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

  1. a) If you’re an undergraduate student, go to the Records Office in the University Centre and order a Study Permit Information Letter for Registered Students, which costs $10. 
    b) If you’re a graduate student, go to the Graduate Records Office and order a Study Permit Information Letter, which costs $10.
  2. Print and fill in the Request for Work Authorization Letter (pdf).
  3. Submit (1) and (2) to your co-op office. It will take approximately one week for your co-op letter to be created.
  4. Apply for your co-op work permit through Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  5. When you receive your co-op work permit, bring a copy to the co-op office. You will then be given access to the co-op jobs posted on Learning in Motion.
  6. Apply for your Social Insurance Number (SIN).

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 gsbwelcome@uvic.ca.

Extend your study permit or co-op work permit

  1. a) If you’re an undergraduate student, go to the Records Office in the University Centre and order a Study Permit Information Letter for Registered Students, which costs $10. 
    b) If you’re a graduate student, go to the Graduate Records Office and order a Study Permit Information Letter, which costs $10.
  2. Print and fill in the Request for Work Authorization Letter (pdf).
  3. Submit (1) and (2) to your co-op office with a copy of your current co-op work permit. It will take approximately one week for your co-op letter to be created.
  4. Apply to extend your study permit and/or extend your co-op work permit through Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  5. When you receive your co-op work permit, bring a copy to the co-op office. You will then be given access to the co-op jobs posted on Learning in Motion.
  6. Apply to extend your Social Insurance Number (SIN).

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 gsbwelcome@uvic.ca.

Contact the international coordinator