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Academic Programs with Co-op

Co-op provides you with the opportunity to integrate your academic learning with practical experience, gain marketable skills, earn money, try out new jobs and expand your network of mentors and potential employers.

Over 40 of our undergraduate and graduate programs are eligible for co-op including select programs from the Faculties of Arts, Liberal Arts, and Science, and the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.

Co-op Work Terms

Each work term is developed in collaboration with the employer and approved by the Department of Cooperative Education as a suitable learning environment that will engage the student in productive work. Students apply to employers with whom they are interested in working. Employers are encouraged to interview on campus. Although employment cannot be guaranteed, every effort is made to ensure that suitable employment is available for students admitted to co-op.

The student's performance in the workplace is supervised and evaluated by the student’s employer. Co-op staff members monitor each student's progress during the work term. The co-op curriculum supports student learning goals, personal evaluation and reflection; students are required to set goals each term and write work term reports. Students are compensated by their employer for work performed.

A co-op fee is payable in each academic term of Year 2 and Year 3. Students in the Business Administration and Mathematics (University of Waterloo) and Business Administration and Computer Science (University of Waterloo) double degree program pay the entire co-op fee for Year 2 in the fall term. In Year 3 and Year 4, they pay a co-op fee each academic term, according to the sequence of work and study that they have chosen.