Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2006/2007
Canadian Excellence

Co-operative Education Option

Programs 

  • Honours Business Administration/Honours BA Economics
  • Honours Business Administration and Computer Science or Computing and Computer Electronics 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

The Co-op Option provides an opportunity for participants to integrate their academic studies with work experience in co-operating organizations.

Students in the Business and Math double degree program 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 Business Administration and Honours BA Economics co-op students 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 Honours BBA and HCCE double degree program and the Honours BBA (WLU) and Honours BMath (UW) double degree program accumulate 12 to 16 months of practical work experience through three to four work terms of four months each, and graduate within a four and two-thirds to five year time period.

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

The development of suitable work-term employment for co-op students is under the direction of the Department of Co-operative Education. Students apply to employers with whom they are interested in working. Employers are encouraged to conduct interviews on campus. Students prepare for the job search by attending workshops and individual counselling sessions.

Although employment cannot be guaranteed, every effort is made to ensure that suitable employment is available for students admitted to the option. Co-op staff evaluate each position to determine whether it is a suitable learning position, and students engage in productive work. Their progress is monitored by the Co-op Office and their performance is supervised and evaluated by their employers. Students are compensated by their employer for work performed.

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.

A co-op fee is payable in each academic term of Year 2 and Year 3. Students enrolled in the Business and Computing double degree program 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 opt out and obtain a refund.

The total fee for students enrolled in Year 2 of the Business and Math double degree program is assessed in the fall term. In Year 3 and Year 4, a co-op fee is charged each academic term according to the work study sequence selected by the student.

Application Procedure

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

Honours Business Administration/Honours BA Economics

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

  1. completion of an application form and submission of a résumé,
  2. full-time registration in Honours Business Administration or Honours BA Economics,
  3. 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, interview performance, recent work experience, recent volunteer service to their community, and extracurricular activities at university and in senior high school. 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 is a limit on the number of spaces available to international students.

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

Beginning in Year 2, students enrolled in the Business and Math double degree program 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, and students are required to attend workshops during orientation week in Year 2.

Students who withdraw from a double degree program and register in an alternative honours program may not continue in co-op unless they are successful in the competitive co-op admission process as outlined in the applicable Co-operative Education section of the calendar.

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

 
Honours BBA and BSc

Enrolment in the Co-op Option in the Computing and Business 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 submitting a co-op enrolment form by the second Monday of August following Year 1.

Students who withdraw from a double degree program and register in an alternative honours program may not continue in co-op unless they are successful in the competitive co-op admission process as outlined in the applicable Co-operative Education section of the calendar.

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

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