Experience life in Canada
Join us on many cultural excursions to popular destinations in southwestern Ontario including Toronto and Niagara Falls. Learn about Canada's unique history by visiting on-campus educational centres and community museums. As part of Waterloo Region, we are also excited to introduce you to our area's entrepreneurial community. Join us on exciting visits to meet with student design teams at Waterloo, visit start-up company offices, explore entrepreneurship hubs and incubators, and see why Waterloo is considered Canada's Silicon Valley!
Practice your social skills
We want to help you build your confidence in using your English. The best way to improve your English is to use your English! Our popular summer bonfire parties, Speed Friending socials, carnival nights, meet and greet events, and conversation lunches are awesome ways to build your skills -- and have fun!
Be a successful student
Whether your goal is to just to improve your conversational English to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies at a Canadian university, we are here to help you reach your goals! One-on-one meet-ups, regular mandatory check-in meetings, and easy access to peer leaders and Student Experience staff can help you with improving your study strategies, adjust to studies in a North American university environment, and build your learning skills. We are also here to help you adjust to life in Canada and navigate life at Canada's most innovative university.
Build your leadership skills
We love organizing opportunities to help you volunteer in Canada, improve your English, while developing your leadership skills. Our student councils and newswriting volunteer teams are great ways to make new friends while also getting involved in our campus and local communities. Our students regularly volunteer at events like UWaterloo's International Fairs, food drives for charity, Canada Day celebrations, and more!
Have fun and make memories
We love having fun with our students! Every month, we organize countless bus trips to fun destinations including sports parks, trampoline parks, Canada's Wonderland, bowling, zip lining, maple syrup farms, pumpkin patches, snow tubing, laser tag -- we do it all!
Be introduced to family life in Canada
If you are studying in our academic language programs, you could be partnered with a family living in Waterloo region and be introduced to Canadian life and culture. Our Getaway Families program is an extraordinary opportunity for students to make a connection with a local family, have a glimpse into life off campus, and have some conversation practice. For the families who participate, it's an exciting opportunity to connect with international students and learn about your culture and home country.
Travelling out-of-town? Let us know!
Travelling during your ELI studies can be a great way to see new places and experience new things! When you go out-of-town, it is a good idea to let others know your travel plans in case anything unexpected happens. That’s why we recommend you complete our Out-of-Town Travel Notification Form if you plan on travelling outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area for two or more days. Notifying Renison of your travel plans helps us know where you are and how to contact you in the event of an emergency. If you have questions about completing the Travel Notification Form, please contact us and we will be happy to help!
Do you have questions about your student experience?
We welcome you to contact our Student Experience and Housing team!