Apply as early as first year - the sooner the better. If you're interested in joining Computing Science Surrey co-op, but not sure if you meet our requirements, please contact us at email@example.com.
In order to be accepted, you must complete the following criteria:
1. Completion of the Co-op Application Form
To apply for the Co-operative Education Program at SFU, please complete the Co-operative Education Application Form on our Apply to Co-op section. Choose Computing Science (Surrey).
2. Type of Degree
The Computing Science Co-op program is open to full-time (minimum of 9 credits) undergraduate and post-baccalaureate diploma students currently declared Software Systems major. Students who are studying other areas of Computing Science should apply to the Computing Science Burnaby Co-op program.
Transfer students, direct entry high school students, international students and mature students are all welcome to apply to the program.
3. Credit Hours
- Students must be willing and able to commit to a minimum of 3 Co-op work terms (or 1-2 for Second degee and Post Baccelaureate programs) prior to graduation, ending on a study term.
- Before you can be released to seek for co-op jobs, you must be registered or have completed CMPT 275 or 276.
- You need to have completed 45 to 60 credit hours at the time you undertake your first work term.
- If you currently have more than 75 credits, please talk to to a co-op coordinator about your plan for co-op.
4. Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
We encourage all students to come and speak with us. If your CGPA is under 2.40 before applying, please contact your co-op coordinator.
5. Work Permit Requirements for International Students
Canada Immigration requires that students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents apply for a Co-op work permit in order to work off-campus in a Co-op position. A letter requesting this work permit is prepared for each international student accepted to the Co-op Program. It is the student's responsibility to pick up this letter and apply for the Co-op work permit. The authorization process can be lengthy so start early!
It is important to realize what your commitment to co-op represents. Here are some points that will help you to make the best out of your co-op experience.
- All undergraduate students are required to commit to complete a minimum of three work terms (but ideally four work terms), and Second Degree and Post Baccalaureate students must commit to a minimum of one work term. Students should alternate between work and study semesters. Students not intending to complete the minimum number of work terms will not be admitted.
- Co-op is about learning what you like and what you don't. We encourage students to “try out” various areas to ensure that when you graduate you have a good idea of the type of work you would like to pursue as well as the type of working environment you prefer.
- Occasionally students might not be placed right away. Don't be discouraged, continue to apply and keep in close contact with your co-op coordinator/advisor.
- Students are also encouraged to conduct their own "self-directed" work search with support from their Co-op Coordinator.
- Acceptance into the Co-op program does not guarantee placement in a work term. Students are required to apply for posted positions, and it is the employers who determine the applicants to be interviewed and hired.
- Searching for a Co-op work term is a lot like taking an extra course. Writing cover letters and preparing for and attending interviews takes a lot of time and effort – but it pays off!
Are you ready to explore your options through Co-op? Apply now!