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The University of Ottawa introduced its first CO-OP program in 1980. After more than twenty-five years, we now have the second-largest university CO-OP program in Ontario, fourth-largest university CO-OP program in Canada, and boast a very high placement rate!

CO-OP: Working towards your future

CO-OP lets you build on your classroom learning through paid work terms directly related to your field of study. CO-OP helps you obtain valuable hands-on experience in your field while you complete your degree. At the University of Ottawa, you can get a head start on your career and learn more about the field you've chosen.

Build your future with us!

  • Learn about resumé building, job-search techniques, and interview skills through group and individual training and coaching.
  • Work for a wide range of companies and employers in a number of fields in your discipline.
  • Make contacts in your field so you have an advantage when looking for a full-time job after graduation.
  • Take a break from studying and get real-world experience in the workplace.

Becoming a CO-OP Student: What you need to know

  • At the University of Ottawa, co-operative education programs are optional.
  • Admission is competitive, and students are selected according to academic achievement. The better your marks, the better your chances of being admitted!
  • The number of students admitted each year is determined by job availability.
  • To be admitted, you must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or an international student (authorization or diplomat).
  • Once admitted, you must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average.

Two easy ways to apply

1 - Reserved placement

When applying for regular admission to the University, you can also apply for direct admission to any CO-OP program except Biomedical Science, Translation and graduate-level programs. The average mark required to be eligible for direct admission into CO-OP is

  • 80% or higher for students admitted in first year.
  • 75% or higher for applicants who have completed at least two years of CEGEP.

To keep your reserved placement in CO-OP, you must obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least 8.0 and meet the admission requirements of your chosen CO-OP program until you are formally admitted into the Program (September 30 or March 1 of your second year of studies, depending on the program). Otherwise, you will lose your reserved spot in CO-OP and have to compete with regular applicants for admission.

If you apply for direct admission and are not granted a placement, don't worry. You can re-apply during your second year at University (see section 2 below).

2 - Applying once at the University of Ottawa

You can apply for CO-OP after you have registered at the University of Ottawa. Application deadlines and admission requirements vary from program to program, so be sure to check individual program pages online for specific information.

Steps to follow in order to apply from the University via UoZone:

  • Go to uoZone
  • From the Applications menu, click on CO-OP Navigator

If you have any questions about your application, please contact our office by phone at 613 562-5741 or by e-mail at

How you are matched with an employer once admitted

Seven easy steps to ensure your work-term success

  • Step 1: Student training
    Your professional development is in good hands. By taking part in a series of workshops, you will be prepared for success.
  • Step 2: Applying for job placements
    The CO-OP Office recruits and screens employers and negotiates job offers. Job descriptions received at the CO-OP Office are listed on the CO-OP Navigator (A web-based system for CO-OP students); you apply directly to the jobs you are interested in.
  • Step 3: Pre-selection
    The CO-OP Office sends your resumé and transcript to employers for pre-selection.
  • Step 4: The interview
    Interested employers will interview you on campus.
  • Step 5: Ranking and matching
    Following interviews, you rank employers in order of preference and they rank students the same way. The CO-OP Office then matches students with employers based on the rankings.
  • Step 6: Site visits
    After you start work, someone from the University of Ottawa will visit you to make sure everything is running smoothly and that you are well on your way to meeting your work-term objectives.
  • Step 7: Work-term report and evaluation
    After completing your work term, you are required to write a work-term report. The report, along with the employer evaluation, is used to evaluate the work term.


CO-OP fees
As a CO-OP student, you pay an administrative fee for the session before your first work term and then for every work term, up to and including your last one.

You are also responsible for tuition and incidental fees related to your study terms and any courses you take while completing the work term.

If you voluntarily withdraw from the CO-OP Program, the withdrawal takes effect at the end of a study term and you must pay the CO-OP fee for that term.

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Last Updated: 2/12/2014