Working Abroad FAQ
In most cases, the employer is responsible for most 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 or not they are responsible for accommodation and travel costs. It is important to clarify this important information before you make your departure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
Congratulations! Head to the Position is Secured section to learn about next steps you need to take.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Responsibilities of working abroad are different from responsibilities studying abroad. To read more about this, see Responsibilities Working vs. Studying.