FAQs about Mathematics/English Language for Academic Studies (Math/ELAS)
What is Math/ELAS?
Mathematics/English Language for Academic Studies.
Math/ELAS is a program that allows you to begin your academic studies while you improve your English language skills. It is designed for students who are strong in mathematics but need to improve their level in English language.
Math/ELAS provides an opportunity for students to acquire the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. This program provides you the support needed in the classroom and allows you to build on your experience to be successful in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo.
Who is Math/ELAS for?
If you qualify for admission to the Faculty of Mathematics (includes School of Computer Science), but your English language test scores are below our minimum requirements, then the admissions committee will make you an "alternative offer of admission" to Math/ELAS.
See our English language test score minimum requirements.
Note: Students who have applied to programs/faculties other than Mathematics may be considered for the Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) program.
How do I get into the Math/ELAS program?
You cannot apply directly for admission to Math/ELAS. In order to be considered for Math/ELAS, you must first apply to one or more Faculty of Mathematics entry programs.
If you have applied to the Faculty of Mathematics, you may fit the following description:
- your first language is not English,
- your English language test scores are below Faculty of Mathematics minimum requirements,
- your high school mathematics marks meet or exceed our minimum mark requirements,
- you meet all our other admission requirements, and
- you are interested in studying in the Faculty of Mathematics, including the Cheriton School of Computer Science, at the University of Waterloo.
If you accept this "alternative offer of admission", you will automatically be placed in one academic course (MATH 137-Calculus) during the term. This course will count toward your degree when you begin your full-time studies. Details about the program and additional information that will prepare you to begin your studies at UWaterloo will be sent to you in your admission package. .
How does the Math/ELAS program work? Where do I take classes?
Math/ELAS students attend two separate campuses for a term (4 months). The English language enrichment portion of Math/ELAS takes place at Conestoga College-Waterloo campus, located at 108 University Avenue East, a short distance along University Avenue from the University of Waterloo. Conestoga College-Waterloo campus is on the City of Waterloo bus line, Grand River Transit, route 12.
In Math/ELAS, you will take four English language courses and one elective course at Conestoga College. You also take one Mathematics (MATH 137) course, Calculus 1, at the University of Waterloo. See below for information about the courses.
You will qualify for full-time degree studies in Mathematics if you successfully complete these courses in the Math/ELAS progam.
Where and when do I send/submit my English test score?
As part of the admission process the University of Waterloo requires official test scores. Complete your test at least 2 months before the deadline to ensure that your scores arrive in time. English language requirements
Please request that the testing centre/agency forward your test scores directly to the University of Waterloo. Faxes and student copies of test scores are not accepted for admission to UWaterloo.
- UWaterloo's institution code is 0996.
- UWaterloo's department code is 00.
UWaterloo's mailing address:ELR Requirements, Office of the Registrar
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Canada Submitting English language test scores must arrive at UWaterloo no later than:
- April 10, if you are applying for admission to the fall (September-December) term.
- December 1, if you are applying for admission to the winter (January-April) term.
Email inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long does it take to complete Math/ELAS?
To successfully complete the Math/ELAS program you must:
- complete one academic term (4 months);
- achieve at least 70% in all English language courses; and
- achieve at least 60% in your mathematics course.
If you meet all of the above conditions, you will be admitted into a regular honours program in the Faculty of Mathematics (includes Cheriton School of Computer Science), at the University of Waterloo.
You are expected to begin your degree studies in the term following completion of your Math/ELAS term.
When is Math/ELAS offered?
Math/ELAS is offered three times a year:
- In the fall term, from September to December.
- In the winter term, from January to April.
- In the summer, from July to August: this program is called Summer Intensive English Language for Academic Studies (IELAS) program; it is an 8-week intensive English language enrichment program.
Note: Summer IELAS requires a separate application process.
What courses would I take?
University of Waterloo: Calculus (MATH 137 or 135*)
Conestoga College: Level IV courses.
- ELS1380, Written Communication Skills IV, 90 hours.
- ELS1160, Reading Comprehension IV, 60 hours.
- ELS1200, Listening and Speaking IV, 60 hours.
- ELS1120, Pronunciation IV, 45 hours.
- LIB1540, Student Success for Higher Learning**, 45 hours.
**In addition to four English courses, Math/ELAS students will take one elective course so they can put their newly acquired English language skills into practice.
(*Students with transfer credit for MATH 137 - Calculus will be placed into MATH 135 - Algebra)
Students will automatically be enrolled into their Math and ELAS courses.
View a Math/ELAS student sample timetable that includes the Conestoga College English and elective courses, and Calculus 1.
How much does it cost?
Tuition fees for Canadian/permanent resident or international student for the current term are listed in the fee schedules: choose a term, select "Mathematics", and select "ELAS".
- One credit course for BMath or BCS degree
- Five English Language for Academic Studies courses
- UWaterloo incidental fees.
- Health and dental insurance (or University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)).
Fees are posted to student’s Quest account about five weeks prior to the start of classes each term. You will be sent an email notification, prior to the start of each term.
Further information contact:
Finance – Student Accounts
Room 1110, Needles Hall,
University of Waterloo
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 38466.
What happens after Math/ELAS?
Once you have successful completed the Math/ELAS program:
- you will receive a course credit for Calculus 1; it will count toward your BMath or BCS degree.
- you will be enrolled in a full-time regular program in the Faculty of Mathematics.
- you will begin your full-time studies in the term following completion of Math/ELAS.
Note: The Math/ELAS program may not be used to meet admission or transfer to other UWaterloo programs/faculties.
Would I qualify for co-op? How can I get into a co-op program?
Though you will not be admitted from Math/ELAS directly into a co-op program, you may be considered for co-op after first year if;
- you follow the steps provided by the Mathematics Undergraduate Office.
- someone drops out of co-op making a place for you.
- your marks from first year are higher than other students who may also want into co-op.
Co-op information sessions are held in mid March/July/November for first-year regular students to explore the possibility of switching to a co-op program.
Who can I contact for more information?
For questions about Math/ELAS, please contact Ms. Judy Reidt.