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Co-op work/study sequences

A typical study-work sequence

  Fall Winter Spring
First year School School Off
Second year School Co-op School
Third year Co-op School Co-op
Fourth year School Co-op School
Final year Co-op School Graduate in June

Fall = September to December, Winter = January to April, Spring = May to August
School = 4-month school term
Co-op = 4-month co-op work term
Off = You can make your own plans for that term (work, travel, vacation, etc.)

For most programs, co-op starts in second year 

Most students will spend 8 months in school in first year. This is a great chance to get used to university, make friends, and get a solid start in your program. Between May and September, you can work, volunteer, travel – anything you choose.

Some Engineering and Math programs have co-op in first year.

Whenever your first co-op experience is scheduled, you'll start applying to jobs and going for interviews during the school term before your work term so you can start working and gaining experience that will prepare you for your career.

Programs that start co-op at points other than halfway through second year

Faculty of Arts

  • Political Science, Psychology, Sociology: Your first work term is after you finish second year.

Faculty of Environment

  • Planning: Your first work term is after you finish second year.

Faculty of Science

  • Psychology: Your first work term is after you finish second year.
 

Faculty of Engineering

Program Timing of first work term

Architecture

Halfway through second year

Environmental, Geological, Systems Design

Halfway through first year

Biomedical, Civil, Management, Nanotechnology, Software

After you complete first year
Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics Halfway through first year or after you complete first year

Faculty of Mathematics

Program Timing of first work term
  • Computer Science and Math Double Degree programs
  • Computing and Financial Management
  • Mathematical Physics
After you complete first year
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics/Business Administration
  • Mathematics/Financial Analysis and Risk Management

There are 3 schedules.

  • After first year
  • After the first semester of second year
  • After the second semester of second year
  • Mathematics/Teaching
  • Pure Mathematics/ Teaching
After you finish first year OR after the first semester of second year