Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the SFU Computing Science Co-operative Education Program. The program is open to both undergraduate (including transfer, post-baccalaureate, and second degree).

Some benefits of Co-op work experience are:

  • apply your classroom knowledge in industry situations

  • increase your competitiveness by developing professional skills

  • build a strong application for future graduate studies

Take a look at the schedule of events for this semester to find out when the first Co-op Info Session is scheduled.  In this session, you will hear more about the benefits of Co-op and learn how to make the most of your Co-op experience. 

Application Requirements

School of Computing Science Student

The Computing Science Co-op program is designed for full-time (minimum of 9 credits) undergraduate and post-baccalaureate diploma students. Transfer students, direct entry high school students, international students, and mature students are all welcome to apply to the program. You can apply at any time throughout the year to Computing Science Co-op and as early as your first year. In order for a student to be eligible for the program, they need to have a declared major in Computing Science or Software Systems and a minimum CGPA of 2.5.

To complete the program and obtain a Co-op Certificate or Co-op Designation, undergraduate students must be willing and able to commit to a minimum 3 or 4 Co-op work terms prior to graduation, respectively. Co-op students alternate studies and work semesters before returning for at least one final semester of academic courses.  (PBD and Second Degree students should contact their coordinator after being admitted to confirm their specific requirements.)

Academic Requirements

We encourage you to apply after completing 30 credits. 
  • 30 - 60 units: you are eligible to apply
  • over 90 units: visit the career management centre first 

Keep in mind: 

  • Complete the NEW student requirements at least two semesters before undertaking your first co-op work term.
  • Complete at least 3 work terms before completing your degree.

Work Permits (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. Once accepted into the Co-op program, you will be issued a letter to include in your work permit application. We recommend applying for the work permit as early as possible, as processing times can be lengthy.

  Work in Spring 2021 Work in Summer 2021 Work in Fall 2021
Preparation Term Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021
Seeking Term (Applying for Jobs) Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021