CO-OP Mobility

Bring home a backpack full of experience


Are you interested in gaining work experience outside the Ottawa region? Do you want to discover the world or cities like Vancouver, Toronto or Halifax?

If you like challenges, the CO-OP Program can provide the perfect opportunity for a truly rewarding experience! Each year, many students do CO-OP placements both in other parts of Canada and in all four corners of the world.

By completing a CO-OP work term in Canada or abroad, you'll develop unique skills and really broaden your horizon. In addition to greatly enhancing your resumé, these placements show future employers you are ambitious and adapt well to change. 

Do you qualify for an international placement?

If you want to do an international work term, you must:

  1. be in good standing with the Co-operative Education Programs
  2. have already completed at least one CO-OP work term
  3. have your CO-OP work term approved by the CO-OP Programs; to qualify as an international CO-OP work term, the job must:

Note: Some exceptions can be made to certain requirements.

Take this test to find out if you are ready for an international work term.

Students in the Faculty of Social Sciences 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. 

Prepare for your international placement

Step 1: Attend international mobility salon.

Considering an international work term? Then this information session is a must! Given the challenges with securing an international work term, it is advised that you attend the session scheduled approximately nine months prior to your expected departure.

Step 2: Attend an individual meeting with one of our specialists to get help finding a placement abroad.

After attending the information session, the next step is to meet with a CO-OP professional development specialist.

During this individual consultation you will

  • establish and structure your international job search plan;
  • learn strategies to overcome the typical challenges with an international job search;
  • connect with a CO-OP mentor that has completed an international work term;
  • establish a schedule to meet regularly with your CO-OP professional development specialist.
  • learn how to go about completing the online international mobility training.

Step 3: Explore ways to pay for your trip.

Look into possibilities for funding, including any scholarships and bursaries you may be eligible for.

Step 4: Complete the online international mobility training.

Step 5: Pre-departure training

This session is mandatory if you are about to depart on your CO-OP international work term.

During this session you will

  • discuss the online training modules you've completed and
  • receive information and materials on safety and emergency procedures;

Step 6: Social Media

All of your time and preparation is about to pay off as you prepare to leave for the amazing work term experience waiting for you.

We invite you to join the CO-OP LinkedIn group and the CO-OP Mobility sub-group to connect with members who have lived similar experiences and to ask any questions you may have.

Follow us and join in the conversations on Twitter!

Step 7: Have a good trip! 

Don't forget about those of us still back home!
  • Be sure to follow the steps outlined in the online training you did.
  • Stay in touch with the CO-OP Office (by phone, email, Twitter or LinkedIn) and contact your friends and family regularly.
  • Send us pictures so we can put them up on our photo wall. 
Remember… your adventure isn't over just because you're back!

Step 1: Complete the online post-placement training.

During this session you will learn about reverse-culture shock.

Step 2: CO-OP student abroad post-work term training

Returning from your CO-OP international work term? Then you're ready for the CO-OP student abroad post-work term training hosted by the University of Ottawa International Office.

During this session you will

  • discuss your CO-OP resumé and interviewing skills to best market your new knowledge and experience;
  • share your experiences with other CO-OP students that have completed an international work term.

Step 3: Share your experience!

We would love for you to share your experience with future travellers by participating in different activities related to mobility and by joining the CO-OP LinkedIn group and the CO-OP Mobility sub-group

Placements elsewhere in Canada

To find out about doing a placement in other parts of Canada, attend a national mobility session

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