Welcome Humanities


Have questions about co-op?

Swing by one of the Humanities & Fine Arts pop-up info tables in September:

  • Tuesday September 10 - Fine Arts Building Lobby | 11:00-1:00
  • Thursday September 12 – Clearihue Lobby | 11:00-1:20
  • Tuesday September 17 – Visual Arts Building Lobby | 11:30-1:30

 Co-op lets you alternate terms in class with terms working for employers in your field of study. It's also a perfect way to:

Gain experience and discover what you love

You'll try out different types of jobs and explore your career options.

Help cover your tuition

You'll earn a competitive co-op wage (nearly $2,500/month on average in 2018).

Stand out to employers

Co-op grads tend to find work related to their degree faster and earn more money than students who don't participate in co-opemployers value co-op students' experience!

Travel while you learn

You could work for employers in Victoria, across Canada or internationally.

Apply today

Popular co-op links

  1. Learn more about co-op and the work experience program.
  2. Check out the application requirements below.
  3. Understand what is required as a co-op student. 
  4. Submit your application.

Beyond co-op

Information by program

There are tons of ways to animate your academic learning. Learn about:

What is co-op?

What is co-op?

Co-op is an experiential learning program that helps you start building your career while you're still at university. It's designed to work around your academic courses, so you'll complement what you're learning in class with practical workplace experience. Co-op supports you in trying a range of jobs, gaining work experience and skills, and making connections with employers.

Co-op is flexible; you can be registered in either the traditional co-op or work experience program. You can transfer between work experience and traditional co-op depending on how many co-op terms you complete and whether you meet the co-op requirements.

  • Traditional co-op (co-op degree)
    • If you successfully complete all your required co-op work terms, you'll earn a co-op distinction on your degree
    • Undergraduate students must complete three work terms to earn the co-op distinction
  • Work experience program
    • A shorter version of co-op—a great option for students who don't want to commit to three work terms, or are in the late stages of their degree
    • Students will complete 1-2 work terms

The application process and requirements for the work experience program is the same as for traditional co-op.

What are the application requirements?

You must meet the following requirements to apply to Humanities and Fine Arts (HUFA) Co-op and WEP.

If you successfully complete all your required co-op work terms, you'll earn a co-op distinction on your degree. Undergraduate students must complete three work terms to graduate with co-op designation.

Application requirements for undergraduate students:

  • be registered in:
    • a degree program (BA, BFA, BSc, BMus) at the University of Victoria in the Faculty of Humanities or Fine Arts OR
    • the English Minor in Professional Communication OR
    • the Fine Arts Minor in Professional Writing in Journalism and Publishing OR
    • the Diploma program in Intercultural Education and Training OR
    • the Cultural Resource Management Program OR
    • the Intercultural Education Program
  • be registered in a full course load (at least 6.0 units of course work per term)
  • have achieved at least a 5.0 GPA in a full course load in the previous term

Learn more about the Humanities and Fine Arts Co-op program!

What is required of you as a co-op student?

After you have been accepted to the co-op program, you'll need to fulfill certain requirements to participate in co-op and WEP.

Before you start your first work term, you'll take a mandatory, one-time preparation course. Then, for each co-op work term, you'll complete competency assessments, have a work site visit and submit a work term report (or alternate submission).

Co-op requirements include:

What about fees?

All co-op and WEP students pay a tuition fee for the co-op program, just like for your regular courses. It's free to join co-op and attend the preparation course—you'll pay the tuition fee when you secure a work term.

Does co-op count towards academic credit?

For each completed work term, you will receive credits that contribute towards the Co-op designation you’ll receive on your degree when you graduate. Your co-op work term does not count towards your academic credit.

Learn more about how co-op works and the work term requirements on our website.

Where do co-op students work?

The possibilities are endless! Check out some sample jobs and types of work for Humanities and Fine Arts students.

You can also check out our student experiences gallery for videos, photos, stories and more.

How to apply

To apply to the HUFA Co-op or Work Experience Program, drop off your completed application package at our office in Clearihue D128.

Your application package should include:

  1. a completed application form (undergraduate) (pdf)
  2. a cover letter  a one-page cover letter to introduce yourself and explain why you're applying
  3. a recent résumé  include your latest experiences, including extracurricular activities (volunteering, sports, outdoors, arts)
  4. UVic transcript access these through your online student record (MyPage)
  5. other college and university transcripts (if applicable) order these from each institution

When to apply

Apply by Friday, September 20, 2019. 

Have more questions?

You can connect with your co-op staff at the following events:

  • Drop-in hours with the HUFA co-op coordinator are:
    • Thursday, January 10 from 11:30-1:30PM (Fine Arts building lobby)
    • Friday, January 11 from 11:30AM-1:30PM (Clearihue building lobby)
    • Monday, January 14 from 11:30-1:30PM (Visual Arts building lobby)

  • 'Hear Co-op student stories' 
    • Wednesday, January 16 from 4:30 - 5:30 (Cornett A125)

Can't make one of these times? Stop by the Humanities and Fine Arts Co-op office in Clearihue D128!

Contact HUFA Co-op