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Division of Professional Practice

Co-op and International Co-op

What is Co-op?

Cooperative Education (co-op) was developed at the University of Cincinnati (UC) in 1906. Co-op students alternate academic periods with work periods. During work periods, students apply what they've learned in the classroom. Co-op benefits both student and employer--students gain practical experience; employers gain top-quality, young, professional talent.

Most students complete six co-op periods during a five-year academic program to earn a bachelor's degree.

How is International Co-op Different?

International co-op is an extension of the original co-op model, specifically designed for companies operating in a global market. In addition to the standard requirements, students complete a five-month work period outside the U. S. In preparation for this final co-op period, students learn the language and culture of the country in which they will be working.

How it Works

A maximum of 70 students are admitted on a competitive basis to the international program at the end of the first year of study. Additional students can be admitted during the second or third year of their curriculum if space is available. Once admitted, requirements of the program include:

  • more than 300 hours of study in German, Japanese or Spanish and French (mechanical and biomedical engineering only) language, culture, and history
  • four years of education in their field
  • one year of practical work experience in their field, gained through UC co-op periods
  • a ten-week seminar course in preparation for an international work assignment