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 2019/2020, a total of 181 work terms were completed outside of Canada in 16 different countries, such as Ecuador, Germany, Singapore, South Africa, and the UAE.

Work Terms by Program

Numbers for the 2019/2020 academic year:

  • Arts: 468
  • Business: 447
  • Engineering: 2,051
  • Forestry: 97
  • Kinesiology: 73
  • Science: 2,455
  • UBC Okanagan*: 219

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

Growth by Year and Program

In the 2019/2020 academic year, our programs combined for a total of 5,810 work terms.

Program

2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020
Arts 485 525 528 589 468
Business 392 480 499 595 447
Engineering 2,190 2,224 2,359 2,471 2,051
Forestry 59 63 156 160 97
Kinesiology 81 87 102 86 73
Science 1,900 2,103 2,133 2,414 2,455
UBC Okanagan* 22 60 140 173 219

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