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Co-op work/study sequences

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As a co-op student, you'll either be in school full time or in a full-time job relating to your program.

In the school term before your first co-op term, you'll take a professional development course about Waterloo's co-op process. You'll gain valuable tips for success and start applying to jobs and going to interviews with employers while finishing your school term.

After that, you'll typically alternate every 4 months between school and work terms. However, there are many variations of co-op work/study sequences. 

Example 1: Co-op starts in first year

Engineering and some Math students will have co-op work terms in January or May of first year.

  September to December (fall) January to April (winter) May to August (spring)
First year School School Work term
Second year School Work term School
Third year Work term School Work term
Fourth year School Work term School
Final year Work term School  

School = 4-month school term, Work term = 4-month co-op work term

Example 2: Co-op starts in second year

Your first work term is halfway through or at the end of second year.

  September to December (fall) January to April (winter) May to August (spring)
First year School School Off
Second year School Work term School
Third year Work term School Work term
Fourth year School Work term School
Final year Work term School  

School = 4-month school term, Work term = 4-month co-op work term
Off = Make your own plans (work, travel, vacation, etc.)

When will your first work term be?

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