Co-operative education program options
Co-operative education (co-op) is available in various formats and is an option for almost every academic program. Browse co-op programs in the menu to the left or find your academic program here.
Your co-op program options
Co-op is the traditional model and is offered in most undergraduate programs. You’ll alternate four-month study terms with four-month terms of full-time, paid work experience. Typically, you’ll apply to co-op in the fall of your second year. Admission is based on your grade-point average (generally a minimum "B" standing) and may include an interview. Upon completion of your coursework and three or four work terms (depending on your program), you’ll graduate with a co-op designation on your diploma.
If you complete a parallel co-op work term, you’ll complete one work term over eight months. Typically, you’ll complete part-time work simultaneously with part-time study. Application dates, admission criteria and graduation requirements are the same as for co-op.
In the co-op internship program, you’ll complete one consecutive 12- to 16-month work term between the third and fourth year of your academic studies. Application dates, admission criteria and graduation requirements are the same as for co-op.
The Work Experience Program (WEP) is a shorter, more flexible option than co-op. You can join WEP at any point in your studies. You’ll complete one or two work terms, depending on your program’s criteria (if you complete two work terms, you’ll receive a designation of Work Experience on your academic record and transcript). Admission requirements are more flexible than for co-op.
In this option, you’ll complete a four-, eight- or 12-month internship before graduation, but after your academic coursework has been completed. Admission is at the discretion of individual co-op programs.
If you're a graduate student, contact the co-op program in your academic area for information about work-integrated education options. Your admission will be determined after consultation with your graduate adviser and department.