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Experience: Co-op or regular

As a Kinesiology student at the University of Waterloo, you have two great ways to study - co-op or regular. Regardless of which path you choose, you’ll take the same academic courses, learn in state-of-the-art facilities, and have the support of friendly, helpful staff.

To figure out which route is right for you, consider the following:

Co-op

  • After first year, alternate between 4-month work terms, and 4-month study terms
  • Gain almost two years of work experience. View a list of sample jobs.
  • Network with employers and build valuable contacts.
  • Earn money that can help you pay for your education. View the average salary range for students in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.
  • Develop essential skills through our Professional Development Program (WatPD).

How to apply

When you submit your application to the Kinesiology program, you must indicate whether you would like to be considered for co-op. If you're interested in co-op, click the "Co-op - Yes" circle on the application form. If you're not granted a space in co-op you will be automatically considered for the regular program.

Co-op work/study 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 Co-op
Final year School 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.)

Regular

  • Have your summers off to pursue jobs and other pursuits that are particular to your interests
  • Have consistency in your studies, social life and living arrangements
  • Graduate in 4 years, versus 5 years in co-op
  • Be career ready when you graduate with the EDGE certificate program

How to apply

When you submit your application to the Kinesiology program, if you're interested in the regular stream click the "Co-op - No" circle on the application form.

Regular study sequence

  Fall Winter Spring
First year School School Off
Second year School School Off
Third year School School Off
Fourth year School School Graduate in June

Fall = September to December, Winter = January to April, Spring = May to August
School = 4-month school term
Off = You can make your own plans for that term (work, travel, vacation, etc.)