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Co-operative Education

September 2022

Co-op information sessions

Co-op Information Session dates are virtual and on the following days:

  • Tuesday, May 16: 10:30 AM
  • Wednesday, May 24: 6:00 PM

In the meantime, you can view a recorded Co-op information session.

How to register for Co-op information sessions on CareerLink

  1. Visit
  2. Click on "CareerLink Student Login
  3. Log in with your UFV student email and network password
  4. Under "Upcoming Events" select "Workshops"
  5. Select the online information session date that you wish to attend and click on RSVP (all information sessions contain the same information)
  6. A confirmation email will be sent to your UFV student email with details on how to access the information session.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

‌‌Important Co-op dates

If you have any questions about your Co-op application, or about the Co-op program, please email

Co-op application deadline: Monday, May 29, 2023

We will start reviewing applications on May 30. Before the end of the week, you will receive an e-mail update in regards to your application status to your student account. If you do not receive an e-mail by 5:00pm  Friday, June 2nd, please e-mail:

Accepted co-op students will be automatically registered for the mandatory Co-op and Career Education Course (there is NO fee for this course). There are two live sessions that will be on:

  • Wednesday, June 7: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
  • Friday, June 9: 3:00 to 5:00 PM
After you have completed all of the course requirements, you will have to attend an Advisory Meeting with your Co-op Coordinator. Once you have completed all program requirements, you will then become a registered co-op student at UFV. For full co-op information, see the Co-op - Student Handbook.


*** International Students: You will have to complete all program requirements before a Co-op Work Permit letter will be issued to you. Once you get a letter, you will need to apply for your co-op work permit.


About Co-op

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, Business, Library Information and Technology (LIBIT), Computer Information Systems (CIS), and Science diploma and degree Co-op programs are nationally accredited by the Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL Canada), 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.

For more information about the Co-op program, including the admission requirements, see the Co-operative Education handout below:‌

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. 

How to apply

Login to your CareerLink account:

  1. Apply to Co-op
    • Click on your initials at the top right and select "Apply to Co-op"
    • Complete the form and select "Submit your Application"
  2. Upload your resume
    • Click on your initials at the top right and upload your resume to 'My Documents'
  3. Upload your unofficial transcript
    • Click on your initials at the top right and upload your unofficial transcript
      • Log into your MyUFV account
      • Under 'Self-Service Links' select 'Student Centre'
      • Under 'Student Record' select 'Academic Transcript'
        • Transcript level: Credit
        • Transcript type: Electronic Academic Record
      • Once loaded, press Ctrl+P and save as PDF
      • Upload in the document section of your CareerLink account

All three steps must be completed to be considered for Co-op!

Apply now in CareerLink

International students: Canadian Co-op work permit

Once you have been conditionally accepted into the Co-op program you must attend a free mandatory Co-op and Career Education Course and attend an advisory meeting with your Co-op coordinator. After your advisory meeting, you will receive a letter from the Co-op office to apply for your Co-op work permit. 

Co-op work permit eligibility

You can apply for a Co-op work permit if:

  • You have a valid study permit
  • Work is required to complete your study program in Canada
  • You have a letter from your school that confirms all students in your program need to complete work placements to get their degree, and
  • your co-op placement or internship totals 50% or less of your study program

Processing times to receive your Co-op work permit vary so you should apply to the co-op program as soon as you are eligibleTo view estimated processing times, visit the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. Remember, it is your responsibility to make sure both your study permit and Co-op work permits are valid for the entire length of your work term.

Before accepting a Co-op job

Before accepting a Co-op job, you must have applied and received your Canadian Co-op work permit from IRCC. You must also have a Social Insurance Number (SIN). For information on how to apply for a SIN, visit UFV International website.


For a list of frequently asked questions about Co-op, please visit the FAQ Page.

If you would like more information about Co-op, visit the academic calendar.

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