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Application Process

Applications to the UBC Okanagan Co-op program will be completed through Canvas. The e-application asks students to provide information on their work experience, volunteerism, education background and personal considerations for pursuing co-op.

Applications are accepted each year from September 1–30.

The e-application consists of three sections that students are required to complete in order to be considered for entry into the Co-op program.

  • Part 1: Personal information and academic history
  • Part 2: Experience and short answer questions
  • Part 3: One-way video interview

Students in Engineering need to apply though the UBC Applied Science Co-op Program

Am I eligible for co-op?

The Interdisciplinary Co-op Education program is available to undergraduate students studying the following disciplines:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Human Kinetics / Health and Exercise Sciences
  • Bachelor of Management
  • Bachelor of Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Science

Interested students must

  • have third-year standing
  • be enrolled in full-time studies and
  • have a cumulative academic average of 70 percent in order to qualify*

* We encourage applicants with GPAs below 70% to still apply, as applications are assessed on multiple factors including communications, teamwork, maturity and demonstrated career motivation. 

How will my application be evaluated?

The Interdisciplinary Co-op Education Program sees a significant number of applications every year, making the admission process competitive.

  • Lisvet Parra MontasAcademic standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 70%)
    • We still encourage applicants with GPAs below this to apply as applications are assessed on multiple additional factors.
  • Have a minimum of 21 academic credits remaining after the academic year in which they are applying
  • Dedication to self-development and the ability to take a leadership role
  • Open-mindedness and willingness to step outside of their comfort zone
  • Developed communication, interpersonal, organization and teamwork skills
  • Maturity and career motivation
  • Able to pursue co-op opportunities regardless of geographical location
  • Commitment to completing 3 work terms, or 12 months of co-op work experience prior to graduation

Students admitted to the program will compete for work opportunities, just like they would during a “real world” job search.

Therefore, we strive to admit well-rounded students who would be strong ambassadors for the program and campus. A student’s application should reflect this, with a strong focus on professionalism in content and format.

How much does co-op cost?

A one-time non-refundable UBC Co-op administration and workshop fee of $272.00* is required upon acceptance into the program. Indigenous students may be eligible for a fee waiver.

Each co-op work experience term is an approved UBC course (COOP) with an associated course tuition fee of $838.00*.

For more information on co-op fees, please refer to UBC’s Academic Calendar.

* Tuition fees posted are for the 2023-24 academic year. UBC fees are reviewed annually by the Board of Governors. The UBC Academic Calendar will be deferred to for any discrepancies.

What are the important deadlines for co-op?

Applications to the Co-op Education program are open between September 1–30.

The work term tuition fees are due at the beginning of each four-month work term.

Positions for 8 or 12-month durations will be assessed a course fee for each four-month duration.

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