Co-op Information for Students

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What is co-op?

As defined by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada), a co-op program is an educational model that “formally integrates a student's academic studies with work experience.”
In co-op programs, students usually alternate academic terms with co-op work terms so that they can put what they've learned into action and bring their co-op work term experiences back into the classroom and onto the UNBC campus.

Why enroll in co-op?

Students who enroll in co-op ensure they are ready for anything that comes their way – be it a summer job or life after graduation.

Studies also show that students who graduate from undergraduate co-op programs experience:

  • higher employment rates,
  • better self-reported occupation-to-field-of-study matches, and
  • higher earnings.
Why are co-op students so well equipped for life after graduation? Well, co-op students benefit from the opportunity to:
  • participate in exclusive pre-employment workshops and training,
  • gain quality work experience in a variety of fields with multiple employers,
  • receive competitive wages for their work, and
  • build their professional networks.
Additionally, UNBC Co-op students specifically benefit from a centralized, one-stop-shop co-op office that works closely with employers, UNBC faculties, and other UNBC departments to ensure its students are given access to the workshops, training, and mentorship that will help them succeed, and quality co-op work term opportunities for them to succeed in!

How does co-op work?

A typical journey through the UNBC Co-op program is reflected in the timeline below. However, keep in mind that UNBC Co-op students can participate in co-op work terms during September and January semesters as well and employer hiring processes may not follow this timeline (e.g., an employer may start looking in October for a May semester student).
Timeline for Students
To graduate with a Co-operative Education designation on their transcript, students are required to:
  • successfully complete a minimum of three co-op work terms prior to graduation (co-op work terms are evaluated on a pass/fail basis and are not for academic credit),
  • end their time at UNBC on an academic semester,
  • participate in select pre-employment workshops and training, and
  • attend an info session and meetings with the co-op office.

Apply for admission into the co-op program

Co-op Application                                                                                                                 Application Form        Informed Consent       Student Terms and Conditions 
Work Terms
If you are a transfer students who is interested in participating in the UNBC Co-op program either as a continuation of your co-op journey from a previous institution or as a new adventure, please contact the UNBC Co-op office.
A typical co-op work term is full-time work for approximately four months, mirroring an academic semester. E.g.,
  • May semester: May – August
  • September semester: September – December
  • January semester: January – April
However, you may find co-op work term opportunities that are, or become, eight months long. Co-op work terms that are eight months long are counted as two co-op work terms.
There is also the possibility to complete a parallel co-op work terms, where you work part-time for eight months while enrolled in a few courses. Please contact the co-op program office for more details regarding parallel co-op work terms.
Co-op Work Term Checklist 
Co-op work term checklist
Registering in a co-op work term
As a UNBC Co-op student, you register in a Co-operative Education (COOP) course through the co-op and registrar's office for each four-month co-op work term you participate in. This course will appear on your transcript, is evaluated on a pass/fail basis and is not for academic credit. For more information on the fee associated with the COOP course, please visit the Fees section.


As a UNBC Co-op student, you pay a tuition fee to enrol in a COOP course, just as you would to enroll in an academic course. The tuition fee is $553.28 per four-month co-op work term you participate in.
However, as a UNBC Co-op student you do not pay for enrolling in the program or participating in the pre-employment workshops and training.
Please contact the co-op office for inquiries regarding self-developed co-op work terms.
The co-op work term tuition fee is non-refundable and is subject to change without notice.

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