Student FAQ's

Application to Co-op

How do I apply for Co-op?
How can I get an appointment?
What year should I be in to apply?
What should my GPA be?
What if I’ve already graduated?
Are workshops mandatory?

Applying for Jobs

Can someone help me with my resume and cover letter?
How do I apply for a job posted on the board?
Is it my choice where and when I go on Co-op?
If I want to apply for more than one position with a company, should I submit a covering letter for each position?
I’ve applied for a job but have not yet heard back?
I’ve had an interview and have not yet heard back?
I’ve applied for several jobs and am not getting any interview calls, why?
I’ve had several interviews but have not received any job offers, why?

Work Terms

How do I register a Co-op work term?
Can my summer job/part time job/full-job be used for Co-op?
If I am on a Co-op work term away from Lethbridge can I take an evening course at a local university?
How often should I contact the Co-op Office?
Are International Co-op placements available?

Fees/Costs

What do the Co-op fees cover?
When are my Co-op fees due?
How can I pay my Co-op fees?
Is there a reduced tuition fees for self-initiated Co-op? How do I do a self initiated Co-op?
Why would I want to do a self initiated Co-op?
Do employers pay relocation costs?
Do I still pay co-op fees after I graduate?

Student Loans

What happens to my student loan if I am on a Co-op work term?
How come I have to fill out Confirmation of Enrollment Forms when I'm on a Co-op but I don't have to during an Academic Term?

Graduation/Academics

Do I get academic credit for Co-op?
What happens if I don't complete the required three Co-op work terms?
Can I finish my degree on a Co-op work term?


Application to Co-op

How do I apply for Co-op?

To apply for admission, students should:

How can I get an appointment?

  • Come by the front desk at AH151, Anderson Hall, or call (403) 329-2000 for available times.
    You can also e-mail questions to artsci.coop@uleth.ca.

What year should I be in to apply?
  • We encourage you to apply in your first year - the sooner the better!

What should my GPA be?

  • Your GPA should be at least 2.50. If your GPA is lower than this keep in mind that we MAY still admit you since we evaluate our applicants on a case by case basis.

What if I have already graduated?

  • The Co-op program is for undergraduate students who have not completed their degree. If you have already graduated, Career and Employment Services (CES) in mandated to help graduates with their employment needs. CES assists University alumni with resume writing, On-Campus Recruiting and career research. CES staff are located in AH153, Anderson Hall, and can be reached at (403) 329-2187.

Are workshops mandatory?

  • No. They do however increase your chances for success.


Applying for Jobs

Can someone help me with my resume and cover letter?

  • Please email your Coordinator for assistance with your resume and cover letter.

  • We can give you valuable tips and suggestions that can make your application a winner!

How do I apply for a job posted on the board?

  • Once you are admitted into the Co-op Program you will be given instructions for logging on to our on-line Job Board.

  • Follow the procedures outlined at the bottom of each job posting in the "How to Apply" section.

Is it my choice where and when I go on Co-op?

  • You have the right to decide where and when you want to do a Co-op work term.
    However, it is recommended that you not limit yourself too much as that will decrease the number of opportunities available to you.

  • University of Lethbridge Co-op students have worked in countries like England, Germany, Israel, and the United States. You can do Co-op anywhere in the world at anytime during your degree. You should talk to the Co-op office or Academic Advising about sequencing your courses with work terms.

If I want to apply for more than one position with a company, should I submit a cover letter for each position?

  • Yes, unless the posting tells you otherwise. A cover letter greatly increases your chances of being selected for an interview and allows you to relate your skills to the specific job requirements. Many applications go to Human Resources Departments and then are distributed to individual Managers.

I have applied for a job but have not yet heard back?

  • Our office is diligent in following up with employers. We will contact you if you've been selected for an interview.

  • Please continue to apply for other jobs until you have accepted an offer of employment through the Co-op office.

I have had an interview and have not yet heard back?

  • Once hiring decisions are finalized, our office will contact successful candidates. Contact us if you have any concerns.

I have applied for several jobs and am not getting any interview calls, why?

  • Remember that the recruitment process can be quite lengthy.

  • If you would like to discuss the effectiveness of your cover letter and/or resume, please email your Coordinator.

I have had several interviews but have not received any job offers, why?

  • Please email your Coordinator to set up a meeting, we would be happy to discuss interview strategies.


Work Terms

How do I register a Co-op work term?

  • Co-op Work Terms are registered through the Co-op Office. Click here to see information on Co-op work terms.

Can my summer job/part time job/full-job be used for Co-op?

  • A summer job can be used as Co-op provided it is related to your degree and will provide learning opportunities. A Co-op Coordinator will make this determination. You should talk to a Coordinator if you would like to use the summer full time job as a Co-op work term. This type of Co-op is called Self Initiated Co-op.

If I am on a Co-op work term away from Lethbridge can I take an evening course at a local university?

  • Yes, a number of students in major cities have completed courses while on a Co-op. Students wishing to take more than one course per work term must request special permission. Please contact your Coordinator for further details.

  • If you want to take a course you should see Academic Advising to make sure the course fits into your program. You may also be required to complete a Visiting Student Authorization form to ensure you'll receive transfer credits for the course.

  • Click here for more information.

While on a Work Term, how often should I contact the Co-op Office?

  • In addition to your monthly reports, whenever you have a question or any concerns. If you have serious questions or concerns, please do not wait until the Monitor Visit. Keep us updated on any developments in your career/academic life. It is also recommended that you update your address and resume as often as is necessary and email it to us.


Co-op Fees/Costs

What do the Co-op fees cover?

  • The Co-op fees help to cover costs like marketing the program to the students and employers, salaries, photocopying, printing, tele-communications, workshop resources and the provision of interview facilities on campus.

When are my Co-op fees due?

  • Co-op fees are due on the last day of classes for the semester that you are on a Co-op work term. See IMPORTANT DATES.

How can I pay my Co-op fees?

Fees can be paid in the following ways:

  • Mailed to:

    • Cashier's Office
      University of Lethbridge
      4401 University Drive
      Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

  • Payable at any Bank of Montreal

  • Telephone or Online Banking (check with your financial institution).

  • Inquiries can be made at cash.office@uleth.ca or (403) 329-2469

Is there a reduced tuition fee for self-initiated Co-op? How do I do a self initiated Co-op?

  • Students doing a self-initiated Co-op bear the same responsibilities (reports & fees) as any other student. There is no reduced tuition fee. See Self Initiated Co-op.

Why would I want to do a Self Initiated Co-op?

The advantages of doing a Self Initiated Co-op include, but are not limited to:

  • Getting a first work term under your belt. It is often the case that subsequent work terms are easier to secure once the first one is completed.

  • Rate of pay at many companies is based on the number of academic courses and Co-op Work Terms completed.

  • First step toward getting your Co-operative Education Designation.

  • Personalized job search assistance. If you have special requests for specific locations and/or companies one of our Coordinators will work with you and provide you with assistance, tools and support.

Do employers pay relocation costs?

  • Some employers do pay relocation costs. The biggest determining factor is where the employer is located. Our postings will tell you if the employer is paying relocation costs. Stop by the office if you have further questions.

Do I still pay co-op fees after I graduate?

  • Your participation in the Co-op program ends upon graduation. As a result you don't pay any work term fees after graduation.


Student Loans

What happens to my student loan if I am on a Co-op work term?

  • Since you retain your full time status while on a Co-op work term, you will remain in interest free status. YOU MUST arrange to have Confirmation of Enrolment forms completed for each semester you are on a work term. Contact the Scholarships and Student Finance Office in Anderson Hall for more information.

Why do I have to fill out Confirmation of Enrollment Forms when I'm on a Co-op but I don't have to during an Academic Term?

  • When you process your student loan, the confirmation of enrollment in full time studies is done automatically.


Graduation/Academics

Do I get academic credit for Co-op?

  • You get Co-op credit but you don't receive academic credit for Co-op. Co-op work terms are evaluated on a pass/fail basis and are extra to your degree. The completion of a Co-op Work Term is recorded on your official university transcript which can be shown to potential employers. You receive the real "credit" for Co-op at the completion of your 3rd work term when you receive the Co-op designation with your degree.

What happens if I don't complete the required three Co-op work terms?

  • Not completing three work terms means you don't receive your Co-op designation. Receiving the designation does demonstrate to employers that you've taken the time to go beyond a regular degree. Our office encourages all Co-op students to obtain their designation.

Can I finish my degree on a Co-op work term?

  • Yes, students can complete their academic degree requirements then complete Co-op work terms, provided you have not convocated. Academic Advising can provide you with a letter that states you've fulfilled your degree requirements.