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Co-op for international students

If you’re an international student at UVic, joining the co-op program will let you work for Canadian companies while you complete your UVic degree. You’ll gain valuable, paid work experience and the chance to try a variety of Canadian jobs.

You can participate in co-op if you have a valid study permit.

  • Questions? Contact our international coordinator at 250-721-6076 or intlcoop@uvic.ca.

Co-op jobs
for international students

Co-op jobs

Co-op jobs

Co-op students have access to a variety of co-op positions posted on Learning In Motion (only co-op students can see these postings). Want to join co-op? Find your co-op program and learn how to apply.

Co-op exchanges

Co-op exchanges

UVic has co-op exchange agreements with 16 institutions in 10 countries. We place UVic co-op students in work terms in our partner institutions’ countries, while their co-op students come and work here in Canada. You'll find several options listed below.

Exchange partners

UVic has co-op exchange agreements with several institutions. Through our exchange program, we place UVic co-op students in work terms in our partner institutions’ countries, while their co-op students come to study and/or work in Canada.

Our current co-op exchange partners include:

Faculty of Science

Faculties of Science, Social Sciences and Humanities

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Education

Gustavson School of Business

Faculty of Engineering:

To learn more about any of these co-op exchange options, please contact Co-op and Career's international coordinator at intlcoop@uvic.ca.

CANEU-COOP

We’ve teamed up with the University of Waterloo and two European universities to launch the CANEU-COOP exchange program.

For students looking for exchanges in Canada

For students looking for exchanges in Canada

Are you a student at one of UVic Co-op's partner institutions? Interested in pursuing a co-op work term exchange in Canada? Contact your institution’s co-op coordinator or international office.

If you’re eligible for a co-op exchange, your coordinator will direct you to complete and submit the International Co-op Exchange Application Form. Your coordinator will then send this form to UVic Co-op for further approval.

If you’re accepted into the UVic Co-op Program, we’ll send you an acceptance letter. We’ll also connect you with a UVic co-op coordinator, who will help you find a co-op job in Canada.


Work
regulations

What's required

What's required

As an international student, you must have a Canadian work permit before you can accept a co-op job in Canada.

In order to apply for a work permit, you will first need to obtain a letter of enrolment from your co-op office. Please complete the Request for Work Authorization form and submit it to your co-op office. Once you have this letter, you can apply for your work permit through Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

You can find useful video tutorials on the CIC YouTube channel. You can also find information about the following topics on the CIC website: Study permit | Work permit | Frequently asked questions

It will take 8 to 12 weeks to receive your work permit. Make sure your study permit is valid for the entire length of your work term.

Can co-op staff help you with your application?

Can co-op staff help you with your application?

According to the Government of Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, only authorized representatives are legally permitted to provide immigration advice to international students.  At UVic, some staff at the International Student Services office are certified to provide immigration advice to students.  Please contact the ISS Office at issinfo@uvic.ca and 250-721-6361. 

Work resources for
international students

If you’re not a co-op student, you can still look for a full-time, part-time or casual job. Please see our Working in Canada page for information about these opportunities and other resources on campus.

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