Finding international job opportunities

Student Paragliding in the french alps

Above: Paragliding in the french alps by Mackenzie Collins, Biomedical Engineering (taken while on work term in France)

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To begin, review the qualifications to determine if you’re eligible to work abroad.

Travel advisory & Global Affairs Canada

Before you take any steps toward arranging a job in a foreign country, no matter what your citizenship, you must be aware of the overall level of security risk of that country issued by Global Affairs Canada. You must review this information first.

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International job search

Start your international job search process by either applying to jobs through WaterlooWorks, or by arranging your own job.

Most international jobs posted in WaterlooWorks are for:

  • jobs in the USA but some are for outside of North America, in locations such as Netherlands, Hong Kong, Dubai, etc.

To arrange your own job, you can:

  • return to a previous employer with global offices
  • connect with family and friends overseas, and leverage your own network of contacts
  • visit the Centre for Career Action for an appointment on "Work Search - Outside Canada"
  • other resources

You will need to have your international employment approved by your student advisor, (or by a career advisor if this is your first work term) before beginning the process for a work permit.

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Financial support

Because international co-op positions typically will not cover your travel expenses or allow you to save for the coming academic term, you may want to consider different awards and grants that might be applicable to your work term:

  1. Awards through Student Awards and Financial Aid. SAFA has several international experience awards you can review to see what awards might apply to you.
    1. You need to submit just one application to be eligible for almost all of them.
    2. Please contact SAFA directly with any questions.
  2. Some external awards:
    1. Cansbridge Fellowship 
    2. Universities Canada
    3. DAAD - Scholarships 
    4. DAAD RISE 
    5. MITACS Global Links
    6. Some points to note:
      1. Contact the agency directly with any questions. CE staff cannot answer specifics of such awards. Please do your own research, and apply for those that might be applicable to you.
      2. Some of these might require applications ahead of the recruitment cycle. Please correspond with the awarding agency
        directly about eligibility and timelines.

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Global Programs and international employment opportunities

There are additional opportunities not advertised on WaterlooWorks.

It is expected that you will do your own research about timelines, acceptance of the job towards co-op credit and application process.

Co-op students who are participating in WaterlooWorks MUST honor all WaterlooWorks match results. Please bear in mind that if you are in the ‘Match’ process, you will be held to the match process over your ‘arranged own job’. Please review procedures for job searches in WaterlooWorks and arranging your own job thoroughly.

Co-op students are responsible for determining if these opportunities are eligible for co-op credit. Review the work term requirements. These international employment opportunities may not be suitable for official co-op credit. Your student advisor (or a career advisor, if you have not yet had a work term) must approve your international co-op job.

Students are responsible for directly applying for these opportunities according to the posted deadline. If you get the job, please follow the arranged own job procedure and submit an 'Arrange own job' form with the details. The job as your co-op employment will be confirmed only after the job has been approved and verified.

Please sign-in to view additional opportunities not available on WaterlooWorks. 

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Waterloo's Powering Change program

Through the University's Powering Change 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.

Visit our webpage to learn more about the University of Waterloo's Powering Change program

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