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What is Co-op?

Cooperative Education is an optional program for students admitted to the University of Alberta, Bachelor of Commerce Program. Cooperative Education combines learning in the classroom with learning on the job. Students put their academic knowledge into action through periods of relevant full-time work experience lasting 4 or 8 months. Students must complete a total of 12 months of work experience in addition to all the Bachelor of Commerce Degree course work in order to receive their Co-op designation.

Co-op FAQ

The following are common questions asked about the Co-op Program. If, after reading the FAQs you still have questions or are wondering if co-op is right for you, please call, email or come and visit us in person. Current BCom students can also book an appointment with a Prospective Co-op Student Advisor in CareerConnect. We are glad to help you to determine if Co-op is the right choice for your student success.

  • Why should I choose Co-op?

    The benefits of cooperative education are many:

    1. Co-op Graduates consistently show a salary benefit upon graduation of 5-10% over non- co-op graduates.
    2. Co-op Graduates have a 5-10% higher rate of employment upon graduation, when compared to non-Co-op graduates.
    3. Allows students to apply concepts learned in the classroom to a real world experience, thus enhancing academic understanding.
    4. Opportunity to evaluate work sites and career alternatives prior to making a final career or academic major decision.
    5. Provides valuable job search skills and increases a student's networking opportunities.
    6. Approximately 50% of Co-op students receive permanent offers of employment from one of their Co-op employers.
    7. The vast majority of Co-op Students believe their work terms had a significant impact on their Career, Learning and Employment
  • How does the Co-op Program work?

    Students complete a total of 12 months full time work experience through a combination of 4 or 8 month work terms, which generally alternate with school terms. Students on work terms are paid salaries, which are set by their employers. Students are registered in an academic course (WKEXP) in each 4 month work term, which are graded on a pass-fail basis.

    Successful completion of each WKEXP course will require a site visit by a Co-op Coordinator, the completion of a work term report and an evaluation by the student's supervisor.

    Students registered in the Cooperative Education Program are provided with considerable assistance in the location of suitable work placements. The Business Cooperative Education Office develops business related jobs and prepares cooperative education students through the Introduction to Cooperative Education workshops and seminars to conduct an active personal job search. Additionally, all Co-op students have an assigned Co-op Coordinator who provides 1 on 1 support and guidance throughout their time in Co-op.However, the ultimate responsibility for obtaining suitable work term employment rests with the student. The Co-op office does not, and cannot guarantee a placement for all Co-op students.

    All work terms must be approved by the Alberta School of Business and during each 4 month work term students are registered in a Work Experience (WKEXP) course.

  • What fees are associated with Co-op?
    1. Application Fee ($50)
    2. Seminar and Workshop Fee ($150)
    3. Work Experience Fee (see Policies & Procedures Manual for details). This is a tuition fee that applies each time a Co-op student is registered in a WKEXP course.
  • Where do U of A Business Co-op Students work?

    In recent years, Business Co-op placements have been located in:

    1. Greater Edmonton area (82%)
    2. Alberta (excluding Greater Edmonton area) (15%)
    3. Canada (excluding Alberta) (2%)
    4. Outside of Canada (1%)
  • Do you admit International students?

    International students are eligible to apply to Co-op. If admitted, International students are required to apply for a Co-op work permit in September through Immigration Canada before undertaking a work term.

  • How much work is the Co-op job search?

    Co-op students will spend 20-30 hours in initial preparation of their job search skills (cover letter writing, resume preparation, interview skills), before even starting to apply to jobs. Once in a job search, students are expected to monitor job postings daily, apply to upwards of 50 jobs and participate in multiple interviews over a 10-14 week period. Diligence, perseverance, and a broad approach are key characteristics of the successful co-op student. Students often say that the workload during a job search is equivalent to that of an extra course.

  • How can I get more information about the Co-op Program?

    View the Business Co-op Information Session 2020 Presentation. If you have questions, you may contact us either through email at bizcareers@ualberta.ca or by phone at 780-492-2166.

  • Am I eligible to apply?

    All students who have been granted admission into the University of Alberta Bachelor of Commerce program may apply to Co-op.

    Applicants may only be considered for the Co-op program if they have no more than *75ucw completed towards their Bachelor of Commerce Degree by August 31, 2020.

    After-Degree Co-op applicants are only eligible to apply for the Co-op program if they have at least 15 courses (*45ucw) remaining in their program by August 31, 2020.

    Please note that admission to the Co-op program is not based solely on GPA, but grades will be considered along with the other required application materials. Find out today if you are eligible to apply!

    For more information please review the Admission Criteria.
  • How do I apply?

    Applications for the Co-op program are submitted through CareerConnect: To log in, use your existing University of Alberta CCID and password. Students newly admitted to Business will be able to access the CareerConnect site one business day after changing their program code to Business in BearTracks. The Co-op application process has 2 steps:

    1. Submit $50 application fee through the Online Store in CareerConnect.
    2. Complete the Co-op Application Form and upload all post secondary transcripts. Additional information and more detailed instructions are included in the Application Instructions in CareerConnect.

    The first 150 applicants who meet the admission criteria will be admitted into the Co-op program. For more information please review the Admission Criteria.

    Note: Please note that effective March 25, 2020 the Co-op program guaranteed admission quota for Finance majors has been filled. The remaining spaces available in the Co-op Program for Finance majors will be filled on a case by case basis. Guaranteed admission spaces are still available in the Co-op program for all other majors.

Apply to Co-op

All students who have been granted admission into the University of Alberta Bachelor of Commerce program may apply to Co-op.

Applicants may only be considered for the Co-op program if they have no more than *75ucw completed towards their Bachelor of Commerce Degree by August 31, 2020.

After-Degree Co-op applicants are only eligible to apply for the Co-op program if they have at least 15 courses (*45ucw) remaining in their program by August 31, 2020.

Please note that admission to the Co-op program is not based solely on GPA, but grades will be considered along with the other required application materials. Find out today if you are eligible to apply!

*IMPORTANT UPDATE DUE TO COVID-19 SITUATION*

The University of Alberta, and many other schools, have adopted a credit/non-credit grading system for Winter 2020, in response to changes resulting from the COVID pandemic. As a result, the following adjustments to the admission criteria will apply to Fall 2020 Co-op applicants who do not have letter grades available for the Winter 2020 term:

- The grades used to calculate an applicant's GPA will be taken from the most recently completed two terms of academic study for which grades are available. For most students, this will include Winter 2019 and Fall 2019.

- Students who do not have grades for two terms of full-time academic study will be considered on a case by case basis. This includes students who are currently completing their first year of post-secondary study.

- Accounting and finance majors who are taking ACC 311 in Winter 2020 and receive a grade of CR will have their application assessed on a case by case basis.

- Students who experience a reduction in their work hours due to COVID related business closures, or the requirement to self-isolate, will also be assessed on a case by case basis.

When students are assessed on a case by case basis, equivalencies will be considered so students are encouraged to include additional information in their application, such as pre-2018 work experience and substantial volunteer experiences (only include if you volunteered at least 50 hours with the organization).

We endeavor to ensure that no Co-op applicant will be disadvantaged due to the above circumstances. Students who applied to the Co-op program prior to March 25 will be contacted directly about the status of their application in early April. If you have questions about your particular situation please contact us at bizcareers@ualberta.ca

  • Application Process

    The first 150 eligible applicants who meet the admission criteria will be admitted to the Co-op program. For more information please review the Admission Criteria.

    Note: Please note that effective March 25, 2020 the Co-op program guaranteed admission quota for Finance majors has been filled. The remaining spaces available in the Co-op Program for Finance majors will be filled on a case by case basis. Guaranteed admission spaces are still available in the Co-op program for all other majors.

  • Application Instructions

    Applications for the Co-op program are submitted through CareerConnect: To log in, use your existing University of Alberta CCID and password. Students newly admitted to Business will be able to access the CareerConnect site one business day after changing their program code to Business in BearTracks. The Co-op application process has 2 steps:

    1. Submit $50 application fee through the Online Store in CareerConnect.
    2. Complete the Co-op Application Form and upload all post secondary transcripts. Additional information and more detailed instructions are included in the Application Instructions in CareerConnect.
  • Deadlines

    Applications for the Fall 2020 Co-op Program will be accepted beginning February 18, 2020 at 9 AM. Deadline for Fall 2020 Applications: Until the quota is filled or July 31, 2020 at 12 PM (noon), whichever occurs first.

    Note: Please note that effective March 25, 2020 the Co-op Program guaranteed admission quota for Finance majors has been filled. The remaining spaces available in the Co-op program for Finance majors will be filled on a case by case basis. Guaranteed admission spaces are still available in the Co-op program for all other majors.

  • What Happens After Applying
    1. Students may view their application status through the Cooperative Education section of CareerConnect.
    2. Students will receive an email once their application status has been changed.
    3. Students who accept an offer of admission to the Co-op program are required to sign and submit the Release Form and Student Agreement and Confirmation of Acceptance. International Students also must complete and return the International Student Addendum. More specific information on the Co-op Acceptance process will be included in the Offer of Admission to Co-op email.