At Waterloo, co-op students alternate study terms with co-op work terms and graduate with relevant, paid work experience. This means learning how to navigate the hiring process, applying your skills to real-life problems and learning about yourself along the way.

In Arts, co-op is available in Spanish through Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business.

At uWaterloo Spanish, we strongly encourage students to explore their interests through the co-op program. As a result of finding placements in various work-environments, many co-ops learn to identify their work-style preferences and can distinguish, upon graduation, exactly the type of job that will best meet their interests and needs. Students also acquire skills and contacts that can only be gained through practical, hands-on work experience.  In addition, many prefer the co-op program because it helps to finance their education.

Co-op eligibility

Co-op is only available to students in Honours academic plans.

  • Honours Spanish students require a minimum 70% major average
  • Honours Arts and Business, Honours Spanish students require a minimum 70% major average and a minimum 70% average in their Honours Arts and Business courses.

As an Arts student, in most cases you will be assessed for co-op eligibiltiy when you declare your major.

If you are eligible, you will be admitted to co-op prior to starting your second year Fall term (academic level 2A). Learn more about Arts co-op eligibility and speak with Dr. Mario Boido if you have any questions.

Co-op Sequence

You will have five work term opportunities in your sequence and you need to complete a minimum of four work terms. The sequence you follow is determined by when you start your studies and your academic plan(s). For example, students in Honours Arts and Business follow a different sequence than students in Honours Arts.

Learn more about which sequence you follow as a Spanish major.

If you are requesting a sequence change, please see:

Co-op fees

Co-op at Waterloo is predominantly funded by a student-paid co-op fee. Similar to tuition, this fee is associated with being enrolled in a co-op program and is paid in instalments throughout your time at Waterloo. To learn more about these fees and what they cover, visit the Co-operative Education’s fee page.

Professional Development (PD) courses

Co-op students in Arts must successfully complete four Professional Development (PD) courses. These courses help you increase your employability and assist you with seeing connections between workplace experience and what you learn in the classroom.

Co-op supports

As a co-op student, you will have a team of support. Learn how to connect with your team.

All students (co-op and regular streams) have access to Centre for Career Action resources and supports at any point during their time at Waterloo.

Co-op student jobs

In the past, Spanish and Latin American Studies students have found such placements as:

  • Systems Design Analysts
  • Marketing Assistants
  • Export Assistants
  • Information Technology Assistants
  • Communications Assistants
  • Film Festival Coordinators
  • Business Analysts
  • Communications Officers
  • Student Engagement Liaison
  • Tournament Operations

Students have enjoyed working with a wide array of companies, including:

  • dB Noise Reduction Inc
  • The Esperanza Project
  •  Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
  •  D2L
  •  Golf Canada
  •  Rank My Agent

For more information on the University of Waterloo’s Co-operative Education program, visit Co-operative Education.

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