Work Term Sequencing

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Your work term sequence is your plan of action for your time as a co-op student. It is essentially a map of when your two or three work terms and academic requirements will be completed.

Work Term Sequences are determined after completion of COPB50, and are set based on your program of study, when you were admitted into the co-op program, your co-op program requirements, and the minimum number of work terms required for your program of study. Depending on your program, you'll begin work after you complete three, four or five study terms. Once work term begins, they normally alternate with study terms until they've all been completed.

Sequences assume you are:

  • taking a full course load (2.5 FCE)
  • studying each semester
  • completing 4 month work terms

If you're taking a reduced course load or taking a semester off, planning to participate in study abroad etc., please inform your COPB50 Coordinator. This will be taken into consideration when your work term sequence is created.

Your work term sequence is specifically constructed so that it will always end on a study term. This not only gives you an opportunity to reflect on what you've learned over your work term, it also keeps us aligned with provincial regulations. Once the sequence is set, plan your studies in advance to meet all of your graduation requirements and follow your sequence.

You must complete all of your required work terms before reaching 18.0 FCEs.

Need some help planning your courses and how to meet your program academic requirements?  Contact your Co-op Program Supervisor or Program/Course Advisor.

Typical Work Term Sequences

Work term sequences are set based on a 4-month work term length. If you secure a work term longer than four months, it will be considered more than one work term. For example, an 8-month co-op job is considered two work terms.

Typical Work Term Sequences - 2 Work Term Programs: 4-Month Work Terms

           OPTION A                                                                   OPTION B

Year Fall Winter Summer   Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study - COPB50 Study   Study Study - COPB50 Study
2 Study - COPB51 Study - COPB52 Work Term 1   Study Study- COPB51 Study - COPB52
3 Study - COPC98 Work Term 2 Study   Work Term 1 Study - COPC98 Work Term 2
4 Study Study Graduate   Study Study Graduate
 
Typical Work Term Sequences - 3 Work Term Programs: 4-Month Work Terms
 
          OPTION A                                                                   OPTION B
 
Year Fall Winter Summer   Fall Winter Summer
1 Study - COPB50 Study - COPB51  Study - COPB52    Study - COPB50 Study Study - COPB51 
2 Work Term 1 Study - COPC98  Work Term 2   Study - COPB52  Work Term 1 Study - COPC98 
3 Study - COPC99 Work Term 3 Study   Work Term 2 Study - COPC99 Work Term 3
4 Study Study Graduate   Study Study Graduate


8-Month Work Terms

Currently, all work term sequences are arranged as a series of 4-month work terms, but employers are increasingly offering more 8-month opportunities. An 8-month work term is an opportunity to dive deeper into projects and gain depth in the learning experience. If you complete an 8-month work term, it will count as two work terms and we'll adjust your work term sequence accordingly. 

Typical Work Term Sequences - 2 Work Term Program: 8-Month Work Terms

          OPTION A                                                                    OPTION B

Year Fall Winter Summer   Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Study - COPB50 Study   Study Study - COPB50 Study
2 Study - COPB51  Study - COPB52  Work Term 1   Study Study - COPB51  Study - COPB52 
3 Work Term 2 Study Study   Work Term 1 Work Term 2 Study
4 Study Study Graduate   Study Study Graduate

Typical Work Term Sequences - 3 Work Term Programs: 4-Month Work Terms

         OPTION A                                                                      OPTION B

Year Fall Winter Summer   Fall Winter Summer
1 Study - COPB50  Study - COPB51  Study - COPB52    Study - COPB50 Study Study - COPB51 
2 Work Term 1 Work Term 2 Study - COPC98    Study - COPB52  Work Term 1 Work Term 2
3 Work Term 3 Study Study   Study -  COPC98  Work Term 3 Study 
4 Study Study Graduate   Study Study Graduate


12 – 16 Month Work Terms

Students will see opportunities for 12-month work terms. 16-month work terms are posted for Computer Science students. The duration of a work term is set by the co-op employer. A 12-month work term will count as three work terms and a 16-month work term will count as four work terms. 


Requesting Additional Work Terms

Students are able to complete more work terms beyond their program minimum. To do so, you can request to complete additional work terms by contacting the Co-op office. Requests to be sequenced to seek additional work terms will only be approved for fall and winter semesters. However, additional work terms found through an independant job search will be approved as an additional work term for fall, winter, or summer semesters.

It's important to note that additional co-op fees will be charged for each additional work term semester.

If adjustments to your work term sequence results in additional work terms being scheduled beyond the number that is usually sequenced for your program, please refer to the Fees & OSAP section of this guide to get an understanding of the extra fees associated with additional work terms.

Planning for Your Work Term Sequence

Once you know your work term sequence, you should map out how you'll meet your degree requirements knowing you'll be away on work term in certain semesters. While you can consult with Academic Advising or your Program Advisor/Supervisor, there are a number of additional resources to help you with your co-op planning.

These include:

Requesting Changes to Your Work Term Sequence

While it's expected that you follow the work term sequence received in COPB50, you may prefer to adjust your assigned sequence based on your personal circumstances. These types of requests can be made at any time before you begin your first work term search COPB52.

The first step in making this request is to discuss your proposed new work term sequence plans with your Program Advisor/Supervisor or Academic Advising. After you have an understanding of the impact changes in your work term sequence will have on your course planning and graduation date, book an appointment with the Co-op Advisor. These appointments can be made at the Co-op Office by visiting the front desk or by emailing askcoop@utoronto.ca.

If changes to your work term sequence results in additional work terms being scheduled beyond the number that is usually sequenced for your program, please be sure to refer to the Fees & OSAP section of this guide to get an understanding of the extra fees associated with additional work terms.


Impact of Dropping Courses on the Work Term Sequence

Dropping a course may result in your work term being delayed. Before you drop courses, it's a good idea to discuss the impact with your Co-op Program Supervisor, Program Advisor or an Academic Advisor. Please review your work term prerequisite to confirm your eligibility.


Impact of Deferred Exam on the Work Term Sequence

If you defer an exam, your course load will be reduced in the following semester. This may result in delaying your work term sequence and should be discussed with the Co-op Advisor or someone from the Student Services team.