Regular system of study

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In the regular system of study, you'll be in school between September and April each year and have your summers off. You'll benefit from hands-on courses and labs, learn from top professors, and develop valuable skills for your career.

Study for eight months each year

Instead of moving between school and work every four months for co-op, you'll study for eight consecutive months of school in the regular system of study.

Get involved

With eight months of school at a time, you can really focus on your courses and get involved with student clubs, sports teams, volunteer work, research with a professor, or a part-time job.


A quicker path to graduation

Finish your degree in four years, instead of five years as in co-op. This means you can move more quickly into your career or further education.

An EDGE for your career

Develop professional skills, explore career options, and learn to market yourself in the EDGE certificate program offered exclusively to students not in co-op programs.


Get advice for your career

Meet with a career advisor to explore possible careers or further education such as teacher's college, law school, or a master's degree. Hone your interview skills and résumé writing through practical workshops.

Freedom to plan your summers

If you have a job that you return to each year or if you plan to travel or volunteer between May and August, the regular system may be for you.


In many Waterloo programs, you can choose between co-op and the regular system of study.