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, LIBIT, CIS, and Science diploma and degree 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.
Are you interested in the job opportunities available to co-op students? Please see the list of feature co-op positions.
Review the article Real-World Tech: My Co-Op Term at Safe Software written by the current feature co-op student Thomas Alain.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
The maximum number of consecutive full-time work terms you can take is four (16 months) as long as two are in the summer.
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.