COVID-19 Updates

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The Renison English Language Institute Office (REN 1930) is not available for visitors. At this time, we are providing support in a virtual format. Read more about how to connect with ELI online.

For the Summer 2021 term, Intensive English For Academic Success (iEFAS) and Intensive Bridge to Academic Success in English (iBASE) will be offered online

Getaway Families Program

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Renison’s Getaway Families Program is a non-residential host family program connecting local families with international students studying at Renison University College.  

The program provides:

  • An opportunity for students to make a connection with a local family, have a glimpse into life off-campus and have some conversation practice.
  • An opportunity for families to connect with international students and learn about students’ cultures and home countries. 
  • A structured setting for families and students to engage with each other.  Conversation prompts and activity ideas are provided. 

 people doing snow angelsDetails:

  • While university classes are online, the program is offered virtually (meetings are held on online platforms such as Zoom or TEAMS).
    • Students may participate while studying online from outside of Waterloo.
  • Structured sessions can be provided, but used voluntarily. 
  • There is no cost on either participant’s part.
  • Groups of 2 or 3 students are matched with each volunteer family. 

Time commitment: 

  • One or two academic terms (12 weeks each), with 3-4 meetings per term
  • Suggested length of meetings: 30-60  minutes.

To participate, fill in the appropriate form:

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Christine Gillies or Bethany Dixon. 

This program is inspired by a similar program at the United World College-USA.