At Waterloo, co-op students alternate study terms with co-op work terms and graduate with relevant, paid work experience. This means learning how to navigate the hiring process, applying your skills to real-life problems and learning about yourself along the way.

In Arts, co-op is available in Classical Studies/Classics through Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business.

Co-op eligibility

Co-op is only available to students in Honours academic plans.

As an Arts student, in most cases you will be assessed for co-op eligibility when you declare your major.

If you are eligible, you will be admitted to co-op prior to starting your second year Fall term (academic level 2A). Learn more about Arts co-op eligibility and speak with Riemer Faber or Brigitte Schneebeli  if you have any questions.

Co-op sequences

You will have five work term opportunities in your sequence and you need to complete a minimum of four work terms. The sequence you follow is determined by when you start your studies and your academic plan(s). For example, students in Honours Arts and Business follow a different sequence than students in Honours Arts.

Learn more about which sequence you follow as a Classical Studies/Classics major.

If you are requesting a sequence change, please see:

Co-op fees

Co-op at Waterloo is predominantly funded by a student-paid co-op fee. Similar to tuition, this fee is associated with being enrolled in a co-op program and is paid in instalments throughout your time at Waterloo. To learn more about these fees and what they cover, visit the Co-operative Education’s fee page.

Work term reports and Professional Development (PD) courses

Co-op students in Arts must successfully complete four work reports. The first work report, which is to be completed during your first work term, will be satisfied by successful completion of PD12: Reflection and Learning in the Workplace. Learn more about the Arts work term report requirements.

Co-op students in Arts must successfully complete four Professional Development (PD) courses. These courses help you increase your employability and assist you with seeing connections between workplace experience and what you learn in the classroom.

Co-op supports

As a co-op student, you will have a team of support. Learn how to connect with your team.

All students (co-op and regular streams) have access to Centre for Career Action resources and supports at any point during their time at Waterloo.

Co-op student experiences

Lukas Lemcke - English Tutor in the Writing Center at Humber College in Toronto. The position provided help to both native and non-native speakers with written English.

I quite enjoyed the experience for a number of reasons. I think, the preparatory process, such as resume/CV writing and the interview process, are really helpful training for transitioning into work life after uni. This part of coop also familiarizes students with the Career Services and the resources/workshops etc. that they offer, which is always handy. The work term itself was also neat, not only because of the salary, which is more than most part-time jobs would pay, but also because it allowed me to explore one possible obvious career path as a humanities graduate in a language intensive program. If you’re lucky enough to hit your dream job (and even if not), it also allows building a personal network that might help in finding employment after university. I think this is a very important point to make, especially for students in the humanities, for whom this transition is not always easy, especially if they have very limited experiences beyond Classics (which, after all, mostly lends itself to an academic career).