Work-Integrated Learning

Work-integrated learning is a model and process of curricular experiential education which formally and intentionally integrates a student’s academic studies within a workplace or practice setting. WIL experiences include an engaged partnership of at least: an academic institution, a host organization and a student. WIL can occur at the course or program level and includes the development of learning outcomes related to employability, personal agency and life-long learning. (CEWIL Canada, 2018).


Work-integrated learning (WIL) is an educational partnership between University College of the North, students and you — employers. We provide you with skilled and job-ready employees from more than 40 programs in various industry sectors.


For students, WIL opportunities provide hands-on experience before graduation. These opportunities range in length and frequency, based on program of study. Cooperative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada, has identified the following benefits of WIL participation:


For Students:

  • Apply your classroom learning
  • Develop valuable workplace skills
  • Network with professionals from your industry
  • Earn money to help with tuition costs
  • Explore different career opportunities
  • Receive guidance and assistance with your job search


For Industry/Employers:

  • Students bring new ideas, fresh perspectives, and enthusiasm to the workplace.
  • WIL programs offer access to diversely talented and highly motivated students and sometimes aid in vetting students before the hiring process begins, which reduces recruiting costs.
  • WIL students are short-term employees, which can be helpful to businesses in temporary times of need.
  • WIL students can work on a wide range of assignments, from specific projects to general support.


For Faculty and Universities:

•    WIL programs attract top-quality, well-motivated students, which leads to increased enrollment.

•    WIL students improve the institution’s visibility and reputation through their interactions with the community.

•    Institutions gain information on current research and development in employer sectors, which leads to collaboration opportunities.

•    Institutions receive feedback from employers on the quality and relevance of program curriculum.


UCN offers the following work-integrated learning post-secondary programs. For more information, please refer to the UCN Academic calendar.


Aboriginal and Northern Counselling Skills

Automotive Technician

Bachelor of Arts Four-Year* WIL option- COMING SOON

Bachelor of Arts Three-Year* WIL option- COMING SOON

Bachelor of Business Administration

Bachelor of Education (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education Integrated Stream)

Bachelor of Education (Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Bachelor of Education Integrated Stream)

Bachelor of Education After-Degree

Bachelor of Nursing

Carpentry Wood/Working

Community Economic Development

Culinary Arts

Diploma in Practical Nursing

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Workplace Program

Early Learning and Child Care Post Diploma Certificate

Educational Assistant

Electrical Trades Fundamentals

Facilities Technician

Health Care Aide

Heavy Duty Mechanics

Industrial Welding

Joint Primary Care Paramedic

Law Enforcement

Office Assistant


University College of the North is a member of Cooperative Education and Work-Integrated Learning  (CEWIL) Canada.  To learning more about work-integrated learning, please visit:


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