Software Engineering (Mandatory CO-OP)

Admission requirements
  • Be registered full-time
  • Follow the CO-OP sequence and the faculty course sequence
  • Must be in good academic standing (based on Faculty of Engineering policies)
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or an international student (with a work permit)

CO-OP fees

As a student in a mandatory CO-OP program, you also pay CO-OP fees (announced every year by the Registrar) during each study term.

Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - by default, all students follow this sequence

Year of Study Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study Work 1
2 Study Work 2 Study
3 Work 3 Study Work 4
4 Study Study Work 5
5 Study - -

Sequence 2 - available to students hired for 8-month terms with the same company

Year of Study Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study Work 1
2 Study Work 2 Work 3
3 Study Study Study
4 Work 4 Study Work 5
5 Study - -

Sequence 3 - available to students hired for 12-month terms with the same company

Year of Study Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study Work 1
2 Study Work 2 Study
3 Work 3 Work 4 Work 5
4 Study Study -
5 Study Study -

Sequence 4 - Followed by students that need to study in the summer after year one.

Year of Study Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study Study
2 Study Work 1 Study
3 Work 2 Study Work 3
4 Study Study Work 4
5 Study - -

Sequence 5 - After completing two work terms, students can opt to follow this sequence.

Year of Study Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study Work 1
2 Study Work 2 Study
3 Study Study Work 3
4 Study Study -

CO-OP fees

As a student in a mandatory CO-OP program, you also pay CO-OP fees (announced every year by the Registrar) during each study term.

Some of our employers include
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Amazon
  • BlackBerry
  • CIENA Corporation
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Canadian Bank Note Company Ltd.
  • Communication Research Centre Canada
  • Desk Nibbles
  • Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Ericsson Canada Inc.
  • Ford Motor Company of Canada
  • Fuze
  • Groupe Nordik
  • Health Canada
  • House of Commons
  • IBM Canada Ltd.
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Kinaxis
  • Klipfolio
  • Mitel Networks Corporation
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Mountain Equipment Co-operative (MEC)
  • Mozilla
  • National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Nokia
  • Open Text AG
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Shopify
  • Statistics Canada
  • Teksavvy
  • TripAdvisor Media Group
  • University of Ottawa
  • Wealthsimple
  • You.i
Examples of tasks at work
  • Database design
  • Design simple programs and extensions to existing programs
  • Develop complex software applications, including data transmission and network software
  • Mathematical and statistical analysis
  • Program in languages such as C++, C#, Java, Python, HTML, Javascript and Ruby on Rails
  • Project analysis and management
How to apply

Two easy ways to apply :

1 - Reserved placement

When applying for regular admission to the University, you can also apply for direct admission to any CO-OP program except Biomedical Science, Translation and graduate-level programs. The average mark required to be eligible for direct admission into CO-OP is

  • 80% or higher for students admitted in first year.
  • 75% or higher for applicants who have completed at least two years of CEGEP.

To keep your reserved placement in CO-OP, you must obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least 8.0 and meet the admission requirements of your chosen CO-OP program until you are formally admitted into the Program (September 30 or March 1 of your second year of studies, depending on the program). Otherwise, you will lose your reserved spot in CO-OP and have to compete with regular applicants for admission.

If you apply for direct admission and are not granted a placement, don't worry. You can re-apply during your second year at University (see section 2)


2 - Applying once at the University of Ottawa

You can apply for CO-OP after you have registered at the University of Ottawa. Application deadlines and admission requirements vary from program to program, so be sure to check individual program pages online for specific information.

Steps to follow in order to apply from the University via uoZone:

  • Connect to uoZone.
  • From the Applications menu, click on CO-OP Navigator.

If you have any questions about your application, please contact our office by phone at 613 562-5741 or by e-mail at coop@uOttawa.ca.

Application Deadline: September 30 of your second year of studies

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