English for Academic Success (EFAS)

Meet Rifki, a former Renison ELI student who completed the EFAS program to prepare for graduate studies at the University of Waterloo.


English for Academic Success (EFAS) is an intensive full-term English language program offered in 4 levels ranging from low-intermediate (level 100) to advanced (level 400). EFAS level 400 is benchmarked to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), a global standard in English language proficiency.

EFAS is designed for:

  • students interested in meeting the English language requirements of the University of Waterloo
  • students interested in pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies at a university where English is the language of instruction 
  • students from foreign universities looking to study English at an intensive academic level in a Canadian university environment for 12 weeks or up to 1 year