Renison University College (Renison) has a diverse selection of non-credit programs with a focus in language and culture.
Since 1972, the Renison English Language Institute (Renison ELI) has offered high quality English language programs and courses. Renison ELI supports more than 1000 students from 35 countries each year in achieving their academic and professional goals.
Community and Professional Education (CAPE) at Renison has gathered the leading institutes, schools, and programs so you can experience culture, engage in language learning, or explore spirituality through a dynamic selection of events, workshops, courses, and programs.
English Language Institute programs
As a Renison ELI student, you will receive a unique language learning experience. Your English language classes will engage you in exciting university topics on liberal arts, science, business, and technology. You will meet students from different countries, allowing you to explore and understand new cultures through the use of English. You will also become a part of the student community at the University of Waterloo, one of the world's leading institutions for research, technology, and innovation.
English for Academic Success (EFAS)
English for Academic Success (EFAS) is an intensive 14-week English language program offered in 4 levels ranging from low intermediate (level 100) to advanced (level 400). EFAS level 400 is benchmarked to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), a global standard in English language proficiency.
Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE)
English for Success (EFS)
Summer is a great time to visit Canada - and a great time to improve your English skills! English for Success (EFS) is a 4-week program designed to help you improve your English, live and study in a Canadian university, and make new friends from around the world!
General English at Renison (GEAR)
GEAR is a 4-week English language program designed to enhance your knowledge and sharpen your English skills. With classes in reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and Canadian culture, you will develop skills that will allow you to confidently communicate in any situation. GEAR offers something for everyone - from beginner to advanced.
To prepare you for IELTS, we offer a blended course as well as online course options. The blended course consists of in-class tutorials (50 hours) at Renison with a certified instructor and an online component that you can complete at home. We also offer preparation courses that can be done all online.
Enhance your resume with language and culture classes
Renison offers a variety of non-credit programs for those looking to take professionally taught, academic courses in a university setting without the requirement of being enrolled at the university. Please see our Community and Professional Education (CAPE) page for more details on courses available right now.
Chinese language and culture
The Confucius Institute (CI) at Renison offers Chinese language and culture courses so you can feel confident travelling, doing business in China, or forming deeper connections with your Chinese peers or relatives anywhere in the world!
Don't miss your chance to bridge language barriers and join a global community of Chinese language learners and speakers.
Japanese language and culture
Renison offers Japanese language and culture courses that can either spark your newly acquired interest or further develop a connection to your Japanese heritage.
Take the leap and build your connections to a worldwide community of Japanese language and culture enthusiasts.
Korean language and culture
The King Sejong Institute (KSI) at Renison offers Korean language and culture courses so you can take the first step toward exploring Korea and all it has to offer.
Invest your time by developing the tools that will enable you to join an international community of Korean language learners, speakers, and, perhaps even, K-Pop fans.
Explore faith, theology and culture
Renison Institute of Ministry
The Renison Institute of Ministry (RIM) lives out its founding vision of creating a welcome gathering place for inquiry, reflection, celebration, and Christian formation for service and ministry through its program of courses and events.
Japanese for kids (ages four to ten)
Sakura Japanese Language School
The Sakura Japanese Language School (Sakura) at Renison provides an environment for students (aged 4 to 10 years) to enjoy learning Japanese while fostering the four language skills: speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Our goal is to expose our students to Japanese language and culture while developing a broader perspective for the multicultural society we live in.