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Above: Venice scene by Jason Voll, Software Engineering (taken while on work term in Austria)
To begin, review the qualifications to determine if you’re eligible to work abroad.
Before you take any steps towards 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.
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:
To arrange your own job, you can:
Because international co-op positions typically will not cover your travel expenses or allow you to save for the coming academic term, consider the awards through Student Awards and Financial Aid. SAFA has a database you can review to see what awards might apply to you. Please contact SAFA directly with any questions.
Brock University has a list of external funding opportunities that might be applicable to you. The site also lists the AUCC-prepared list of funding sources for international collaboration. CECA and SAFA staff cannot answer any questions related to these opportunities. Please do your own research, and apply for those that might be applicable to you.
The opportunities below are 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 six requirements of an arranged-own job’ on the page. 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 a job information form with the details. The job as your co-op employment will be confirmed only after the job has been approved and verified.
CECA will not grant co-op credit retroactively for any of these opportunities.
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