Waterloo students must enrol in EMLS courses on Quest.
  • Audit fees are $900.00 per course.

Applying to Audit EMLS Courses

Steps to Apply

To apply to audit, follow these steps:

  1. Complete an Audit Application Form (PDF).
  2. Request approval from English Language Studies. Only two visiting scholars, post-doctoral fellows, or international visiting graduate students are permitted per section per course. Contact Christa Schuller ( to arrange for approval.
  3. Pay your audit fee to Renison University College (REN on the campus map). You must have English Language Studies approval before you can pay. Please see payment steps below.
  4. Read the EMLS graduate course descriptions and outlines.
  5. For EMLS 101R, 102R and 103R schedules, see the EMLS undergraduate course schedule.

  6. For EMLS 601R, 602R, 621R, 622R schedules, see the EMLS graduate course schedule.

Payment Steps

Payment Steps - Canadian Bank Accounts

Please process payment via online banking bill payment. Please note that this must be from a Canadian bank.

  1. Add Renison University College as a bill payment “payee”.
  2. Use your student ID number as the “account number”.  Please be very sure that you are using the correct student ID number.
  3. Allow 2-4 business days for your payment to reach Renison University College. If you post-date your payment, we will not be able to process it until the date of the payment. Late fees may apply.

Payment Steps - International Bank Accounts

Step by Step instructions for WU® GlobalPay for Students

To complete your payment, you will need your ID number from Renison University College. When you submit an application, we will email you with an ID number. If you did not receive an ID number, please contact 

Step 1: Visit the GlobalPay website

On the GlobalPay website, you will be asked to enter the payment amount and the country where your bank is located. Please email if you are unsure how much to pay.

Step 2: Choose a way to pay

GlobalPay will give you one or more options for paying your fees. Choose the option that works best for you.

Step 3: Enter the student's details

Enter the student's details, including application ID or student ID number, name, and email address.

Step 4: Enter the payer's details

Enter the information of the person who will be making the payment, including name, email address, and billing address.

Step 5: Complete your payment

GlobalPay will direct you to the website of your bank to complete your payment. Most payments can be made online, but instructions will be provided for payments that must be completed in-person at your bank.

Click the button below to visit the WU® GlobalPay for Students website.

Pay now button for WU GlobalPay for Students

If you are unable to make a payment using GlobalPay, please email Annette Rossel, Accounting Manager, for assistance.