I am a regular student. How can I switch into co-op?
If you are in your 1B term (having a minimum of four units and no more than six units) you may apply to switch to the co-op program. Students admitted to the Faculty of Mathematics with a substantial number of transfer credits may not be able to switch into co-op because they are too far advanced in their plan.
Information sessions to apply to co-op are held at the beginning of the third month of each term. Application forms are available at this session and are due on or before the last day of classes.
I want to quit co-op. How do I do that?
If you are thinking of leaving the co-op program, then (providing you are in a plan that allows both co-op and regular systems of study) you can switch to regular by submitting a Plan Modification Form. Contact a co-op advisor with your request, as well as your rationale for wishing to leave co-op. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to speak to the Associate Dean, Co-operative Education for final approval.
Can I take courses during my co-op work term?
Outside of Professional Development (PD) courses, you may take up to one course during a work term without permission. To take two or more courses, you must first obtain permission from your employer and then forward that written permission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you send it from your Waterloo email account and include your student ID number.
How do I change my co-op sequence?
You may need to change sequences if certain required courses are only available in certain terms, or if your employer requests an extended co-op term, or for some other extenuating circumstances.
Not finding employment is not a valid reason for a sequence change.
*If you are a Computer Science major, then you do not need your CS advisor to sign the sequence form. You can bring your completed form to a Math co-op advisor for final approval.
What are the sequence change deadlines?
Sequence changes are not intended to facilitate additional opportunities to participate in the co-operative education’s facilitated interview process.
Should you request a sequence change during term X when you have a work term scheduled during term X+1 then, assuming your request is to change term X+1, you will be restricted from using WaterlooWorks during your next job search.
Specifically, suppose during term X we are at academic week N. Performing a sequence change at this point would restrict access to WaterlooWorks for the first N academic weeks during your next job search.
Note: students need to inform a math co-op advisor to have the restriction lifted when the time comes.
If you have sufficient remaining work terms then you could possibly elect to forfeit your upcoming work term (i.e. term X+1) and convert it to a school term. This would incur no restrictions on WaterlooWorks access, though you would of course be down one work term. This may or may not be possible depending on your program and your past work history. Consult with a math co-op advisor for further clarification.