Co-op at a Glance

Co-op Placement

  • Full-time work for around 8 months
  • Fully paid by employers
  • Credit Earned
  • Extensive & all-round training, professional matching
  • Implemented by University
  • Forms part of students' transcripts


  • Full-time or part-time, shorter period
  • Paid or unpaid
  • Can be non-credit bearing
  • Provide experience related to a particular major
  • Not necessarily associated with or overseen by University

What's the difference?

Co-op Placement vs Internship

Co-op helps you discover and unleash your potential in three stages:

Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3

Co-op preparatory courses

After securing a place in the Co-op programme, you will participate in a series of bespoke courses and lectures that equip you with the professional skills you need to excel in the workplace, starting with building a compelling personal brand. Experiential workshops and information sessions take place throughout the Co-op Programme to support your continuous development.

Interviews and Job-Matching

During the second stage, you will compete for jobs as you would in the real world. You will attend firm interviews in order to be matched with our broad network of Co-op Partners.

Click to learn more about the job-matching process.

Placement and Assessment

Your Co-op placements are a formal and accredited part of your degree, and a great opportunity for you to jumpstart your career exploration. Your first Co-op placement occurs between May – August 2022, and your second Co-op occurs between September – December 2022. During this period, you will be treated as a regular employee, assigned responsibilities and evaluated just like a regular staff at the company.

To consolidate your work experiences, you will also be asked to undertake continuous reflection exercises upon your key takeaways both personally and professionally, culminating in an actionable self-development plan.

  • Application
  • Screening
  • CUHK Interview
  • Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3

Co-op Schedule


On-campus Study


On-campus Study with Co-op Training


Work Placement


Term Break

Students admitted in Year 3


Students may complete all units of graduation in 4 years, subject to their study plan.

Students admitted in Year 4


Students may complete all units of graduation in 5 years, subject to their study plan.

The vision of Co-op@CUHK is to cater for the unmet needs of the evolving new economy and bridge the knowledge gap between ‘text-book’ theory and ‘real world’ practices.

Professor Alan K.L. ChanProvost of CUHK

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