FAQs & Support
The UBC Sauder Co-op Office
When you join the Co-op Program you’ll get lots of support and advice to guide you through it. The Co-op team at the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre (BCC) works with other members of the BCC to provide you with skills, guidance and experiences to develop your career.
We will help you prepare for the Co-op job search, give you access to Co-op job postings, and provide personalized coaches to help you find Co-op work terms. We’ll also work with you during your work term to make sure that you and your employer are getting the most out of the experience.
To compare the Co-op program to services offered at the BCC, we like to think about how you can get in shape by working out and going to the gym yourself or you can obtain a personal trainer to help guide you through the process. Similar to a personal trainer, as a part of the UBC Sauder Co-op Program, you have a specific Co-op Manager who you can turn to throughout your career exploration journey to help you get in "shape" for your career.
Co-op education allows students to combine academic study with business experience by alternating paid work terms with classroom learning. Co-op Students graduate with at least 12 months of relevant experience. As a UBC Co-op graduate, you will be well prepared, academically and professionally, for your future career.
No. As a Co-op student, you are responsible for your own job search in order to find employment during your time in the Co-op Program. You will be able to apply for Co-op positions posted through COOL, our online job portal. The Co-op team and Business Career Centre work with local, national and international employers to post challenging, career-related positions for Co-op students. You will also be supported by the Co-op team during your search.
- Get relevant work experience and develop professional development skills that you can use to launch your career after graduation
- Explore various career parths by working in different roles and workplaces
- Develop confidence to enter the workplace after graduation
- Access Co-op Managers to help guide you throughout your Co-op journey through personalized 1:1 coaching and advising appointments
- Access peer support, including the sharing of knowledge and opportunities, from your fellow Co-op students within the greater UBC Sauder Co-op Community
Learn more here.
- One-time workshop and administration fee that can be found here, payable upon acceptance into the UBC Sauder Co-op Program. This fee also covers mandatory pre-employment training workshops
- Course tuition fee for each Co-op work term (ex. COMM 380 - WORK TERM 1) that can be found here, payable to UBC
*Please note these fees are subject to change as per UBC tuition guidelines.
Please visit here for Co-op eligibility and requirements.
- A job posting will be posted on COOL in August. Students who meet the requirements are welcome to apply online by submitting a Co-op application form and resume by mid September at 11:59 pm.
- Please visit here for more information on the application process.
The Co-op team will be evaluating you based on three different perspectives to see if you are a good fit for the program:
- Co-op Program: Are you responsive to various forms of communication sent by the Co-op team?
- Students: Are you willing to help your peers and be a part of the Co-op community?
Employer: Do you have transferrable work or volunteer exeriences to showcase your employability?
Successful completion of the Co-op Program requires completing a minimum of three 4-month work terms. This can be a combination of 4 and 8-month work terms, with the same or different employers.
- Students on a Co-op work term are registered into a Co-op course in order to maintain full-time status. However, Co-op courses are non-academic credits that do not count towards graduation. A Co-op work term does not replace or add academic course credits for that term.
- Co-op courses are pass/fail only. You must complete all work-term deliverables on time in order to pass the course. This includes completing a site visit with your Co-op Manager, submitting a Work Term Report, and having your supervisor complete an employer evaluation.
- You are responsible for determining your work/academic plan with these general guidelines in mind:
- You must complete a minimum of three work terms and a maximum of 5 work terms.
- You must complete your first work term within 1 year of being accepted into the Co-op Program.
- At least one work term will be completed in either the fall or winter terms.
- Your schedule will not have more than two back-to-back four-month work terms.
- Your schedule will end on a study term.
- You must complete your degree requirements within six years
- Each student’s work-study schedule is unique. Please consult with the Co-op Office for advice and guidance on planning your schedule, especially if you are planning to go on exchange.
- Suggested rotations of work and study terms:
|If you are currently a BCom Year 2 student|
|Fall (Sep-Dec)||Winter (Jan-Apr)||Summer (May-Aug)|
|Year 4||Study||Study||Work (Optional)|
|If you are currently a BCom Year 3 student|
|Fall (Sep-Dec)||Winter (Jan-Apr)||Summer (May-Aug)|
No, unfortunately, only positions that run for a minimum of 12 weeks (or 420 hours total) can count for Co-op.
For details about student loans or your scholarship status while in the Co-op Program, see Special circumstances for students receiving awards. Please note that you must declare your earnings to Canada Revenue Agency while on a co-op work term.
Please review the “Work Permits” section here.
No, you can only apply to the UBC Sauder Co-op Program during the intake period which occurs once a year in September. If you miss the intake period and if you are eligible, you can apply the following September. No exceptions will be made.
Did you know?
The Business Co-op Program works closely with the BCC’s dedicated Business Development Team, who is responsible for connecting with employers, educating the business community about UBC Sauder and its students, and securing job postings for COOL.