International students may apply for the co-op program if they meet these criteria:
- Meet and maintain the academic admission criteria for their program (CGPA 2.5 Computer Science, CGPA 2.3 Engineering, CGPA 3.0 Science)
- Have a study permit that is valid until the end of the work term
- Have English language skills: in writing English to create effective resumes and cover letters, and in speaking to communicate effectively in job interviews
- Manage the extra workload of job searching and interviewing during a study term
Co-op Work Permit
International students in the Co-op Program must apply for a Co-op Work Permit through Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The Co-op Work Permit is required for international students to go on co-op work term. If you have not submitted your Co-op Work Permit application or obtained a valid Co-op Work Permit, you will not be able to participate in the co-op job search.
- Valid Study Permit (start the Study Permit renewal process as soon as possible before your first work term)
- Social Insurance Number
- Health insurance
- Valid passport
Advising for International Co-op Students
For advising on co-op issues including resumes, cover letters, interviews, workplace culture, etc., schedule an appointment with Caroline Lodge using myCareer or email.
For advising on Co-op Work Permit information and general issues, contact the International Centre to schedule an appointment with a Student Advisor.
The International Centre offers support and resources for international students, including:
- Housing, apartment and sublet exchange information
- Information sessions on work permits, exchange programs and more
- Socio-cultural competency workshops on communicating with employers and tactics for workplace success