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Co-operative Education

The Sauder Co-operative Education Program is intended to provide interested and qualified students in the Faculty with paid work experience relevant to their future careers. The Co-operative Education program is an optional, year-round program, supplementary to academic programs in the Faculty. A minimum of three work terms must be completed including at least one term in either Term 1 or Term 2 of the Winter Session. Students must end their degree on an academic term.

Students wishing to enrol in the program must apply in September of either second or third year. Academic performance and workplace suitability (as judged by the Sauder Co-operative Education Office) will be the selection criteria used for program admission. Total enrolment is subject to the availability of appropriate work placements. Acceptance into the program does not guarantee work placements. Students admitted to the program must register in the appropriate co-operative education course for each work term, once a suitable work experience is confirmed. Payment of the Co-operative Education program fees is mandatory. This includes a Co-operative Education Program Fee for each work term and a one-time Co-operative Education Program Workshop Fee. See Program and Course Fees.

Students have a site visit with their supervisor and a Sauder Co-op representative near the mid-point of each work term and submit an end-of-term assignment that are requirements of the program.

Each successfully completed co-operative education course is assigned 3 co-op credits on a student’s academic transcript (i.e. COMM_V 380, 381, 480 and 481). In order to graduate in a co-operative education program, a student must complete a minimum of 9 co-op credits in addition to the normal academic requirements to complete a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Participation in the Co-operative Education Program typically necessitates an additional two terms to complete the Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Students transferring to UBC from accredited co-operative programs at other institutions may request admission to the Sauder Co-operative Education Program and, if accepted, may receive co-op credit for one previously completed work term.
For more information, contact the Sauder Co-op Program.

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