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Co-operative Education Program

The Co-operative Education Program integrates the academic education (classroom-based learning) of interested and qualified students with relevant, supervised, and paid work experience (work-based learning). Co-op students gain valuable skills to guide them through their academic education, and prepare them for future careers.

The Program runs year-round. Apart from the normal academic requirements, students complete 3-5 work terms. The Program is five years long, as students in the Program require an extra year in which to complete their bachelor's degrees.

Each successfully completed co-operative education course will be assigned 6 credits and will be recorded on the student's transcript. In order to graduate in a co-operative education program, a student must have completed the required number of work terms in addition to the normal academic requirements of the department. Co-operative education course credits cannot be used in lieu of or to complement academic course credits required by the department.

Program Notes:

  1. Co-operative education programs are optional and supplementary to the academic program.
  2. Students who wish to be considered for the program will be selected on the basis of academic performance and suitability for the work environment.
  3. Total enrolment is subject to the availability of appropriate work placements.
  4. Students admitted into the program will register in the appropriate co-operative education courses for each work term, once a suitable position is confirmed, and will be required to pay the co-operative education program fee. See Program and Course Fees.
  5. In addition, a co-op workshop fee is to be paid by all students accepted into the program. There will be no additional tuition fee.
  6. Work placements are graded Pass or Fail.
  7. Students must attend co-operative education program workshops.
  8. A report is required at the end of each work term.
  9. A minimum of three work terms is needed to graduate with a co-op designation on the transcript and parchment.
  10. Students wishing to enrol in the program must apply in the Fall term of their second year.
  11. Selection criteria for admission are based on academic performance and employment suitability.
  12. Acceptance into the co-op program does not guarantee work placements in every work term.

For more information, including application deadlines, please visit the Cooperative Education Program Office, Room 214, War Memorial Gym, 6081 University Blvd, Vancouver V6T 1Z2; telephone 604.822.4794; fax 604.822.5884.

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