"Through my Co-op experience, I have genuinely learned so much about myself and built confidence, skills, and relationships that will last a lifetime." – Mikayla Haynes, BBA Graduate 2021
Co-operative Education (Co-op) allows you to alternate study semesters with paid work terms to apply what you learn in classes to real work environment.
Each Co-op work term is a minimum of 420 hours of paid work, either full-time over a four-month work term or part-time over an eight-month work term. Co-op students registered into a full-time Co-op course are considered full-time students.
Are you interested in Co-op, but not sure how it works? Review the steps below to learn more.
Enrol in EXPE pre-requisite course.
The first step is to take the pre-requisite course EXPE 2300*. The course will provide you with knowledge of what it takes to get a job in today's constantly changing job market. You will learn about resumes, interviews, and more. This course is offered every semester either in-person or online.
*Post Degree Diploma in Accounting students: See pre-requisite course details.
Apply for Co-op.
Once you have taken the pre-requisite course for Co-op, you can submit an application to apply for Co-op via the C3 job board. There is a minimum 2.6 CGPA requirement for the Co-op program. Once your application is reviewed and approved, you will be booked for an appointment with a Co-op instructor.
Note: International students who are approved to join the Co-op program will be issued documentation during the meeting that they can use to apply for their Co-op Work Permit. Students may reach out to Langara Global for instructions on how to apply for their Co-op Work Permit.
Search and apply for jobs.
Students in the Co-op program have special access to see Co-op jobs on the C3 job board. As a Co-op student you will actively apply and interview for jobs Co-op with support from your Co-op instructor.
If you find a position on your own that you would like to use for a Co-op, the position must be reviewed and approved by a Co-op instructor to qualify for a Co-op.
Once you accept a Co-op job offer you must inform your Co-op instructor, who will let you know the appropriate Co-op work term course to enrol in. Co-op students registered into a full-time Co-op course are considered full-time students.
Complete your Co-op.
During your Co-op, you will have assignments to complete and there will be a site visit mid-way through the work term, where the Co-op instructor will visit you on-site or virtually to speak with you and your supervisor about the placement.
Return to school.
Students must return to at least one more academic semester after they complete their Co-op.
Students in a Diploma or Associate’s program can do a maximum of two Co-op work terms. Students in a Bachelor’s program can do a maximum of four Co-op work terms.
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BBA Work Experience Options Information Sessions
Did you know that you have to complete a Work Experience Requirement for your Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)? Attend a virtual information session to learn more about your options to fulfill this requirement.
The following programs offer a Co-op option:
- Bachelor of Business Administrion (BBA) Degree
- Business Management
- International Business Management
- Marketing Management
- Business Diploma Programs
- Business Management
- Financial Management
- Financial Services (on hold)
- Marketing Management
- Post Degree Diploma in Accounting
- Computer Science and Computer Studies
- Associate of Science Degree in Computer Science
- Diploma in Computer Studies
- Bachelor of Bioinformatics
- Diploma in Bioinformatics
- Associate of Science Degree in Biology
- Diploma in Biology
- Bachelor of Recreation Management (on hold)
Visit the Programs That Offer Co-op page for more information.
Before you join the Co-op Program:
- Complete the prerequisite course, EXPE 2300, with a grade of “C” or higher.
- Maintain a minimum term and overall program GPA of 2.6
- Be enrolled full-time (nine credits) and have completed at least one full term at Langara; exceptions may be made if you have transferred from another institution.
While you’re in the Co-op Program:
- Complete a minimum of 420 hours during each approved four-month Co-op work term. Note: there is also an option for a part-time Co-op where you can complete 420 hours over an eight month Co-op work term.
- Complete all assignments, an employer evaluation, and a presentation for each full-time or part-time work term.
- If you are an international student, you must enrol in one of the programs offering a Co-op designation and have a valid Co-op work permit. There is no cost for the Co-op work permit and application support is provided by the Langara Global Office.
- Enrol in at least one full-time academic term upon completion of the final work term prior to graduation.
Pro Tip: Take EXPE 2300 early in your program so that you can take Co-op as soon as you are ready.
Have you been accepted into the Co-op program? Review the Co-op Student Guide for next steps »
Co-op program requirements for international students »
Are you a Bachelor of Business Administration student? Learn more about the Work Experience Requirement »
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