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Co-op for international students

Working in Canada image - maple leafIf you’re an international student, joining the Co-op Program will let you work for Canadian companies while you complete your UVic degree. You’ll gain valuable work experience, a salary to help pay for your education, and the chance to try a variety of Canadian jobs.

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

Do you have questions about working in Canada? Contact our international coordinator at 250-721-6076 or intlcoop@uvic.ca.

Where you can
work in Canada

Co-op jobs

Co-op jobs

Co-op students have access to a variety of co-op positions posted on our co-op job board.

Want to join co-op? Find out how to apply to your co-op program and learn how co-op can help you.

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.

Through this program, UVic and Waterloo co-op students can travel to the FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences in Austria and the Baden-Wuerttemberg Co-operative State University in Germany. At the same time, their students will come to Canada for academic or co-op work terms through UVic and Waterloo.

If you’re a business or engineering co-op student, you can apply for a $4,500 grant to help cover costs for work terms arranged through this program.

Are you a co-op student from FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences or the Baden-Wurttemberg Co-operative State University? Contact your co-op coordinator or international office to learn more about CANEU-COOP.

Information for students looking for exchanges in Canada

Information 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.


Other job options

Other job options

If you’re not registered in the UVic Co-op Program, you can still look for a full-time, part-time or casual job on Career Services’ online job board, which is open to all UVic students and graduates. To learn more about these jobs, check out our Working in Canada page.

Work permit
information

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. This does not include University of Victoria staff.

Please see UVic's message on this topic.

Working in Canada
after graduation

Working in Canada after graduation

Several government programs can connect you with job opportunities in Canada after you’ve earned your degree. Click on the links below to find out more

Extra
resources

Extra resources

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