WHAT IS CO-OP?
Co-op, short for cooperative education, is a program that balances classroom theory with periods of practical, hands-on experience prior to graduation. Through the co-op program, students are able to alternate academic study with full-time employment, gaining real-life experience in their field of study.
Can international students do CO-OP?
International students who meet the co-op admission requirements for their degree program can do the co-op program.
As an international student, you can apply for a co-op if:
you have a valid study permit
work is required to complete your study program in Canada
you have a letter from your school that confirms all students in your program need to complete work placements to get their degree, and
your co-op placement totals 50% or less of your study program
How do students get their co-op jobs?
The student can search out for a job on their own, however, If you've found a place you'd like to work, the placement service or co-op department at your school may have to determine if the job is suitable for the co-op.
Some schools with co-op programs have departments or services that look for opportunities while others guarantee placement to the student - talk to our educational consultants to know more about it!
How many hours can I work on a co-op work permit?
Your study permit will indicate if you are able to work off-campus. If so, you are allowed to work:
for up to 20 hours per week while your program is in session, and
full-time during scheduled breaks in the academic calendar
Do you get paid in a co-op job?
Yes, university and college students are paid for their work.
Example of a co-op term:
If you are pursuing a degree in marketing, you might be referred to a marketing firm, where you might write posts for social media clients or help to do a marketing plan, or even assist a full-time employee.
At the end of the work term, employers are asked to fill out a form evaluating the performance of the co-op student. This report is handed to the co-op coordinator and it's an important part of the student's grade and evaluation.
Some benefits of co-op :
Earn practical experience in your field of study
Apply classroom theory to real-life work settings
Establish contacts and network with future employers and co-workers
Earn money to help pay for tuition and costs of living.
Would you like to study in Canada and have a co-op experience? Our team of education advisors can assist you with the enrollment process for Canadian education institutions that offer co-op courses. Make sure to contact us if you are interested so we can have you started on the right path.