Co-op Education frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Where can I find detailed information about Co-op Education?
Co-op Education dates?
For information sessions, application deadlines, and pre-employment workshops, please find (preliminary) dates for by clicking on the link: All upcoming events. (Classes without sufficient enrolment may be cancelled.)
Next Co-op Application Deadline: Monday, January 27th, 2014
What is Co-operative Education?
Co-operative Education is an academic program that "extends the students' education beyond the limitations of classroom teaching and curriculum. By providing a structured sequence of progressively challenging lessons learned on assignment and in direct association with practicing members of the profession, students are provided the most comprehensive and professional preparation available." Cates and Cedercreutz (2008)
Co-operative Education combines full-time study (study terms) with full-time, paid employment in a career-related field (work terms). 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 rests with the employer.
How do I sign-up for Co-op Ed?
You can apply to the Co-op Ed program any time. However, applications are only reviewed after the application deadlines on the last Monday of the month in September, January, and May every year.
Where are Co-op jobs usually located?
Co-op jobs may be available as close as the UFV campus and as far away as Switzerland, South Africa, or China; it depends on your field of study, your interests, and your sense of adventure. Most students are placed in the Fraser Valley and within the Metro Vancouver area.
How much does Co-op Ed cost?
The 2013/14 fee for the Co-operative Education work term is $525.83 ($478.02 for tuition and $47.82 for ancillary fees), plus the Health & Dental and semester-based fees for Canadian students and Permanent residents. The fee for international students is $1,200.00. For details please refer to the Academic Calendar (Breakdown of Fees). Fees are payable at the beginning of each work term and are subject to change.
Why do I have to pay tuition fees when working in a Co-op job?
Students do not pay any tuition fees until they have been successfully placed in a work term, and most students recoup their Co-op tuition fees with their first paycheque.
Companies, non-governmental organizations, and governments are in need of motivated, trained, flexible, short-term employees that show potential to develop into a competent, long-term labour-force. In response, universities have established the Co-operative Education program which provides students with entry-level employment opportunities in their chosen fields of study, teaches them basic employability skills, and monitors employment conditions and progress.
Co-op Ed is part of your academic program. Fees are paid as they are for any course, and help to cover the cost of your Co-op pre-employment class, the time your Co-op co-ordinator spends with you, and in working with our employers.
Why can't I contact a Co-op employer directly, but have to go through the Co-op Ed office instead?
First, the jobs within the Co-op Ed program do not exist, and are thus not listed, outside the program. A benefit of Co-op Ed for the employer is that the university handles most of the administrative details. Being contacted by a large number of students from Co-op programs across Canada would be very time-consuming for the employer. Thus, Co-op offices at universities work with employers on behalf of the students.
Second, the Co-op Ed office must ascertain that communication between students and employers is appropriate and does not jeopardize future collaboration with either student or employer.
Will I receive any credits for my work term?
Each completed full-time Co-op work term is worth six credits. Co-op credits do not currently count towards your diploma or degree requirements.
The Co-operative Education degree designation requires the completion of a minimum of 12 credits for diploma and 18 credits for degree programs. The Co-op degree designation is reflected on your graduation diploma by the line "with Co-operative Education option".
How many work terms can I take?
The maximum number of work terms a co-op student can complete is six.