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When is the Co-op application deadline?

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 deadline 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. Note that some academic programs have the flexibility to apply Co-op credits towards the academic program credit requirements. It is recommended that Co-operative Education students meet with their educational/program advisor to determine their options.

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 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.


For more information about Co-op, visit the academic calendar.