For over 40 years, UBC’s co-op programs have provided tens of thousands of students with transformational, educationally enriched, experiential learning opportunities with diverse community partners across Canada and around the world. 

Together, we represent the largest co-op program in Western Canada, with students from a wide range of disciplines in the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses:  

Facts & Figures

UBC Co-op plays an important role in educating global citizens. In 2017/2018, a total of 330 work terms were completed outside of Canada in over 20 different countries, such as Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.

Work Terms by Program

Numbers for the 2017/2018 academic year:

  • Arts: 528 (37 international)
  • Engineering: 2,359 (145 international)
  • Forestry: 156 (19 international)
  • Kinesiology: 102
  • Sauder: 499 (20 international)
  • Science: 2,133 (107 international)
  • UBC Okanagan*: 140 (2 international)

* Includes Arts, Fine Arts, Human Kinetics, Management and Sciences

Growth by Year and Program

In the 2017/2018 academic year, we saw growth across all of UBC's co-op programs, reaching a combined record of 5,917 work terms - a 7% increase from last year.

Program

2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
Arts 485 525 528
Business 392 480 499
Engineering 2190 2224 2359
Forestry 59 63 156
Kinesiology 81 87 102
Science 1900 2103 2133
UBC Okanagan* 22 60 140

* Expanded co-op program for Arts, Fine Arts, Human Kinetics, Management & Sciences established in 2016-17; previous stats reflective of Management Co-op program.