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Co-operative Education

Co-operative Education (Co-op) combines academic studies with relevant work experience. Academic semesters alternate with work terms, giving you up to two years of relevant work experience. The UFV Arts, Professional Studies, and Science Co-op programs are nationally accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE), a recognized seal of quality.

Work terms are 4, 8, or 12 months in duration. Co-op work term placements are not guaranteed, but are awarded on a competitive basis. The hiring decision is up to the employer.

Apply for Co-op before the last Monday of the month in September, January, and May every year. You may apply at any time, but applications are only reviewed following the deadline.

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Fuel your career growth with the benefits of Co-operative Education.

  • Strengthen academic knowledge through program-related work experience
  • Apply academic knowledge in a real-world setting
  • Develop essential employment skills
  • Improve job-critical performance through direct feedback from employers
  • Explore alternative career options; discover professional talents and interests
  • Develop a professional resume with a solid work history
  • Build a network of professional colleagues and potential employers
  • Earn money to help finance your education

Admission Requirements

In order be admitted into the Co-operative Education program students must:

  1.  Be enrolled full-time (i.e. minimum nine credits per semester), and remain enrolled full-time in one of the following academic programs:
    • Arts, Associate degree
    • Arts, Bachelor degree
    • Business Administration, Bachelor degree
    • Business Administration diploma
    • Computer Information Systems, Bachelor degree
    • Computer Information Systems diploma
    • Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts degree
    • Fine Arts, Bachelor degree
    • General Studies, Bachelor degree
    • Library and Information Technology diploma
    • Science, Associate degree
    • Science, Bachelor degree

  2. Hold and maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.33 (diploma) or 2.67 (degree) calculated from courses taken at a Canadian institution.

  3. Have successfully completed two semesters of full-time study in an academic program at a Canadian institution.

  4. Have enough time remaining in your program to ensure that the total co-operative work experience is at least 30% of the time spent in academic study. (Students must successfully complete two co-op work terms in a two-year diploma program or three co-op work terms in a four-year degree program.

  5. Complete pre-employment workshop and advising.

  6. Required to start and end with an academic study term.

  7. Conduct yourself in a professional manner towards university faculty and staff, other students, and employers and their representatives.


How do I apply for Co-op?

There are three intakes a year into the Co-op program. Deadlines are on the last Monday of the month in September, January, and May every year. Students may apply at any time, but applications are only reviewed following the deadline.

When will I hear back about my application?

Students will receive an email regarding the status of their application by the end of the week. If an email is not received, contact

Where are Co-op jobs usually located?

Co-op jobs may be as close as the UFV campus or across Canada. It depends on your field of study, your interests, and your sense of adventure. Students who are open have the greatest success in the Co-op program. Most students obtain Co-ops in the Fraser Valley and the metro Vancouver area.

Why do I have to pay tuition fees while working in a co-op job?

Co-op is part of your academic program; fees are paid as they are for any course. The Co-operative Education program provides students with entry-level employment opportunities in their chosen field of study, teaches them basic employability skills, and monitors employment conditions and progress. Students do not pay any tuition fees until they have successfully obtained a co-op work term, and most students re-coup their co-op tuition fees within their first paycheque.

What happens to my student loan when I get a co-op job?

For student-loan related issues, students on co-op work terms are considered full-time students. Student loan recipients on a co-op work term may be required to submit a Reassessment Form to and apply for Interest-Free Status with the Ministry of Advanced Education. See Financial Aid and Awards for further information.

Will I receive credits for my work term?

Each completed full-time Co-op work term is worth six credits. Co-op credits do not count towards your diploma or degree except for the Arts degree program. 12 co-op credits can be applied to the lower level credits for students in the Arts degree program.

How many work terms can I take in a row?

The maximum number of consecutive full-time work terms you can take is four (16 months) as long as two are in the summer.

How many work terms can are required?

For a degree program — minimum of three work-terms and a maximum of six co-op work-terms.

For a diploma program — minimum of two co-op work-terms and a maximum of four co-op work-terms.

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