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Alternating Study and Internships

In fall 2017, the Université de Sherbrooke launched a pilot project to open certain co-op programs to international students. Subject to their obtaining the appropriate work permit, this pilot project allows selected students to complete one or more paid internships as part of their curriculum.

What Is COOP at UdeS?

The Université de Sherbrooke was the first university to incorporate the co-op system into its programs over 50 years ago. Its program is the most renowned in Quebec and ranks second in Canada for its scope.

Co-op programs allow students to alternate 15-week trimesters of study with 15-week trimesters of work experience. Depending on their program of study, students who opt for the co-op program complete 3 to 5 paid internships in companies or research laboratories in Sherbrooke or elsewhere in Quebec and in the world. And the University finds the internships for them! Students earn an average of C$10,000 per internship and gain a year of work experience in their field of study before graduation.

Example of a Co-Op Study Pathway

Each academic year is divided into three 15-week trimesters:

  • Fall (September to December)
  • Winter (January to April)
  • Summer (May to August)

The pathway varies depending on whether you start your program in the fall or winter.

Legend: S = Study session W = Work internship

    1st year                     2nd year                 3rd year                4th year

FAL  WIN  SUM      FAL   WIN   SUM      FAL  WIN  SUM      FAL WIN

S-1   S-2   W-1        S-3    W-2    S-4       W-3   S-5    W-4      S-6    –

 –      S-1     –          S-2    W-1    S-3       W-2   S-4    W-3      S-5   S-6

The Process

The first step is to check the list below to see if the program of study that interests you is included in the pilot project. If so, you simply submit a regular application for admission, making sure to select the co-op program on the admission form.

During your first trimester of study, the Université de Sherbrooke's internship and professional development department will help you update your CV and prepare for your interviews. This is because you can apply for more than one job and have more than one interview before being hired by an employer. Once hired, you will be an integral part of their team and carry out real tasks adapted to your level of knowledge.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants must meet the general admission requirements and the specific requirements of the co-op program they have chosen.
  • In addition to these requirements, admitted students have to take preparatory training for the cooperative internship to familiarize themselves with Quebec's distinctive features. They will then be invited to follow the cooperative pathway, composed of capsules, quizzes, and informative courses to help them prepare their CV, cover letter, and interviews. This training must be completed stay in the co-op program and obtain an internship.
  • Students must have a valid co-op work permit and study permit.

Getting a Work Permit for an Internship

  • Be part of a co-op or internship program.
  • The job must be certified as part of the curriculum by an institutional official.
  • Have a letter from the Université de Sherbrooke confirming that all students in your program must complete work internships in order to graduate.
  • Have a valid co-op work permit and study permit.
  • Co-op or internship employment does not constitute more than 50% of the total curriculum.

If you are eligible, you must apply online for a work permit for internships (free of charge). This permit will be issued with the Université de Sherbrooke as the employer (this does not mean that you will be restricted to on-campus employment for your internship). This type of work permit allows you to complete the work placement you need to fulfill your degree requirements. This work permit is closed since it cannot be used for other types of employment.

These areas include settings where staff are in contact with vulnerable individuals, clinical laboratory workers, and others. For more information, see the non-exhaustive list of cases requiring a medical examination.

Note: Due to COVID-19, the offices of some panel physicians (with whom the specific exam must be made) might be closed. The student will need to stay in contact with the panel physician's office to verify what their options are.

This work permit is usually requested at the same time as the study permit. It can also be applied for at a later date, provided that the work permit is obtained in time for the start of the internship.

  1. Open a secure IRCC account: Register with the GCKey or a sign-in partner.
  2. Click on "Apply to come to Canada."
  3. Scan and upload all relevant documents after completing the questionnaire.

Note: Processing times may vary due to the pandemic. The time for processing applications can be checked.

Why Choose the Co-Op Approach?

  • Enrich your CV with concrete experience and accumulate a year or more of experience even before the end of your studies.
  • Gain experience in preparing for an interview.
  • Carry out actual projects related to your field of study.
  • Confirm your interest in your field of study.
  • Develop your skills and professional qualities.
  • Receive an average salary of $10,000 per internship, depending on field and location.
  • Develop a network of useful contacts for your future job search.

For More Information

  • Contact the person in charge of the program if you have questions about admission or eligibility.
  • For questions about internship placement and the process of obtaining a mandatory work permit, please contact the internship and professional development department.

List of Study Programs Offered

Thirty-four study programs are part of the pilot project and a limited number of seats are allocated for each, subject to internship availability.

Faculté / École / CentreNom du programme d'études / cheminementNombre de places offertes
CUFEB. études de l'environnement1
École de gestionB.A.A. -  comptabilité5
École de gestionB.A.A. - Gestion des ressources humaines5
École de gestionB.A.A. - finance3
École de gestionB.A.A. - management3
École de gestionB.A.A. - Marketing3
École de gestionB.A.A. - Entrepreunariat1
École de gestionB.A.A. en gestion des technologies d'affaires3
École de gestionB. économique3
École de gestionÉconomique (maîtrise)1
École de gestionMBA - Gestion des entreprises3
Faculté de génieB. génie mécanique5
Faculté de génieB. génie informatique5
Faculté de génieB. génie robotique1
Faculté de génieB. génie électrique3
Faculté de génieB. génie chimique5
Faculté de génieB. génie civil3
Faculté de génieB. génie biotechnologique3
Faculté de génieB. génie du bâtiment1
FMSSB. biochimie de la santé3
FMSSB. pharmacologie1
FLSHCommunication appliquée - rédaction3
FLSHB. géomatique appliquée à l'environnement2
FLSHSciences géographiques (maîtrise)2
FLSHCommunication appliquée - communication (502)1
FLSHB. études anglaises et interclturelles1
Faculté des sciencesB. sciences du multimédia et du jeu vidéo5
Faculté des sciencesB. informatique5
Faculté des sciencesB. informatique de gestion5
Faculté des sciencesB. biologie moléculaire et cellulaire3
Faculté des sciencesB. chimie5
Faculté des sciencesB. chimie pharmaceutique5
Faculté des sciencesB. microbiologie3
Faculté des sciencesBiologie générale1
Faculté des sciencesB. physique1
Faculté des sciencesB. écologie1
Faculté des sciencesB. mathématiques1
Faculté des sciencesM. génie logiciels.o.
FSAPB. kinésiologie1

Programmes avec stages déjà ouverts aux internationaux 

Faculté / École / CentreNom du programme d'études / cheminementNombre de places offertes
CUFEM. en environnement 
Faculté des sciencesM. en génie logiciel 
Faculté des sciencesM. en informatique 

Last update : August 7 2020