Work experience (work-integrated learning)
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About work experience
Most of our programs combine classroom learning with on-the-job learning, and graduation is often dependent on the successful completion of a work experience.
There are five ways to get work experience:
Field experience gives you the chance to participate in a workplace setting related to your field of study.
- Opportunities can be paid or unpaid and last 5 to 8 weeks.
- More than 100 programs offer field experience.
- Most field experiences are during the spring, although schedules vary by program.
Co-operative (co-op) education is a credit course completed between your first and second years of study.
- This paid, full-time work experience lasts 12 to 16 weeks.
- Co-op represents one full credit and regular tuition/fees applies (view tuition, fees and costs).
- More than 50 programs offer optional co-op.
- Three programs include mandatory co-op: Business-Hospitality, Business-Tourism and Culinary Management.
- Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
- If you successfully complete co-op, you'll have the co-op designation reflected on your transcript and diploma.
- This paid opportunity takes place during the final term of your program and lasts approximately 14 weeks.
Professional practice placements allow you to apply your knowledge and skills required for a professional license or designation.
- Opportunities are unpaid and vary in duration from a few weeks to a few months.
- Professional practice is offered in the majority of our health programs.
Sea time allows you to apply your knowledge and skills required on board a vessel.
- Opportunities can be paid or unpaid.
- Duration and term (fall/winter/spring/summer) varies depending on the program.
- Many of our marine programs have a sea time requirement whose guidelines are set out by Transport Canada.
- Sea time can be completed on board Canadian and international merchant ships.
- International Students are responsible for securing their own sea time.