Exploring Science

Exploring Science July 6 - 24, 2020 (CANCELLED for July 2020)

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 3-week program that provides language practice to improve participants' English language proficiency while learning about physics, biology, chemistry, astronomy 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:

  • Quantum Physics
  • Biophysics
  • Nanomaterials
  • Astronomical Observation
  • Electricity and Magnetism

Students will attend a mini-course offered by award-winning Physics professor, Dr. Richard Epp, “The Physics of Life”.

Students will also have approximately 10 hours each week of engaging English classes at Renison, Communication Skills and Presentation Skills.

Recreation and Excursions

City of TorontoThe program includes trips to exciting places in Southwestern Ontario and a variety of co-curricular and social activities on evenings and weekends. Each event presents an opportunity to explore Canadian culture and practise English in an authentic context.

Niagara Falls at nightActivities include

  • a day-trip to Niagara Falls
  • a day-trip to Toronto
  • local excursions to Waterloo Park, Earth Sciences observatory, St. Jacobs Farmers' Market and more
  • team-building and leadership activities

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

When is Exploring Science?

Exploring Science will take place from Monday, July 6, 2020 to Friday, July 24, 2020. Students should arrive on Saturday, July 4, 2019 and leave Saturday, July 25.

Here is an Exploring Science sample schedule (PDF) :

Exploring Science sample schedule (pdf)

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  $3,874 CAD 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 Jane Kay: jane.kay@uwaterloo.ca

Register for Exploring Science

Space is Limited! Registration Deadline: May 29, 2020

For individual and group registrations, please email Jane Kay (jane.kay@uwaterloo.ca)

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Registration Deadline: May 29, 2020