Co-operative Education combines full-time study and full-time, study-related employment. It is presently an option within
Computer Information Systems,
Science, Engineering Transfer, and
Kinesiology and Physical Education. Students should contact the Career Centre for further information,
or visit www.ufv.ca/Jobs/Co-op_Ed.
Co-operative Education offers many benefits for students:
Learning and applying job search skills through pre-employment seminars and a competitive job interview process.
Testing and refining career choices in the context of the workplace.
Gaining valuable on-the-job experience in their chosen field, which can
enhance post-graduation employability.
Earning competitive entry-level wages, which can help to offset educational costs and reduce dependence on student loans and part-time employment during study terms.
Applying classroom learning in the "real" world
Co-op students must be engaged in productive, study-related work rather than
merely observing others at work. While Co-op coordinators develop most of the placement opportunities, student-generated jobs are encouraged and must be approved as suitable learning experiences by the Co-op
coordinator. Appropriate on-the-job accommodations will be implemented for students with disabilities.
All registered Co-op students have access to an online Co-op job postings
system. These positions are open to Co-op students ONLY. Eligible students
compete for placements through an application process coordinated by the Co-op
staff. Employers make the interview and hiring decisions. The staff also
monitors the progress of each student on the job, through e-mail contact and at
least one visit to each work site.
The Co-operative Education staff are located within the Career Centre.
Each Co-op work term is generally four or eight months in length. In addition
to specified program courses, two work terms (diploma), three work terms
(degree) are normally completed to earn a Co-operative Education designation.
This may extend the duration of the program, depending on the number and timing
of the work placements. Students are encouraged to apply in their first year. After
completing the equivalent of a first year of study, Co-op students alternate
between semesters of full-time study and full-time paid work experience
A typical study-work schedule is:
* These study and work term sequences will vary for students entering
into a UFV Co-op option at the third-year level.
Many Co-op positions are situated in the central and upper Fraser Valley;
however, students should give serious consideration to the possibility of
relocation for the work term period. Co-op students may also work in the Lower
Mainland and other areas of BC. Students willing to commute or relocate will
have access to the widest range of work experience opportunities. Questions
regarding relocation should be discussed with the Co-op staff.
Entrance requirements and application process
All Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and visa students are eligible to
participate in the Co-op program. Visa students are eligible for work permits
which are only valid for Co-op employment arranged through the Co-op program.
To apply for the Co-op option, students must attend an information session and complete an application form that is available online at www.ufv.ca/jobs/Co-op Ed.
Applications are accepted in the Fall and Winter semester. Deadlines are
posted on the Co-op website.
To qualify for the first work-term placement, students must:
be enrolled full-time in the diploma or degree program*
*Science students must complete the equivalent of 25 second-year
credits from courses listed in the Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science
degrees and identify with at least one of the following disciplines: Biology,
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Statistics (see Science section for further
* Arts students must complete the first year of study (30-45 credits) one year prior to placement and identify with at least one Arts discipline (see Arts section for further details).
have a GPA of at least 2.33 (C+) for diploma or 2.67 (B-) for degree.
complete a Co-op online application form by September or January deadline (see
website for deadline dates).
attend an interview/orientation with Co-op staff to determine level of interest and ensure that the option is understood.
complete the Co-op pre-employment curriculum delivered by the Co-op program.
Note: To qualify for subsequent Co-op work terms, students must:
have successfully completed all previous courses in their program prior to placement
maintain a GPA of at least 2.33 (C+) for diploma or 2.67 (B-) for degree
receive satisfactory evaluations from designated work-site supervisors in each work term
submit a satisfactory graded work report after each work term.
Students are encouraged to apply to the Co-operative Education program
during their first year at UFV; however, all students are admitted on an
individual basis, and the requirements may be flexible. In some circumstances,
students may be admitted conditionally to Co-op if their GPA is lower than 2.67
(degree) or 2.33 (diploma).
Each applicant is judged on their individual situation. Please speak to the
Co-op coordinator for your program of study regarding your eligibility prior to
applying to the Co-op program if you are uncertain whether you qualify.
Students must apply for admission to the Co-op program.
Students are encouraged to contact appropriate Co-op coordinators as early in
their university career as possible but no later than two semesters prior to
the first work term. Note that if you wish to be employed in Summer 2010, you
would need to begin the Co-op process in Fall 2009.
Transfer students should contact the Co-op office as soon as possible and
must complete at least one study term prior to engaging in a work term. Students
may apply the academic credit hours earned at another institution towards the 30
hours required of academic credit hours prior to first work placement, as per UFV
Co-op entrance requirements (see above). Students transferring from an approved
accredited co-op program elsewhere, and who have successfully completed work
terms, will receive transfer credit for those work terms. At least 25% of the
academic program and one co-op work term must be completed at UFV. Please speak with a Co-op coordinator regarding the transferability of work
terms from other co-op programs prior to applying to Co-op at UFV.
Once students have been accepted into the Co-op program and completed the
required pre-employment curriculum, they can then participate in the employment
competition. Job opportunities are identified and posted through Co-op. Students
select those positions for which they wish to compete. Employers then identify
candidates to interview and make an offer of employment to the candidate of
their choosing. If an
employment offer is made, the student may accept or decline, based on contractual
obligations and ethics associated with progression in the employment process.
These obligations are made clear to all participants at each point in the
Once a student accepts an employment offer, they are required to fulfill that
work term obligation, and they must register in a Co-op practicum course.
Application form submission and/or participation in the employment
competition indicates a commitment to the program and acceptance of the
permission for release of copies of transcript to prospective employers
agreement to enrol in the appropriate Co-operative Education course
agreement to inform UFV of the acceptance of any Co-op employment position
agreement to complete the Co-operative Education program
all accepted students are responsible for following the policies and
procedures outlined in the Co-op Student Handbook, found online at
Operation of the program
The Co-op coordinators and program staff facilitate all pre-employment student preparation,
negotiate work terms, meet employers to establish employer needs, and meet with
students to monitor progress. They oversee job competition and visit students on
the job, counsel and advise students, and deal with any issue which may arise
for the student or the employer during a work placement.
Self-directed work search
Students may also find or create their own work terms, locally or abroad.
Guidance is provided. Self-initiated jobs must be approved by the Co-op program
in advance of the work term, and students are required to enrol in and pay for
the appropriate Co-op practicum.
Students may travel internationally to complete a work term. Contact your
Co-op coordinator for more information.
The Co-op courses are considered additive credits. These units do not
count toward the total units required for the degree.
Fees and additional costs
A work term fee is charged for each four-month work practicum in which the
student enrols. These fees are tax deductible. Co-op fees for 2009/10 are $485.76 ($441.60 tuition, $44.16 ancillary fees),
and $112.50 additional student fees for domestic students, and $800.00 for
international students. See
for more information.
Note: Fees are subject to change.
Three work terms must be successfully completed for a degree with a Co-op
designation. Two work terms must be successfully completed for a diploma with a
Co-op designation. Successful work term completion includes a passing grade
(comprised of both a work project evaluation and a work performance evaluation)
and compliance with minimum standards of participation. (A work term typically
consists of full time employment for 13-16 weeks.)
For further information, or if you have questions, please contact Coordinator
Susan Francis for information on Co-op for Business, Applied Arts, and LIBIT at
email@example.com or 604-864-4634;
or Coordinator Dr. Michael Baumann for information on Co-op for CIS, KPE,
Engineering Transfer, and Science at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-864-4647.
For general information on the Co-op program at UFV, visit