Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2013/2014
Canadian Excellence

Co-operative Education Option

Programs

  • Honours Business Administration/Honours BA Economics
  • Honours BBA and BSc Computer Science, or BSc Computing & Computer Electronics or BA Financial Mathematics Double Degree
  • Honours BBA (WLU) and Honours Bachelor of Computer Science (UW) Double Degree
  • Honours BBA (WLU) and Honours BMath (UW) Double Degree

[Co-op is not available to students in the Honours BA Applied Economics program

Associate Director:  Co-operative Education: Karen McCargar, BA, ext. 4105

"Co-operative education," a form of work-integrated learning, is a model of education that integrates and alternates a student's academic learning with workplace learning in fields relevant to the student's academic and personal goals.

Both work and academic terms are full-time and follow a formalized sequence. The time spent in the workplace comprises at least 30% of the time spent in academic study. Co-op work terms are approximately the length of each study term. Students are exposed to the work environment during more than one season of the year and their co-op programs begin and end on an academic term.

Students in the Business Administration and Mathematics (University of Waterloo), and Business Administration and Computer Science (University of Waterloo) double degree programs begin their first four-month work term in the winter term of Year 2. Co-op students in other programs begin their alternating sequence of work and study terms at the end of Year 2. Honours BA Economics students and most Business Administration students begin their alternating sequence of work and study terms at the end of Year 2. Some Business Administration students, however, complete their first work term in the fall after five academic terms. Students in Honours Business Administration and Honours BA Economics , and the double degree program in Business and Financial Mathematics accumulate 12 months of practical work experience through three work terms of four months each, and graduate four months after students in the regular sequence. Co-op students in the double degree programs in Honours Business Administration and Computing & Computer Electronics, Business Administration and Mathematics (University of Waterloo) and Business Administration and Computer Science (University of Waterloo) accumulate 12 to 16 months of practical work experience through three to four work terms of four months each, and graduate within four and two-thirds to five years.

Co-op students follow the same academic program as regular students. Because of the alternating pattern of work and study terms, there may be some differences in the scheduling of individual courses.

Students prepare for the job search by attending workshops and individual counselling sessions.

Each work term is developed in collaboration with the employer and approved by the Department of Co-operative Education as a suitable learning environment that will engage the student in productive work. Students apply to employers with whom they are interested in working. Employers are encouraged to interview on campus. Although employment cannot be guaranteed, every effort is made to ensure that suitable employment is available for students admitted to the option.

The student's performance in the workplace is supervised and evaluated by the student’s employer. Co-op staff members monitor each student's progress during the work term. The co-op curriculum supports student learning goals, personal evaluation and reflection; students are required to set goals each term and write work term reports. Students are compensated by their employer for work performed.

A co-op fee is payable in each academic term of Year 2 and Year 3. Students enrolled in the Business Administration and Computing and Computer Electronics double degree program at Laurier are charged one additional fee in the academic term of Year 4 that precedes the final work term. Students not pursuing a fourth work term may apply for a refund.

Students in the Business Administration and Mathematics (University of Waterloo) and Business Administration and Computer Science (University of Waterloo) double degree program pay the entire co-op fee for Year 2 in the fall term. In Year 3 and Year 4, they pay a co-op fee each academic term, according to the sequence  of work and study that they have chosen.

To obtain the co-op designation, students must complete all the requirements of both their academic program and the co-op option. Students completing the option will have the notation "Co-operative Option" appended to their transcript and noted on their degree. No academic credit is given for participation in co-op.

Application Procedure

The only entry point for co-op is at the beginning of second year. Students who are removed from their academic program are not eligible to continue in co-op, even if they are later reinstated into that program. Exemption: Double degree students who have completed at least one work term may transfer to a single degree program if their overall first-year GPA met the minimum set by the Co-op Office that year and they received an overall evaluation of at least "Satisfactory" from their co-op employer and they met the academic requirements for both degree programs.

Students on study permits may apply to and be admitted into co-op programs at Laurier. Note, however, that there may be a limit on the number of spaces available to international students.

Honours Business Administration/Honours BA Economics

Students apply online to co-op by Monday of the second week of classes in Year 2. Enrolment in co-op is limited, and the admission process is highly competitive.
Application procedure includes:

  1. completion of an online application,
  2. full-time registration in Honours Business Administration or Honours BA Economics,
  3. submission of a résumé,
  4. an admission interview.

In order to qualify for an admission interview in the fall of Year 2, applicants' Year 1 marks must meet the minimum GPA set annually by the Co-op Office. Selection of candidates is based on their academic record, performance during the interview, recent work experience, and recent volunteer service and extracurricular activities. Admission decisions are made in mid-October. Students on study permits may apply to and be admitted into co-op programs at Laurier. Note, however, that there may be a limit on the number of spaces available to international students.

 
Honours BBA (WLU) and Honours BMath (UW) and Honours BBA (WLU) and Honours Computer Science (UW) Double Degree Programs

Beginning in Year 2, students enrolled in the Business Administration (Laurier) and Mathematics (University of Waterloo) and Business Administration (Laurier) and Computer Science (University of Waterloo) double degree programs are required to participate in co-op. An information session explaining the co-op program will be held in the winter term of Year 1. Students enrol online by the Friday before Labour day and are required to attend workshops held on the Friday of orientation week in Year 2.

Students who withdraw or are removed from these double degree programs before their first work term and who register in an alternative honours program at Laurier may not continue in co-op unless they are successful in the competitive co-op admission process at the beginning of second year, as outlined in the applicable Co-operative Education section of the calendar. Double degree students in the above programs who have completed at least one work term and who transfer to a single degree program may continue in co-op if their overall first-year GPA met the minimum set by the Co-op Office that year.

Students on study permits may apply to and be admitted into co-op programs at Laurier. Note, however, that there may be a limit on the number of spaces available to international students.

 
Honours BBA and BSc in Computing & Computer Electronics and BBA and BSc in Computer Science

Enrolment in the Co-op Option in the Computing & Computer Electronics and BBA and Computer Science double degree programs is optional. An information session explaining the co-op program will be held in winter term of Year 1. Students indicate their intention to participate in the Co-op Option by enrolling online by the second Monday of classes in Year 2.

Students who withdraw or are removed from these double degree programs before their first work term and who register in an alternative honours program at Laurier may not continue in co-op unless they are successful in the competitive co-op admission process at the beginning of second year, as outlined in the applicable Co-operative Education section of the calendar. Students who have completed at least one work term with a satisfactory ranking from their employer and who transfer to a single degree program may continue in co-op if their overall first-year GPA met the minimum set by the Co-op Office that year.

Students on study permits may apply to and be admitted into co-op programs at Laurier. Note, however, that there may be a limit on the number of spaces available to international students.

 
Honours BBA and BA in Financial Mathematics

Enrolment in the Co-op Option in the BBA and BA Financial Mathematics double degree program is optional. An information session explaining the co-op program will be held in winter term of Year 1. Students indicate their intention to participate in the Co-op Option by enrolling online by the second Monday of classes in Year 2.

The only entry point for co-op is at the beginning of second year. Students who are removed from their academic program are not eligible to continue in co-op, even if they are later reinstated into that program. Exemption: Double degree students who have completed at least one work term may transfer to a single degree program if their overall first-year GPA met the minimum set by the Co-op Office that year and they received an overall evaluation of at least "Satisfactory" from their co-op employer and they met the academic requirements for both degree programs.

 

For further information, contact:
Department of Co-operative Education
Wilfrid Laurier University
192 King Street North
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5
Telephone: (519) 884-0710, ext. 4484