The above table represents the schedule for students who enter in September of their third year and participate in their first work term in January. This is referred to as "regular stream".
There are a variety of reasons why Co-op students may not follow this schedule. Here are three situations that might find students "out-of-stream":
- Students seeking their second degree require fewer credit hours than first degree students. These students may be allowed to join Co-op at a different time.
- Students seeking a joint Honours Degree degree can normally only participate in summer work terms. Intake for these students occurs in December with an anticipated first work term in the summer between 2nd and 3rd year.
It is possible some students who enter Co-op in September will not receive job offers for the spring work term (January to April). If these students have followed all Co-op procedures and guidelines, job placement may be deferred to the summer recruitment period, and may require an eight month work term (May to December).