The Co-operative Education program is mandatory for BSEng students. All students in the programs graduate with the Co-op designation on their academic documents. The minimum total length of the co-op is 16 months. The requirement can be completed with the acquisition of an aggregate of at least 16 months of full time work periods. The shortest period of full time work recognized towards the aggregate is one month, but periods could range from 1 to 16 months, thus giving you ample flexibility. Under special circumstances you may be able to complete a portion of the work experience utilizing periods of half time work coupled with half time study.
Challenges or transfer of credit for up to eight months of the work experience are also permitted in the case of extensive relevant work experience prior to entering the program or appropriate work terms completed at a certified post-secondary institution. Regardless of the extent of prior work experience, at least eight months of the work experience must be completed while the student is registered at the University of Victoria.
Approval of special arrangements will be at the discretion of the Director of the BSEng Program and the Executive Director of Co-operative Education or their designates.
What can I do on a co-op term?
There are lots of possibilities for your co-op term. For example, co-op terms can be entrepreneurial, in the private sector, and in the BC Provincial or the Federal Government. Even international co-op terms are possible.
Please visit the Engineering Co-op Homepage.