English for Academic Success (EFAS) with Graduate Studies Preparation

Students interested in applying to Graduate Studies, or who have been given a conditional offer from the University of Waterloo, are able to enroll in English for Academic Success (EFAS) program with an enrichment component in Graduate Studies Preparation. Designed for graduate students whose first language is not English, this program supports students as they improve their language and advance their knowledge of research skills. Students will acquire the academic competencies and confidence needed to fully participate and thrive in their graduate studies. At the end of the term, students will receive a transcript and a certificate of participation. The transcript will consist of final grades from the core EFAS courses and the final exam. Successful completion of EFAS level 400 (CEFR C1) satisfies the English language requirement for graduate studies at the University of Waterloo. 

Students who participate in this program will:

  • focus on skills needed to improve their writing at the graduate level
  • sharpen their research skills
  • improve their oral fluency to communicate effectively with peers and supervisors
  • confidently deliver presentations on research material and/or topics related to their field of study
  • enhance their academic vocabulary
  • improve their overall English language proficiency
  • become familiar with the norms and expectations of Canadian academic culture