New Students

Welcome to FAS Co-op! Check out your next steps for preparing for your first work term:

Requirements & Preparation for Co-op

Application Form

Once you have been admitted to Co-op you will receive a welcome email within two weeks after you have submitted the online application with instructions to self-enroll in the Co-op mailing list.

If you have not completed the application process, you should do so now! To apply for the Co-operative Education Program at SFU, please complete the Co-op Application Form.

Co-op Prep Course

You must be registered to complete this online course. It is intended to help you understand the Co-op process and provide resources. You will be emailed details for registration once you are part of the New Students group.

In preparation to apply to Co-op positions, Computing Science students self-enroll in the Co-op Prep course which includes:

  • Information on the Co-op processes
  • Preparation for your first work search
  • Access to resources
  • Tips for success
  • Connect with your assigned Co-op Coordinator

For further information about Co-op, take a look at the SFU Co-op Student Guide.


All students must ensure they have the necessary documents to be legally entitled to work a Co-op term:

  • Social Insurance Number: For information about how to obtain a SIN, review the Applying for a SIN handout by International Services for Students. 
  • MSP registration: For information about the medical insurance that students need, including while on a Co-op term, review the SFU Medical Insurance page.

International Students

International students are required to obtain a valid Co-op work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) before applying to SFU Co-op jobs. This is different from your off-campus work permit. Once you are registered in the Co-op Prep Course, you will find instructions on how to be issued the Co-op letter to include in your work permit application. We recommend applying for the Co-op work permit as early as possible, as processing times can be lengthy.

The Co-op office must have a copy of your valid Co-op work permit prior to students being released to apply for Co-op positions.

Bridging Online One (BOL I)

This 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.

Register in the ‘Events Calendar’ on myExperience.


The following workshops are offered each term on both the Burnaby and Surrey campus:

  • Resume & Cover Letter
  • Interview Skills

All students must attend each workshop as part of the approval process to seek their first Co-op job. Information about the date/location of these workshops is sent to the Computing Science body each term. The facilitator will offer industry trends and expectations, and support students to move their marketing materials and interview strategies to a more professional and technical level.

Register in the ‘Events Calendar’ on myExperience.

One-to-One Advising

Students will be given individual, one to one advising, feedback and mock interviews when needed or requested with the Co-op advisors and coordinators. Meet them here.

  Work in Spring
Work in Summer
Work in Fall

Preparation Term 
(Completing workshops)

Summer 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023

Seeking Term
(Applying for Jobs)

Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Summer 2023