There are specific criteria that you must meet if your job is to be approved as an international work term.
If you want to do an international work term, you must:
- be in good standing with the Co-operative Education Programs
- have already completed at least one CO-OP work term
- have your CO-OP work term approved by the CO-OP Programs; to qualify as an international CO-OP work term, the job must:
- be related to your program of studies
- be full time
- be 13-16 weeks in length
- be paid
- be in a safe location as determined by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, www.voyages.gc.ca, and by the University of Ottawa's International Office. (Note: Your familiarity with the city/country does not outweigh the DFAIT rating system and the International Office's recommendation.)
Note: Some exceptions can be made to certain requirements.
Note: Students in the Faculty of Social Sciences Those who want Faculty course credits for their international work term must obtain written permission from the CO-OP Programs and provide it to the Faculty of Social Sciences. This is important for the work-study sequence.
Additionally, you must:
- complete a pre-departure session; note that your eligibility for international mobility bursaries depends on your attendance at a pre-departure training session; remember that bursaries are possible only for non-paid work terms
- purchase adequate travel insurance that includes unlimited repatriation (we recommend Maritime Travel, www.maritimetravel.ca); note that coverage with your parents' work insurance is not accepted
- sign a Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumptions of Risks, Authorization and Indemnity Agreement
- complete the International CO-OP Work Term Emergency Contacts form
- provide a copy of your travel itinerary
- provide e-mail copy of travel registration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, www.voyages.gc.ca
- as appropriate, provide copies of your work visa or permit; some students may have to secure letters of permission from the CO-OP Programs
- receive and carry the CO-OP 24-hour Emergency Contact Number business card
- upon arrival, immediately complete the on-site visit information in the COOP Navigator with your work details and send the CO-OP Office an e-mail confirming that you have safely arrived; if the on-site visit information is not completed and we do not receive an e-mail confirming your safe arrival within 30 days of your work term start date, the CO-OP Office will call your emergency contacts.
- Prior to returning home, have a Letter of Good Standing completed by your employer. [Microsoft Word Template]
Remember: The CO-OP Office is here to offer you support through individual consultation and planning with a professional development specialist.
Please note that meeting with a professional development specialist is mandatory if you choose to "conduct your own" job search. More information