International Students

International Students are welcome to apply for the Arts Co-op program during our annual intake each September.

Eligibility requirements are the same for all undergraduate Arts students, including international students.

To view a full list of requirements and application steps, view the Apply for Co-op page.

Competing for Co-op Jobs

Landing a co-op position is a competitive process, just like it is in the “real world.” With the training and support we provide, students have a high rate of success in securing co-op jobs. This is particularly true for those who work hard and persist, as you can expect to apply to 20-30 jobs and attend multiple interviews to obtain your first co-op position.

Please keep this in mind when making decisions about your participation in the program and feasibility given your personal circumstances.

This means that you’ll need to be strategic about when you apply, particularly for summer jobs. In 2019, the percentage of summer jobs open to international students followed this trend:

  • January: 71%
  • February: 71%
  • March: 67%
  • April*: 49%
  • May*: 51%

*Federally funded jobs, which are unavailable to international students, are mostly posted in April and May.

Plan to apply to as many jobs as you can from January through March to take advantage of a greater proportion of positions open to you.

Eligibility for Positions

Certain sectors have different considerations for international students:

  • Non-Profit: In the summer terms, many non-profit organizations rely on federal wage subsidies to fund their student positions, which international students would not be eligible for. There will still be some non-profit positions that are not federally funded and would be open to you but expect that there will be more non-profit opportunities that you’d be eligible for in the fall and winter terms.
  • Government: International students are eligible for the vast majority of municipal and provincial government positions, and typically not eligible for federal government positions.
  • Private Businesses: International students are eligible for the vast majority of jobs in the private sector.

Stats on Eligibility

In 2019, these were the percentage of jobs that were open to international students.

84%

Winter 2019

62%

Summer 2019

83%

Fall 2019

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