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 and your work terms will be recorded on your 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.