COVID-19 work terms

Reduced work terms

For students unemployed during the Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, or Spring 2021 work term, the University is reducing the minimum number of required work terms in a co-op program by one. Arts students who are unemployed in any of these specific terms will require completion of three standard work terms to graduate with the co-op designation. Reduced number of work terms is not cumulative. 

Reduced professional development and work term report requirements

For students unemployed during the Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, or Spring 2021 work term, the Faculty of Arts is reducing the required number of professional development (PD) courses and work term reports each by one. Reduced number of PD courses and work term reports is not cumulative.

If you are unemployed in Winter 2021 and wish to drop a PD course from your schedule, please ensure that you drop the course in Quest by January 29th (last day to drop before receiving a WD grade)

Co-op requirements

To be eligible to receive a co-op designation at the time of graduation, students in the Faculty of Arts, with the exception of GBDA, who are unemployed during the Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, or Spring 2021 work term must successfully complete:

  • A minimum of three professional development (PD) courses: PD1, PD12, and one additional PD course of the student’s choice
  • A minimum of three work reports
  • A minimum of three work terms

Students who are employed during the Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, or Spring 2021 terms do not have a reduction to their co-op requirements, and are required to complete a minimum of four PD courses, four work term reports, and four work terms.

Note: GBDA students are not eligible for work term, work report, or professional development (PD) course reductions.

Course enrolment

Winter 2021 

Students who are unemployed during the Winter 2021 work term may be able to enrol in up to 5 academic courses (2.5 units) for the term. 

  • Unemployed co-op students with a Winter 2021 work term will be able to register in up to 5 academic courses (2.5 units) beginning December 9th, 2020. Enrolment is subject to course availability.
  • If you find a job by March 8th, 2021, you will only be allowed to remain in up to 2 academic courses (1.0 units) and will be prompted to drop any additional courses at that time. 

Spring 2021

Students who are unemployed during the Spring 2021 work term may be able to enrol in up to 3 academic courses (1.5 units) for the term. 

  • Unemployed co-op students with a Winter 2021 work term will be able to register in up to 3 academic courses (1.5 units) beginning May 4th, 2021. Enrolment is subject to course availability.
  • If you find a job by July 12th, 2021, you will only be allowed to remain in up to 2 academic courses (1.0 units) and will be prompted to drop any additional courses at that time. 

Taking full-time classes during a scheduled work term may put you ahead with your academic requirements. Co-op students are required to finish their degree requirements during a full-time academic study term, and not a work term. Please be mindful of your various course requirements, co-op sequence, and the estimated timeline of your degree completion to ensure you are not ending on a work term.

GBDA students: Please reach out to your program coordinator for details about your specific situation.

Questions

Be sure to connect with your academic advisor and take time to review the details Co-operative Education has posted about the flexible pathways for the following terms: