Regular system of study

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In many Waterloo programs, you can choose between co-op and the regular system of study. In the regular system of study, you'll be in school between September and April each year and have your summers off.

Whether you're in co-op or regular, you'll learn from top professors and develop valuable skills for your career.

Benefits of regular

Focus on school for eight months

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

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.

Freedom to plan your summers

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


Find your ideal career

Career advisors can help you explore possible careers or further education. Hone your interview skills and résumé writing through practical workshops.

Career preparation certificate

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


Study abroad

Satisfy your wanderlust and your degree requirements through 100+ exchange and study-abroad opportunities.


When are you in school?

Year September - December January to April May to August
First year Study Study Off
Second year Study Study Off
Third year Study Study Off
Fourth year Study Study Graduation!

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