FAQs

Important Dates

What is the deadline to self-enroll in the FAS Co-op Prep Course?

The Co-op office will send Co-op students an email at the beginning of every semester with instructions on what they need to do to be eligible to apply for Co-op jobs.

Deadlines to self-enroll in the FAS Co-op Prep Canvas Course are below:

Fall: September 1 – September 30
Spring: January 1 – January 31
Summer: May 1 – May 31

In order to receive emails from the Co-op office about important dates, subscribe to the cmptcoop-all@sfu.ca mail list.

General CMPT Students Questions

What are the requirements to apply a CMPT Co-op?

  • At least 2.50 CGPA 
  • Encouraged to apply after 30 credits 
  • New students are required to apply at least 2 terms before the intended work term

Can I apply to Co-op if I don't meet 2.50 CGPA?

You are required to obtain a minimum 2.50 CGPA in order to be accepted to the Co-op program. If your CGPA is below 2.50, your application will be rejected. What we can suggest to you is to raise your CGPA and apply to Co-op once you meet the requirement.

What CGPA do I need to maintain to stay in Co-op?

The minimum GPA requirement is 2.00 CGPA. Co-op is an optional additional program for CMPT students.

I applied but I haven't heard anything. I'm still waiting for the email, when will I get the email?

Upon receiving your application form, you will be contacted within 10 business days to advise you of your Conditional Approval to the Program via myExperience message or email. There will be Program specific steps that you will need to complete in order to be fully accepted into the Program.

Do I need CMPT 276 to apply to the program? What if I can't get into CMPT 276?

CMPT 276 is no longer a requirement to seek for a Co-op placement. CMPT 276 is still an excellent course and is highly recommended.

I am a CMPT second degree student, how many co-ops do I need to do to get the co-op designation?

You should plan for at least 3 co-op terms to complete the Co-op program and receive the Co-op designation on your degree, which is recognized across Canada.

I am near graduation and have yet to complete three Co-op work terms. Do I need to opt out of Co-op in order to apply for graduation?

Each term the Co-op office will complete graduation checks for all Co-op students in the program who have submitted the application for graduation. If the Co-op student did not complete 3+ Co-op work terms then the Co-op subplan will be manually removed from the student’s academic file. No extra steps are required by the student to graduate.

New Students Questions

Who is my Coordinator?

To speak with a Coordinator or Advisor, you must book an appointment with them through myExperience. Coordinators and advisors are not always available for walk-ins. If you have any questions for them, find out who your Coordinator is, and send them an email.

For your Coordinator please check our contact page.

How do I opt-in the seeking group?

Every term, Co-op staff sends out an email with links to Canvas courses to self- enroll in a Prep Canvas course. If you are not seeking you need to opt-in, even if you have done a Co-op in the past. If you are presently seeking you are not required to enroll again, instead you will indicate your continued interest by completing a Seeking Canvas course quiz in the last month of the seeking semester.

When can I start seeking for Co-op?

You can start seeking after you complete the "pre-seeking" requirement. Including:

  • Bridging Online One (BOL I) is a two-week online course preparing you to identify and transfer your skills to the workplace. This self-paced course is offered regularly throughout the term and can be completed on your own time. You can register for the BOL I and workshops in the "Events Calendar" on myExperience.
  • Workshops: Participate in the FAS Co-op Resume, Cover Letter and Interview workshops - either separately or by attending the "All In One"

If I attend the workshops a few terms before my seeking term, do I have to attend the workshops again?

You are only required to attend the workshops once. Therefore, if you attend the workshops a few terms before your seeking term, you do not have to attend again.

How many Co-op terms do I need to complete?

You should plan for at least 3 co-op terms to complete the Co-op program and receive the Co-op designation on your degree, which is recognized across Canada.

How many jobs should I be applying?

We recommend that new students apply to 30 - 60 positions throughout the term and senior students to be actively applying throughout the term. This can take 7-12 hours a week and can be compared to taking another course.

What is the application fee?

Similar to applying into university, there is an application fee for applying into co-op. This is a one-time cost that is applied to your GoSFU account and must be paid within 10 days of receiving your acceptance letter into the co-op program. Please visit: https://www.sfu.ca/coop/apply.html under #4  “Application form and fees”. If you are not accepted into the co-op program, your application fee is refunded.

How much does Co-op cost?

Aside from the application fee, Co-op students pay tuition fees only when they are placed in a Co-op work term. The tuition fee is the same for domestic and international students: $811.43 CAD. This fee applies to every work term that you secure, including extensions and self-directed work terms. Co-op tuition fees are generally due on the 7th week of classes. Students who secure a local placement will also have access to U-Pass and will continue to have access to public transit.

How to sign up for Canvas courses?

Students can self-enroll for the Prep Canvas course, just click on the link in our email message. Registration for BOL I is completed using the Events in myExperience. Students released to seek or those who are working will be added to special Canvas courses and will have to accept the invitation at the beginning of each term.

I am a transfer student from an other institution. How does this affect my application?

The best time to apply to co-op is around 45 credits. As a transfer student, we recommend waiting at least one semester before joining the co-op program. Focus your energy in your first semester on having a successful transition to the curriculum and expectation.

Can I find my own Co-op?

If you are interested in finding your own co-op job, you can discuss strategies with your Co-op Coordinator. By taking a proactive approach, you can increase your opportunities and find the job that is right for you, or target a specific industry or location. You may use your own connections such as family and friends, current employers, or people you meet through networking.  You could also be monitoring other job boards and submitting applications independently. To meet the Co-op requirements, a student must be paid minimum wage or above, work 420 hours minimum, be supervised, and should be in your area of study or related to your career aspirations.

Seeking Students Questions

How many jobs should I be applying?

We recommend that new students apply to 30 - 60 positions throughout the term and senior students to be actively applying throughout the term. This can take 7-12 hours a week and can be compared to taking another course.

Where can I practice interviews?

  • Practice on your own or with a friend using questions from the OLC Interview Questions Database.
  • Use InterviewStream tool from inside myExperience. You can record yourself answering interview questions and then reflect on your performance.
  • Book a practice interview with your Co-op Advisor or Coordinator.

What to do after I receive a job offer?

If an offer was sent directly to you from the employer, please notify your Coordinator. As long as the Co-op office is aware of your offer, you will receive a placement email with information and instructions. 

Please follow-up with the co-op office if you do not receive the placement email within a few weeks of accepting your offer.

What do I enroll in if I have a work term outside of the Lower Mainland?

If an employer directly sends you an offer, please notify your coordinator. The Co-op Office will enroll you into your co-op practicum on your behalf in sections D200 or I100. 

What do I do if an employer contacts me directly for an interview or job offer?

If an employer contacts you directly, you must notify the FAS Co-op office right away. Please email your coordinator or fascoop@sfu.ca with the interview or offer details and they will provide you with instructions for your next steps.

Working Students Questions

Can I take a course while on a Co-op work term?

We do not recommend taking a course during a work term.  When on a Co-op work term, your priority and commitment must be to the employer. If your employer is open to letting you take one course while you are working, you must submit an appeal form online to your School.

Who do I contact if I’m having issues in my Co-op work environment?

Physical work environments need to be safe, clean and appropriate to the work; if you are unsure, then check the BC Employment Standards: this might help you to have a discussion with your coworkers or supervisor.  If this does not answer your questions or you feel uncomfortable about approaching your coworkers or supervisor, contact your Coordinator to discuss the details of the issue.

Can I leave a Co-op job if it’s not working for me?

Before you do anything, contact your Coordinator. They will be able to answer your questions and ask you some relevant questions to problem-solve the situation or give you guidance on what actions you can take, and the consequences incurred as a result.

What do I do if I can’t enroll in my Co-op course?

There are a few things that maybe happening. It could be that it is too late in the semester for you to register, in which case let us know and we can register for you.  You may be trying to register for the wrong course; each work term number is sequential.  One of the most common issues seems to be fees still owing.  If you have any outstanding fees, they need to be paid in full before you can enroll in a Co-op work term.