Considering an International Work Term
Completing a work term abroad is an exciting opportunity for co-op students, with prior co-op representation hailing from companies in Mexico, England, the U.S.A., Germany and Hong Kong.
While some international opportunities will be posted through CSM, most students have found jobs abroad through effective personal networking. If you think that working internationally is something that you would like to pursue, we’re happy to provide support and resource suggestions to assist with your job search.
Here’s a recommended timeline if you’re considering going abroad:
As soon as possible:
- Speak with your Student Development Coordinator or Work Term Engagement Coordinator about your interest in international work terms. They can provide additional support and resources to help you network and find jobs.
- Review information on the Safety Abroad Website and UTSC's International Student Centre.
8-12 months before your anticipated work term:
- Start networking and seeking jobs. This allows for ample time to secure the necessary travel documents such as work permits, visas, passports, etc.
At least eight weeks before your departure:
- Attend a mandatory international orientation session.
- Secure your travel documentation, including work permits, visas, passports, etc. This documentation is time consuming and can often require a long wait time so you should begin the process at least eight weeks before your departure.
- Complete your portion in the Safety Abroad Database so that the Dean's Office and the University's Safety Abroad Office has up-to-date information about where you will be.
You’re strongly encouraged to complete your first work term in Canada so that we can provide our hands-on local support in case you need it. Once you have successfully completed a work term here, you’ll be well prepared to confidently take on jobs abroad.
Before applying for work terms outside of Canada, please check the acceptance guidelines and requirements with the Co-op Office. Completion of an Interest in an International Work Term Form is required and students are responsible for becoming familiar with the resources outlined on pages 31-33 of the Co-op Student Success Guide 2019-2020.
Considering a work term outside of the GTA?
The Co-op Relocation Grant is a financial award of $250 available to Arts & Science Co-op students who secure a work term outside of the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (GTHA).