Co-op for international students

Engineering co-op student
Pramuk Ponpitpitak (mechanical engineering), an international co-op student from Thailand, managed quality control and elevator traffic research for Island Health at Royal Jubilee Hospital on his work term.

If you’re an international student, joining the co-op program will let you gain paid work experience while you complete your UVic degree in Canada! You can apply for any co-op jobs posted for your program, including our range of international opportunities.

WHAT IS CO-OP? Learn about co-op for general information about how co-op works, salaries, fees and more.

Work and study permit information

The permits you'll need

As an international student at UVic, you must have a co-op work permit before you can legally work as a co-op student in Canada.

You also need a current study permit that’s valid throughout the length of your work term. If your current study permit expires before you complete your degree, you may extend it at the same time as you apply for a work permit on the same application.

Note: Your co-op work permit is not the same as an off-campus work permit. It can only be used for co-op work terms that are part of your degree program.

How to apply for a co-op work permit

When to apply 

Processing times for work permit applications made to the Canadian government can vary widely over the course of a year, please check current processing times and apply for your work permit as early as possible to avoid possible delays.

How to apply

Step 1:

To complete a co-op work permit application, one of the supporting documents you will need is a Co-op (Evidence of Work Requirement in Study) Letter stating that the work experience is an essential part of your program of study.

To get a Co-op Letter:

  1. Complete a Request for a Co-op Letter form the UVic Co-op and Career Website.
  2. Submit your Request for a Co-op Letter to your Co-op Office.

Within 3 to 5 business days, you will receive an email message with an electronic copy of the Co-op Letter.

 

Step 2:

Instructions and requirements for a Co-op Work Permit application are available on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a confidential number that you require before you begin any paid position. Your employer will need this number to pay you, and for income tax reporting purposes. International students are able to apply for a SIN. Please review “What You Need Before You Apply

If you do not have a SIN from Service Canada yet, you need to have one before your work term begins. Please follow the instructions.

 

For support and guidance with your co-op work permit application or SIN, contact International Student Services (issinfo@uvic.ca)

For additional information, please visit the Working in Canada website.          

 

Step 3:

Upon receiving your Co-op Work Permit, send an electronic copy to your Co-op Office.

 

TIP: Find useful video tutorials and frequently asked questions from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Need help?

For help with your co-op work permit, please contact International Student Services at issinfo@uvic.ca. International business co-op students can contact gsbimmigration@uvic.ca.

Extend your study permit or co-op work permit

Step 1:

To complete a co-op work permit extension, one of the supporting documents you will need is a Co-op (Evidence of Work Requirement in Study) Letter stating that the work experience is an essential part of your program of study.

To get a Co-op Letter:

  1. Complete a Request for a Co-op Letter form from the UVic Co-op and Career Website.
  2. Submit your Request for a Co-op Letter to your Co-op Office.

Within 3 to 5 business days, you will receive an email message with an electronic copy of the Co-op Letter.

 

Step 2:

Instructions and requirements for a Co-op Work Permit and Study Permit extension are available on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a confidential number that you require before you begin any paid position. Your employer will need this number to pay you, and for income tax reporting purposes. International students are able to apply for a SIN. Please apply to extend your SIN.

For support and guidance with your co-op work permit application or SIN, contact International Student Services (issinfo@uvic.ca)

For additional information, please visit the Working in Canada website.          

 

Step 3:

Upon receiving your Co-op Work Permit, send an electronic copy to your Co-op Office.

 

TIP: Find useful video tutorials and frequently asked questions from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Need help?

For help with your co-op work permit, please contact International Student Services at . International business co-op students can contact gsbimmigration@uvic.ca.

Contact the international coordinator