Co-op eligibility and requirements

The UBC Sauder Co-op Program considers BCom students going into their second and third year of studies in September who are passionate about gaining career experience before graduation.

What do you need to be eligible?

Students can apply in September of their second or third year of studies at UBC Sauder:

  • You must have a minimum of 27 credits remaining as of May (the following year)
    • If you have any questions about your remaining credits, we suggest you speak to an Academic Advisor at the UGO
  • You must be a full-time student during every academic term
  • You must commit to completing 3 work terms, one of which must be either in the fall or winter terms, and understand that participating in Co-op will most likely delay your graduation by 1 year. If you are not committed to complete the requirements, please do not apply
  • You must have achieved a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 72%

*Calculate the average grade for all the post-secondary courses you have completed to date.

Meeting the above requirements does not mean you will be automatically accepted into the Co-op Program. There is also a competitive application process that you can read about here.

Work permits

If you’re an international student and are interested in participating in the Co-op Program, the Co-op Office (in the Business Career Centre) will help you obtain a Co-op work permit once you’re accepted into the program. This will allow you to work full-time, off campus at any time of the year. For more information, please visit the UBC International Student Advising website.

Program costs

Co-op fees help to cover the operations of the UBC Sauder Co-op Program including salaries, administration, business development, and individual coaching. As well, some of these fees go toward recruiting Co-op employers, providing networking opportunities, scheduling job interviews, and facilitating on-site visits in the workplace. They are payable in installments as follows:

  • 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. These workshops, held in the Fall and Winter Terms, prepare you for the job search process, help you transition into the workplace, and are a requirement for all Co-op Programs as defined by the Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada).
  • Course tuition fee for each Co-op work term that can be found here, payable to UBC. For each Co-op work term you will be registered in a course (e.g. Comm 380 - WORKTERM I)

*Please note these fees are subject to change as per UBC tuition guidelines.


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