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The Renison English Language Institute Office (REN 1930) is open again! Visit the office on Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm ET. 

For the Winter 2022 term, ELI programs will return to an in-person format. Learn more about our in-person and online program offerings.

Virtual Meet & Greet Registration

We are looking for University of Waterloo students who have completed a minimum of their 1A academic term to volunteer with our virtual Meet & Greet events for our Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (eSTEM) program as well as our Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) program.

Time commitment

We are looking for volunteers who are willing to attend one or more 1-hour Meet & Greet events:

  • eSTEM Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 18 at 8:30pm – 9:30pm ET (ENG, SCI, MATH students only)
  • Engineering Meet & Greet on Monday, September 20, 10:00pm - 11:00pm ET

  • Math Meet & Greet on Tuesday, September 21, 10:00am - 11:00am ET

  • Arts, Environment and Health Meet & Greet on Thursday, September 23, 10:00pm - 11:00pm ET

  • Science Meet & Greet on Tuesday, September 28, 10:00am - 11:00am ET

Who is the event for? 

Renison University College is hosting the event for students registered in our newest program called English, Science, Technology & Engineering (eSTEM) and students in our Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE).

eSTEM students are English Language Learners studying in high school in China and Canada and are considering if they would like to study at the University of Waterloo in the future. They are taking our eSTEM program to learn more about UWaterloo and practice their English language skills. 

BASE students are admitted University of Waterloo students who need to complete an English Language program before they start their first year in their undergraduate program. They are taking the BASE program to improve their English skills and be introduced to student life at UWaterloo.

What am I expected to do? 

We are looking for positive and enthusiastic University of Waterloo students in all faculties (Arts, Engineering, Environment, Health, Math and Science) to volunteer and talk about their experience at the UWaterloo by attending a virtual event through Zoom.

At the event, we will break everybody into breakout chatrooms as needed. For the eSTEM Meet & Greet, we will have one for Faculty of Science, one for Faculty of Engineering, and one for Mathematics. Students will rotate to each room every 15-20 minutes.

You will be asked to provide a small introduction about yourself: who are you, what are you studying at UWaterloo, why you chose your program, and what do you like about being a University of Waterloo student. 

From there, you will welcome students to ask questions about your student experience. The type of things you may be asked about:

  • Your program: what you are studying, what your program is like, why you chose your program
  • Your courses: what classes are you taking, what are they like, and any advice for incoming first-year students to prepare for the program
  • Life in Canada: what it is like in the city of Waterloo, what is the University campus like, what is Canadian culture like
  • Campus life: what it's like to study at the University of Waterloo (especially in person), what ways you have gotten involved on campus, what the culture of the University is like 

The goal of our event is to help our students feel more excited about University life at the University of Waterloo, and hear advice from Waterloo students about success in university. Additionally, another goal is that we hope our students will practice asking questions to someone using their language skills. 

We are very grateful for your participation! Thank you for considering to be part of our virtual events.


If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

  • Iliana Cecibel Tacuri, Student Experience Coordinator,

Register to attend

Thank you for your amazing support of our students!

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