Prospective Students

Bachelor of Tourism Management Co-operative Education

Benefits of a Co-op

  • Co-op combines academic study with alternate work experiences
  • Co-op affords students opportunities to apply academic knowledge to a work place environment
  • Co-ops are paid experiences, most often during the summer months
  • Co-ops provide students with opportunities to apply skills and gain new skills
  • Co-ops are a great way to explore career areas and explore different career paths
  • Co-ops provide students with experiences that give them a competitive edge when going out into the work force
  • Co-ops provide students with valuable networking opportunities that are often unavailable to other job seekers
  • Co-ops provide students with opportunities to influence their work place by bringing new ideas, energy and enthusiasm

Requirements and How to Apply

Entrance into the Tourism Studies Program; two (2) co-op work experiences are required for the diploma and three (3) co-op experiences are required for the degree.

More Information

Co-op Coordinator

Brook Pearce,

Tourism and Recreation Website

VIU Department of Recreation and Tourism

Tourism Studies Program

VIU Tourism Studies Diploma Program

Department Chair

Dr. Aggie Weighill,

"As a Bachelor of Tourism Management student, I had the opportunity to apply my education through 3 unique tourism focused co-op work terms and as a result of my final experience I was hired.  What is really fantastic, is that as a new BTM graduate, I now serve as a Partner in Learning for a 3rd year VIU co-op student!"

Caitlin Woon, VIU Bachelor of Tourism Management Graduate