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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 Co-operative Education/Internship 2. Academic Regulations 2.4 Course Work
2.4 Course Work
Planning Work Terms and Academic Sessions

Please refer to the appropriate Faculty section in this Calendar for information on the number and scheduling of work terms.

It is the student's responsibility to plan work terms and academic sessions in relation to course availability. The University cannot guarantee all courses will be available in all sessions.

Both Co-operative Education and Internship programs should start and end with an academic session. Students in Co-operative Education programs normally alternate between periods of work and study. Work periods can be four months or eight months (two consecutive work terms) starting in January, May and September. Students in some programs may do three consecutive work terms with permission from their department of study. Co-operative Education programs with three or four work terms have a maximum of two spring/summer work terms. Co-operative Education programs with five work terms have a maximum of two consecutive, spring/summer work terms and three summer work terms in total.

Internship programs are a minimum of twelve and a maximum of sixteen consecutive months.

Co-operative Education and Internship Courses

Each four-month Co-operative Education/Internship work term is registered as a Co-operative Education/Internship course. Co-operative Education/Internship courses are in addition to the normal requirements for a degree program.

Each work term (Co-operative Education/Internship course) is approximately four months in duration beginning either in January, May or September. Courses are graded on a Completed Requirements/Fail (CR/F) basis. This grade is not included in the calculation of the grade point average.

Once students are registered in a Co-operative Education/Internship course (i.e., have accepted a placement), they are committed and expected to fulfill their commitment. If the placement accepted is for more than one four-month work term, students are registered in the appropriate number of Co-operative Education/Internship courses and are committed to complete all of them.

Students cannot withdraw from a Co-operative Education/Internship course (or leave a work term/placement) without permission from both Co-operative Education/Internship Program Office and the Faculty. (See 2.8 Withdrawal Policies.)

Transfer Credit for Co-operative Education/Internship Courses

Students transferring to the University of Calgary from another university, or transferring from one program to another, should consult with the faculty regarding possible transfer credits. To receive a degree with "Co-operative Education" students must complete a minimum of one four month work term under the University of Calgary. Some faculties may require more than the minimum of one work term and each faculty determines the maximum number of transfer credits allowed.

To receive a degree with "Internship" designation students must complete a minimum of twelve consecutive months of work while enrolled in the University of Calgary Engineering Internship Program.

Credit by Special Assessment

Students who feel that they have previous relevant work experience and who wish to receive formal university credit may apply for credit "by special assessment". Students should consult THEIR FACULTY CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION/INTERNSHIP OFFICE for instructions regarding the application and review process. Prior work experience will be evaluated by the faculty in which the student is registered. Students granted credit "by special assessment" will be assessed the course fees for Co-operative Education/Internship courses. Note: special assessment is not available for the Engineering Internship Program.