COVID-19 Student FAQ

Will the Co-op Office still be open now that most classes are in-person?

Yes, as of August 16th, 2021, the Co-op Office will be open for in-person and online appointments.

How can I get in touch with my Coordinator?

We are available by email or phone as usual. Visit our contact page to get in touch.

Can I still request an appointment with my Coordinator?

Yes. You can sign up in SCOPE or email your Coordinator directly.

General Information on COVID-19

You can do your part in minimizing the potential spread of the virus by:

  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Staying home if you feel sick
  • Avoiding those who are presenting with flu-like symptoms
  • Practicing social distancing, and maintaining regular health routines like sleeping enough, eating healthy and exercising
  • It’s important to have up-to-date and accurate health information so that fear isn’t generated by incorrect information
  • Bookmark and check the UBC website for updates on university operations

Financial Aid

Mental Health Wellness

  • Here2Talk - free, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7
  • Empower Me at 1-844-741-6389 (toll free, 24 hours, multilingual, free counselling sessions)
  • UBC Student Services - see Health & Wellbeing

For Co-ops currently working on work terms

I want to Work From Home (WFH) but my company will not allow it. What should I do?

Contact your Coordinator about your concerns. We encourage you to have a discussion with your co-op supervisor. If a mutual agreement cannot be reached, you may want to ask for time off without pay.

I am concerned and feel stressed and isolated. What can I do?

It’s normal to feel worried, stressed, overwhelmed or sad. Stay connected with your friends and co-workers using various online methods such as Skype, Zoom, and phone.

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I am abroad right now, am I able to do a work term?

Please review the information available on the UBC Safety Abroad website, and consult your co-op coordinator immediately to discuss your options.

For Co-ops searching for jobs

Are the length of work terms being adjusted during the pandemic? 

Postions that are less than 420 hours minimum may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please discuss with your coordinator. 

I am currently looking for jobs and have potential interviews. How should I schedule/re-schedule my interviews?

The sign up process will be the same as before. Most interviews are being scheduled to be conducted remotely via telephone or teleconference, however some may be in person following current health and safety recommendations. If you are contacted by the employer directly, please keep the Co-op office and your Coordinator informed of your interview date and time. Contact your coordinator or our office if you have any questions, or need help and support.

I'm concerned my offer will be cancelled, what do I do?

Reach out to your Coordinator to discuss further. 

I'm concerned about the pandemic, can I delay my job search to later term (e.g. September)?

Yes, this is a possibility but please speak with your Coordinator about co-op schedule changes.