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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. 

In the spring term, you can make your plans. Some Engineering and Math programs have co-op in first year.  

You'll then come back to school in the fall and start the co-op process of applying to jobs, going for interviews, working, and gaining paid 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