Did I meet English Language requirements for the Faculty of Mathematics?
An official English language test score is required for admission. Your offer of admission may be withdrawn if all the conditions are not met. All students whose first language is not English and who have not studied in an English language school for at least four years (before you begin at UWaterloo) must satisfy this requirement.
For more information, visit UWaterloo's admission requirements 2015 and English language requirements for Faculty of Mathematics.
Why did I get an alternative offer to Math/ELAS?
Students may feel disappointed that they did not receive an offer of admission to their original choice in mathematics or computer science plan. However, many students are in a similar situation and accept our alternative offer of admission.
Since your academic background indicates that you have the potential to do very well in our mathematics or computer science plan, you have been offered a place in our Math/ELAS program. Through this program, you will improve your English language skills, which will greatly increase your chances for success at university. Students report that they are glad they had the chance and choose the University of Waterloo.
Why should I take the Math/ELAS program?
Students who are strong in mathematics but weaker in English are given the opportunity to enter this university by successfully improving their English language skills through the Math/ELAS program.
Upon successfully completing the Math/ELAS program, students would be eligible for full-time enrolment to a regular plan within the Faculty of Mathematics.
What terms are available for the Math/ELAS program?
Level four (IV) - The one term (four months) Math/ELAS program is offered during the:
- Fall - September to December
- Winter - January to April
- *Summer - July and August (8-week)
Students must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5-6.5, or English language test result of - Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 64-89 overall Internet-Based Test (IBT), to be eligible for the Math/ELAS program.
*Summer program is an eight-week intensive English language program: Summer Intensive English Language for Academic Studies (IELAS). This is the same English language program that students in our Level IV - Math/ELAS program take, but it is an intensive English program condensed into eight weeks, and no UWaterloo math course is taken.
Only those students who have applied to the Faculty of Mathematics and received a conditional offer of admission for the fall term, will have the option to take either the summer intensive program or proceed in the Level IV Math/ELAS program. Fees and application is handled separately and paid to Conestoga College.
Note: A separate application form, fees and process is required for the summer intensive program.
How long will I be in Math/ELAS?
Level IV of Math/ELAS is four months (one term).
Once you has successfully completed our Math/ELAS program, you qualify to proceed in full-time degree status in a regular plan within the Faculty of Mathematics, in the next academic term.
Can I take other courses during this program?
No - Students who are in the Math/ELAS program are not eligible to take other courses while registered in this program.
You are only allowed to take the one UWaterloo mathematics course (MATH 137 or MATH 138 - Calculus), which would count towards your BMath or BCS degree, while here at the University of Waterloo.
The five English language courses are offered each day Monday through Friday at the Conestoga College's Waterloo campus and are scheduled around your MATH course taken at UWaterloo. This program is not intended to take additional courses on-campus, as you will have assignments, tests, reading and other details that will need to be successfully completed and to qualify for full-time studies in the Faculty of Mathematics.
A few students may be granted transfer credit for Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) or A-Level courses with specific grades. The Registrar's Office will be sending detailed information to students who fit in this category. These students must have their MATH course time-slotted for 8:30 - 9:20 am (i.e. MATH 135 or 138).
How do I accept my offer of admission (or alternative offer)?
Applicants will be able to respond online, to offers of admission from Ontario universities using the “Review and Change Your Completed Application” feature on the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.
To accept or decline your offer of admission, visit the OUAC website:
- Ontario secondary school students or all other undergraduate applicants
- Click on "Review and Change Your Completed Application".
- Follow the instructions to accept or decline an offer.
If clicking on "accept" does not work, you will need to contact UWaterloo Registrar's Office-Admissions directly at email@example.com or 519-888-4567, ext. 33106.
Your response must reach OUAC by the date shown on your offer of admission.
You will have 14 days after the date, on your offer of admission form, to confirm that you are accepting (or declining) your offer. You must respond to OUAC with your decision no later than the expiry date, that is specified with your offer. You can accept admission to only one university at a time. If you are accepted to more than one program at UWaterloo, you may accept only one of these offers.
If you wish to re-accept an offer you previously cancelled, contact our Registrar's Office - Admissions Section or international recruitment and admissions co-ordinator, to see if you can still be considered or whether a new offer should be issued, or to see if spaces are still available.
Please provide your full name and OUAC/UWaterloo ID numbers with your inquiry for proper verification.
Remember, many programs and spaces do fill up. The later you wish to change universities, the more difficult it is likely to be.
Do I add my course(s) in Quest? (or how do I select my course(s)?)
You do not enter any courses using Quest.
All of your Math/ELAS courses are automatically selected for you - a place in those classes has been reserved.
We will schedule your UWaterloo mathematics (MATH) course, MATH 137 - Calculus for Honours Mathematics, which is credited towards your BMath or BCS degree. Note: students with transfer credit(s) may be placed in MATH 135 or MATH 138.
Your MATH course is held at the University of Waterloo, each Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:30 to 9:20 am in the Mathematics & Computer Building (MC), that may include a tutorial (if applicable).
You will be attending classes at two-separate campuses, as this program is coordinated through both the Faculty of Mathematics and the nearby Conestoga College's Waterloo campus.
As a Math/ELAS student you can only take one-math course, along with the four English Language courses, to satisfy the Math/ELAS program. In addition, students will take one elective course at Conestoga College, which will allow you to put into practice your newly acquired English language skills. These English language courses are scheduled around the UWaterloo MATH course and tutorial sections.
You will receive your timetable for the English Language courses on the first day of classes at Conestoga College. The English language time-slots will not show on our Quest system, along with your UWaterloo MATH course.
Why can't I see my English language (ELAS) courses on Quest?
Our campuses are not on the same scheduling system, therefore you will not see the ELAS class schedule on your UWaterloo Quest account - only your UWaterloo MATH course will be shown.
The English language courses, which includes; Reading, Writing, Pronunciation, as well as Listening & Speaking, are held at the nearby Conestoga College's Waterloo campus. You will be attending classes at two separate campuses.
You will receive your timetable for your English Language courses on the first day of classes at Conestoga College.
Can I take a term off after completing a term in Math/ELAS?
Math/ELAS students are expected to continue their full-time studies in the term immediately following successful completion of the Math/ELAS program.
This is so you have a much better chance of retaining your newly acquired English language skills and put into practice. Plus this is also indicated in your Offer of Admission letter.
How do I submit or pay my tuition fees for Math/ELAS?
Please note that your fee statement is available online; you will not receive a separate statement in the mail.
Full details of your account will be available through Quest (UWaterloo's online enrolment system), your primary source of current and up-to-date individual financial account information.
After you are enrolled in your class(es), you will be able to view your fee statement in Quest. If you do not have access to the Internet, call 519-888-4567, ext. 33611 or 33374.
You may pay your tuition by bank draft/cheque or money order (payable to; University of Waterloo). The preferred method is the electronic bank process - Travelex bank to bank transfer. Regrettably, we do not accept credit card payments, personal cheque or cash.
Please be sure to include your full name, student UWaterloo ID number, program of study and that payment is for tuition fees. Detailed fee payment instructions, can be found at Finance (Student Accounts) website.
Note: Wire transfers may take several days to arrive to our Canadian bank account. When funds arrive, it may also take several more days for processing and to be posted to the student account. To track payment, please inquire with the issuing bank.
Who to contact for more information about Math/ELAS?
Ms. Judy Reidt
Faculty of Mathematics
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 33246
Email Judy Reidt
For general inquiries during the application and admission process contact:
Email Math Info or call 519-888-4567, ext. 36284 (3MATH).
For a detailed response you may submit inquiries by email. Please be sure to provide adequate academic background information with your initial request.