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Exploring Science

Exploring Science July 3 - 21, 2017

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The University of Waterloo's Faculty of Science and Renison University College present Exploring Science: a three-week program combining English instruction and exploration of science.

What is Exploring Science?

Exploring Science is a 21-day program that provides language practice to improve participants' English language proficiency while learning about physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics and Canadian culture.

What does the program include?

The program includes a variety of science lectures, presentations and tours, an introduction to University of Waterloo professors, staff and graduate students, excursions to local and regional attractions and more.

Academic Programming

Students have the opportunity to audit science courses during the program. Examples of courses that may be offered are:

  • Quatum Physics I
  • Introduction to Biophysics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Astronomical Observation
  • Computational Physics II
  • Electricity and Magnetism

For more examples of courses offered, please check this list of courses.

Students also have 10 hours each week of interesting and engaging English classes at Renison, speaking and listening plus presentation skills.

Recreation and Excursions

City of TorontoThe program includes a variety of social, recreational and touristic activities on evenings and weekends. Each activity presents an opportunity to explore Canadian culture and traditions as well as to practise English.

Niagara Falls at night

Activities will include

  • a day-trip to Niagara Falls
  • a day-trip to Toronto
  • canoeing on the Grand River
  • local excursions, for example shopping, Waterloo Region Museum, St. Jacobs Farmers Market, etc.
  • sports and games

Where will I live?

Renison ResidenceAccommodation will be provided in residence on the University of Waterloo campus. The residence will provide

  • double accommodation (two students sharing a room)
  • all meals: 3 meals/day Monday to Friday; 2 meals/day (brunch and supper) Saturdays and Sundays
  • laundry facilities
  • wireless Internet
  • access to library and computing facilities
  • Watcard identification for use on campus

For more information on residence, please visit Renison's Residence and Housing page.

When is Exploring Science?

Exploring Science will take place from Monday, July 3, 2017 to Friday, July 21, 2017. Students should arrive on Saturday July 1, 2017 and leave Saturday July 22.

Here is a sample schedule:

Exploring Science Schedule

Note: All classes will be held on the University of Waterloo campus.
Some workshops, tours, and several evening and weekend excursions will be held off campus.

The schedule and planned activities are subject to change.

How much does the program cost?

The program fee is CAD$3,400 (US$2,540, RMB17,225) per participant.

The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition (25 hours/week of instruction and custom programming)
  • Course materials
  • University residence (double accommodation) and all meals
  • Welcome reception
  • Renison | Waterloo Certificate of Completion
  • All scheduled social, recreational and excursion activities
  • Comprehensive medical insurance
  • Return transportation between Toronto Airport and the University of Waterloo

More information

If you have any questions regarding Exploring Science, please email

Register for Exploring Science

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 2, 2017

Register and pay as:

an individual                                    a group

One scientist         two scientists

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Registration Deadline: Friday, June 2, 2017