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. Focus on your courses and get involved with student clubs or sports teams.

An EDGE for your career

Identify and showcase your marketable skills through workshops and experiential courses as part of the EDGE certificate program (available only to regular stream students).


A quicker path to graduation

Finish your degree in four years, instead of five years 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 year or if you plan to travel or volunteer between May and August, the regular system may be for you.


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 other professional programs. You can also hone your interview skills and résumé writing through practical workshops.


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