Apply to Co-op

NOTE: For undergraduates, by applying to Co-op, you are agreeing to complete a minimum of three work semesters.

Co-op Application Fee

As part of enrollment into the SFU Co-operative Education program, every student who applies must pay the Co-op application fee once, when they first join Co-op.

The Co-op application fee for:

  • Domestic students is $149.40 as of Fall 2023
  • International students is $419.98 as of Fall 2023

The application fee will be posted to your SFU Account upon processing of your Co-operative Education Application Form.

The co-op application fee will be posted in your SIS account and be due within 10 business days. Please check your SIS account to view when the fee is posted.

Co-op Practicum Tuition

You are responsible for paying the practicum tuition ONLY when you have secured a workterm. This tuition must be paid every semester you are working in a Co-op position.

View the practicum tuition for:

When should I apply to Co-op?

If you want to ensure that you have flexibility in how you plan out your work and study semesters, and the ability to leave room for any other opportunities you may wish to pursue such as field schools or otherwise, then you should apply to Co-op within your first year at SFU or, at a minimum, two semesters before an intended work semester. For undergraduates, 90 credit hours or later is often too late to apply to Co-op; be sure to consult with a Co-op Coordinator before applying if you are above 90. 

Prior to completing the online application form, please ensure you have reviewed the individual Co-op Program requirements for your program.

Engineering Science, Mechatronic Systems Engineering and Sustainable Energy Engineering students are not required to complete the Co-operative Education Application Form because Co-op is mandatory. Please contact your Co-op Program directly at 

Graduate students in Big Data, Visual Computing and Cybersecurity are not required to complete the Co-operative Education Application Form. Please contact the Master of Science in Professional Computer Science Co-op office at

How can I find out more?

You will have a more in-depth idea of what your Co-op experience will be like if you register for a Co-op Info Session. You will hear from both current co-op students and staff about the benefits of the program and you will learn tips for making the most of your co-op experience.

I've completed the application form. Now what?

Upon receiving your application form, a Co-op Program will contact you within 10 business days to advise you of your Conditional Approval to the Program. There will be Program specific steps that you will need to complete in order to be fully accepted into the Program.