You MUST apply early for your study permit. It can take 60 business days or 3 months to process! You must have a valid study permit to attend university in Canada and/or apply to take the summer 8-week IELAS program - before June 21st deadline date.
How do I obtain a study permit?
What is IELAS?
The Intensive English Language for Academic Studies (IELAS) program, is an 8-week intensive English language program that is available in July - August. Program offered through Waterloo-Conestoga College.
IELAS meets the English language requirement of the Faculty of Mathematics (and Cheriton School of Computer Science) at University of Waterloo. Only available to those that have received a conditional offer of admission for the fall/September term within the Faculty of Mathematics.
About IELAS Program
The intensive eight-week program is the same English language (ELS) program that students in our level IV - Mathematics/English Language for Academic Studies (Math/ELAS) program take, but it is an intensive English program condensed into 8-weeks, and no UWaterloo Mathematics (MATH) course is taken.
IELAS has an academic focus that provides an opportunity for students to acquire the reading, writing, pronunciation, listening and speaking skills needed for post-secondary studies.
Who can take IELAS?
If you have been sent a conditional Offer of admission and accepted to the Faculty of Mathematics for the September/fall term, based on your academic background and grades, but your English language skills and scores are below our minimum admission requirements - then you are eligible.
You have the option to either take the 8-week intensive English language (IELAS) program*, or you may choose to take the one-term (4 months) of Math/ELAS that begins in September/fall term.Consult the 'conditions' in your Offer of Admission letter and provide any additional documents, scores or grades, etc. to the Registrar's Office before proceeding with the IELAS process. Refer to submitting your documents
Since the official offers of admission are processed and sent by the Registrar's Office on a rotating basis, I will not know when you have been granted an offer through the Faculty of Mathematics..
I will be monitoring the registration list for the IELAS 8-week program, as students must be first approved through the Faculty of Mathematics at Waterloo.
When do IELAS classes start?
Tuesday July 2 - Friday August 23, 2019,
Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Note: Monday July 1, 2019 our offices will be closed, Canada Day holiday observed and on Monday August 5 - Civic holiday.
On the first day - Tuesday, July 2 you will report directly to Waterloo - Conestoga College for 8:30 am (signs will be posted). You will receive your IELAS class schedule and book-list to purchase the required books.
Please bring your Passport on the first day of IELAS classes.
Note: Students must be available to attend all classes for this intensive program. No late arrivals - no exceptions!
We strongly recommend that you plan your arrival to Canada (Waterloo, Ontario) earlier than the first day. This will allow you some time to adjust to your surroundings, review bus stops and schedule, and settle in before you begin this intensive program.
Where are IELAS classes held?
You will study level IV ELS: Course Details
- ELS1380 - Written Communication Skills IV
- ELS1120 - Reading Comprehension IV
- ELS1160 - Pronunciation IV
- ELS1240 - Listening & Speaking IV
These are the same ELS courses as in level IV - Math/ELAS
Exception: You will not be taking any UWaterloo math courses.
Tuition and Fees
The 2019 IELAS (Conestoga College) fees are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
|Waterloo - Intensive English Language for Academic Studies Fees|
|Domestic Fees||$1,666.65 CDN|
|International Fees||$5,499.49 CDN|
Credit Card form completed/scanned and emailed directly to Lpereiramelo@conestogac.on.ca.
Remit an international money order, bank draft, or certified cheque made payable to: "Conestoga College".
Payment or charge card details must be attached and included with your completed application form and submitted along with your supporting documents - no later than Friday, June 21, 2019.
Print a copy and Complete an IELAS Application form IELAS 2019
- English Language Test Score (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.)
- Student Visa documents
Pay your IELAS fees
If paying by certified cheque/money order/bank draft, send full payment to:
Liliana Pereira-Melo Lpereiramelo@conestogac.on.ca
Conestoga College - Doon Campus
299 Doon Valley Drive
Kitchener, ON Canada N2G 4M4
Payable to: Conestoga College
NOTE: Make sure that all your Study Permit/Visa documents are in order, valid and available - before June 21, 2019 deadline. (No exceptions!)
You MUST apply early for your study permit. It can take 60 business days or 3 months to process! You must have a valid study permit to attend university (post-secondary level) in Canada and/or apply to take the summer 8-week IELAS program.
How do I obtain a study permit?
However, you will be a registered student for this program through Conestoga College as tuition fees are paid directly to them.
What are the advantages of taking the summer (8 week) IELAS program?
You have the option and can select which program will be the right fit for you:
Math/ELAS (1 academic term/4 months): September to December
The choice is yours to either begin in September in our Math/ELAS program as you adjust through the transitions from high school.
Refer to details indicated with your Offer of Admission for the fall term.
- You will attend two – separate campuses.
- You will take one – Mathematics course (Calculus 1) for credit towards your BMath or BCS degree here at UWaterloo, as well as taking the level IV – English language courses taught at Waterloo-Conestoga College.
- You are in a full-time program registered at UWaterloo.
IELAS (8-weeks): Tuesday July 2 to Friday August 23, 2019
(Note: a separate application process and fees paid directly to Conestoga College)
If you are able to arrive earlier in Waterloo, apply separately and take the 8-week IELAS program on your own, to meet our English requirements.
You would complete the program in eight weeks and satisfy our English language admission requirements before the start of September.
Upon successful completion of the 8-week Intensive English language program, you are able to begin your full-time studies in Mathematics, rather than taking a full term of Math/ELAS from September – December. You will continue with new students who are beginning their studies in September!
Deadline to apply
You must submit all required supporting documents along with full payment, by Friday, June 21, 2019 for this 8-week IELAS program.
You must be able to arrive in Waterloo by Monday July 1st and get settled in to attend - NO EXCEPTIONS!
You make your own summer accommodation arrangements.
You can arrange to stay in residence on–campus at University of Waterloo, while you study English (IELAS) at the nearby Waterloo - Conestoga College.
A separate registration form and fees are required for these accommodations.
Visit the Summer Accommodations website for more information or contact by E-mail at email@example.com or by phone 519-884-5400.
Please indicate that you are part of the Math-ELAS in the booking notes when you make your reservation.
Special rates and arrangements are organized through the University of Waterloo Summer Accommodations as follows:
- Rooms arranged in the Ron Eydt Village (REV). A floor consists of 23 single or double occupancy rooms in two (2) large communal washrooms per floor (one male and one female) along with a tv lounge and a study lounge. Please note that you will be placed on the same floor as other students attending the Summer Intensive English Language program.
- You will have access to a common kitchen which is located on the same floor as the guest rooms.
- You are welcome to use the onsite gym and games area.
- If you intend to stay a minimum of 30 nights, the rate for staying on-campus for the summer program (July 1 [or earlier] to August 29, 2019) will be $750.00/month ($24.17/CAD per night).
- Rates for accommodations LESS than 30 nights stay are available upon request.
- Front desk is located in Ron Eydt Village Central Complex.
- Linen and towel services are included (changed weekly).
- Campus Map
How to make a room reservation?
Reservations can be made by registering online at https://webreg.uwaterloo.ca/onlinereg/Register/default.aspx?code=C000529 or by calling our Reservation Department directly at 1-800-565-5410.
- IELAS students will be asked for a $200 deposit via Visa, MasterCard or AMEX to guarantee their reservation that will be applied to the balance of their account. At check-in, they will be asked to pay for the balance of the first month. Please note that we require 48 hours cancellation notice to receive a 90% refund on your deposit. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after that time, for no shows, or early checkouts.
Please note that if you wish to reserve a room for yourself and another individual, you will be required to indicate the name of your roommate on the reservation form. The deposit will be applied to the account of the individual who made the booking.
How can I move into full-time math studies?
To complete the IELAS program successfully, you will need to pass with final grades of at least 70% in each of the Conestoga College's English language courses.
This will meet the English language admission requirement for the Faculty of Mathematics, at Waterloo. You are expected to attend all classes of courses that you are registered in. Program regulations include attendance for evaluation purposes.
NOTE: These are the same requirements as for our Math/ELAS program
Will I need to submit or take another English language test?
No - but as part of the admission requirements, you do need to provide one of the test options as proof of your English and your level of proficiency if you wish to study in either the IELAS or Math/ELAS programs.
No additional English language testing will be required after studying summer IELAS or Math/ELAS (or during the program).
Will the IELAS program qualify for co-op?
No. Taking one-term level IV ELAS (or 8-week intensive English) program would regrettably not allow you to begin in a co-op program.
To be considered for a position in a co-op program, you can apply during your first year in post-secondary studies at Waterloo.
Information sessions about applying to co-op are held each term. Check with the Math Undergraduate Office, during your first year, for the dates for these sessions. Admission into co-op is based on available spaces and your grades (above 85%) during your 1A and 1B terms.
Arriving to Waterloo - Getting Around
Transportation to the University of Waterloo from airport:
If you are arriving at Lester B. Pearson International Airport, transportation is available through Airways Transit. It is a good idea to make these arrangements when you book your flight.
To get to Waterloo from the airport, is a distance of 105 km, approximately 70 minutes by car.
Airways Transit Airporter
The information desk (Turnkey Desk) in the Student Life Centre is always open. Staff at the Turnkey Desk can help you decide what to do next and provide you with any information or assistance you may need.
Student Life Centre
519-888-4567, ext. 34434
Email Turnkey Desk
See directions to campus.
First year International students - Orientation
International student resources
The Student Success Office in South Campus Hall on the second floor, University of Waterloo provides many services and resources for our international students.
Read about new students getting ready to come to Waterloo on the International Student Experience website.
- Download the Guidebook for New International Students (PDF)
Your initial contact should be made through the University of Waterloo by contacting the Math/ELAS Program Coordinator - Judy Reidt. Please be sure to include your full name, your UWaterloo ID reference number for proper follow up, on all your correspondence.
Conestoga College Contacts:
For additional information about English language studies programs at Conestoga College contact:
Ms. Liliana Pereira-Melo
Conestoga Language Institute
299 Doon Valley Drive
Kitchener, ON N2G 4M4
Ms. Tammi Mugford
Phone: 519-748-5220 ext. 3463