Improve your English and experience life in Canada

The English for Success (EFS) program at Renison is an exciting 4-week English immersion program offered in June, July, and August - Canada’s summer months. This program includes a vibrant social calendar with daily activities and weekend day trips designed to help you practice your English skills outside of the classroom. You will visit famous attractions such as Toronto’s CN Tower, Canada’s Wonderland, Niagara Falls, and Grand Bend Beach.

You will live on campus in residence and participate in a true Canadian university experience. The University of Waterloo has a bustling community all year - so you will get an authentic campus experience with Waterloo students. Peer Leaders, Residence Assistants, and International Social Volunteers provide support so you can enhance your language lessons with extra opportunities to practice English.

As an EFS student, you will be invited to events planned and attended by peer leaders (upper-year University of Waterloo students) such as speed friending, carnival nights, meet and greet events, and conversation lunches – a fantastic opportunity to practice your English, gain invaluable social skills, and have fun!

This program helps you develop the necessary English skills that will be useful for your personal and professional life. During class, all the teachers will speak to you in English and since all your classmates are from other countries, you will always be speaking English...Participating in extracurricular activities with classmates allows you to create strong bonds of friendship while constantly practicing the English language.

- Sergio (Mexico), past EFS student

Quick links

Who is EFS designed for? Sample class schedule
Program features Student experience
What makes the program unique? Program dates, fees, and application process
Program duration and levels Residence
What will you learn?  

What will you learn?

listening and speaking skills

In this course, you will:

  • identify barriers to listening
  • practice methods of effective listening
  • increase understanding and use of new vocabulary
  • practice and improve your pronunication

integrated skills

In this course, you will:

  • review and extend your contextual knowledge of grammar
  • develop your reading strategies
  • identify and apply processes of academic writing
  • construct academic writing

presentation skills

In this course, you will:

  • practice effective use of voice, including during longer stretches of speech
    (articulation, chunking, stress, pacing, intonation)
  • examine visuals in presentations
  • compare various forms of structuring presentations
  • practice nonverbal techniques when delivering presentations
  • produce a full presentation

cultural studies

In this course, you will:

  • define culture
  • examine elements of the qualitative research cycle
  • compare Canadian cultural events to those of the home country
  • analyse language related to Renison University College cultural events
  • participate in discussions related to Renison University College cultural events

Student experience

Our Student Experience team is here to help you reach your goals as an EFS student. You will be offered a variety of opportunities to help you, including one-on-one meet-ups to improve your conversation skills, as well as access to program peer leaders who are here to support your English language development.

Experience life in Canada

  • Explore Southwestern Ontario, including Toronto, Niagara Falls, St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, and Grand Bend Beach
  • Benefit from many events and activities aimed at improving your social and English conversation skills

Practice your social and English skills

  • Speed Friending
  • Carnival nights        
  • Meet and greet events
  • Conversation lunches
  • One-on-one meet-ups with your Peer Leaders

Stay connected

  • Helpful emails to prepare for your studies
  • Weekly email newsletters about upcoming events and program reminders
  • Texting app communities where you can ask questions and connect with your classmates
  • Ongoing invitations to our events and workshops even after you finish the program

Learn more about the student experience at Renison’s English Language Institute.

Sample Events Calendar for the EFS program:

Sample Events Calendar for the EFS program