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Co-operative Education Program

Co-operative Education (Co-op) alternates periods of academic study with paid work experience to help prepare students for future careers. It is based on the principle that relevant work experience combined with academic programs play an important part in the effective professional and personal development of students. Co-op students gain valuable skills that help guide them through their academic education, as well as prepare them for future job markets upon graduation.

The Co-op Office provides career coaching, help in sourcing potential employers and arranging interviews, and generally managing the Co-op experience. Kinesiology Co-op Coordinators visit students at their places of work to assess student learning and progress on Kinesiology Co-op professional development assignments (as outlined for each work term course) and liaise with co-op employers/supervisors.

Co-op is optional and supplementary to the requirements of the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree. Course credits cannot be used in lieu of, or to complement, academic course credits. Completion of the Kinesiology Co-op Program typically requires an additional half- to full-year to complete a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree. Three co-op work terms must be completed, including at least one in Term 1 or Term 2 of a Winter Session. Students normally end their degree on an academic term.

Students wishing to enroll in the Program must apply in Winter Session, Term 1, of their second or third year of study, and are selected on the basis of academic performance and suitability for the work environment. To enter and remain in Co-op, students must be in good academic standing. Total enrolment is subject to the current state of the job market as well as the resources available to support coaching and job development. Acceptance into the program does not guarantee students employment in each work term: students must apply and compete for positions, and employers decide whom to hire.

Students admitted into the Kinesiology Co-op Program are required to accept and comply with the Program’s Terms & Conditions (https://kin.educ.ubc.ca/current-students/co-op-program/current-students/terms-conditions/) and pay a one-time administration and pre-employment/advising fee. Once a suitable position is confirmed, students are registered by the Kinesiology Co-op Program in the appropriate Co-op course for each work term and pay the associated Co-op course fees. The normal regulations governing withdrawal from courses notwithstanding, students are not permitted to withdraw from the Co-op course without permission of the Co-op Program.

To inquire about application deadlines and for further information, please contact the Kinesiology Co-operative Education Program.

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