Working Abroad FAQ

Who is responsible for living and travel costs?
Will employers pay for my passport, employment authorization, and health insurance?
How much would living costs be?
What kinds of jobs are available?
How do I find a job?
Is financial assistance available?
What is the interview process like?
The country I want to work in does not have any positions posted on the intranet. What do I do?
Am I eligible for Co-op abroad?
Why go international? What will I get from this experience?
I already found a job. What do I do?
Do I need a work visa?
How long are most work terms abroad?
How will site visits be conducted?
How long will it take to get a passport?
What are the students' responsibilities during the work term abroad?

Who is responsible for living and travel costs?

In most cases, the employer is responsible for most parts of the expenses while the student is responsible for the rest. However, this may vary from case to case. The best way to know is to ask the employer whether they are responsible for accommodation and travel costs.It is important to clarify this important information before you make your departure.

Will employers pay for my passport, employment authorization, and health insurance?

Most employers will provide some sort of assistance will the application process for employment authorization. This varies from employer to employer. Once again, the employer is the best person to ask.

How much would living costs be?

Cost of living depends on the host country's living conditions and purchasing power of its currency. To find how about how much your trip would cost, do some preliminary research online.

What kinds of jobs are available?

Read about the Sample Positions our former students have held and you will have a good understanding of the kinds of jobs you can expect for an international work term. But keep in mind, these are just samples, there are plenty of other exciting opportunities waiting for you.

How do I find a job?

There are several ways of finding a job abroad that’s right for you. Read more about how to search for an international work term at Methods of Job Search. International job search usually is a longer process than domestic job search, so start early.

Is financial assistance available?

Financial assistance for work terms abroad is not common. However, with some hard work, it is possible to find methods to financially support your trip abroad. Find out more at Financial Awards and Assistance.

What is the interview process like?

International interviews will usually take the form of telephone interviews. Sometimes, if the company has a Canadian branch, an interview may take place at the company location with a domestic manager, or with the manager abroad via teleconference.

The country I want to work in does not have any positions posted on the intranet. What do I do?

The Co-op Office is still working on expanding the list of international employer postings. If you do not see a Co-op Posting of the countries you are interested in, stay positive and work on finding an international position through other methods. To learn about the many other options you have on obtaining an international work term, visit our Find a Job section.

Am I eligible for Co-op abroad?

To be eligible for a work term abroad, you must be a student in the Management Co-op Program) Eligible and seeking a work term) Authorized to work abroad.

Why go international? What will I get from this experience?

There is a whole world of benefits to gain. To read more about how you can benefit from a work term abroad, read: Why Go Abroad?

I already found a job. What do I do?

Congratulations! Head to the Position is Secured section to learn about next steps you need to take.

Do I need a work visa?

If you are not a citizen of the host country, you will require employment authorization to work in the country. Check with the Toronto embassy or consulate of the host country ahead of time.

How long are most work terms abroad?

Like regular work terms at home, most work terms are 4 months to 8 months. Employers tend to prefer 8-month work terms, as it is very expensive for employers to hire international students and they would like to retain the students for a longer period of time.

How will site visits be conducted?

Due to geographic limitations, site visits will not be conducted by coordinators physically. Site visits will take the form of telephone calls or emails to follow on your progress abroad.

How long will it take to get a passport?

The waiting time for passport application is usually around 3 weeks depending on the total number of passport applications. However, the sooner you apply, the sooner your application will be processed - so don't delay.

What are the students' responsibilities during the work term abroad?

Responsibilities of working abroad are different from responsibilities studying abroad. To read more about this, see Responsibilities Working vs. Studying.