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In November 2021, we announced the University of Waterloo's Powering Change program. Through this program, Waterloo students can apply to earmarked international work-integrated learning (iWIL) experiences with monetary awards attached to help overcome the barriers they may face to participating.

From January 2022 to March 2025, the program will offer 65+ iWIL experiences in more than 20 non-traditional international locations. These experiences will be available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are Indigenous, have accessibility needs or face income barriers.

The Powering Change program is funded by Global Skills Opportunity (GSO), the Government of Canada’s outbound mobility program, which will provide eligible students with the following awards:

  • $1,000 awards for virtual Powering Change iWIL experiences
  • $10,000 awards for in-person Powering Change iWIL experience

Please note: These opportunities and awards are available to co-op students for co-op credit, as well as regular students via several campus partners.

To learn more about how to apply and what to expect if you're chosen, review the information below. If you have questions at any point, please contact the program coordinator at