Working Abroad


Our co-op coordinators provide an exceptional service. From assistance with visas and job descriptions to international orientations for the student, we ensure students are fully prepared to work internationally.  Throughout an international work term, our staff will maintain regular contact with the student and the employer.

Completing a work term abroad allows students to gain international insight while developing their technical skills.  On average, between seven and nine percent of students work internationally in over 20 countries each year.   Details are published in our Year End Reports.

Securing an International Work Term

If you are a current UBC Engineering Co-op Student and would like to begin the International Work Term job search process, please complete the following questionnaire  and you will be contacted within one week of submission by a Co-op Coordinator to discuss your interest in International Co-op.

Successfully securing an international work term requires advanced planning and a strong International Personal Marketing Plan.   Go Global is a key resource at UBC that develops and facilitates international learning opportunities through academic exchange, group study programsresearch and service learning.

For students bound to the USA for a co-op work term, a J1 Visa is required to legally commence work.  For more information on the firm that assists the UBC Engineering Co-op Program with the J1 Visa procurement process please visit Cultural Vistas.  Cultural Vistas is a non-profit organization, providing international exchange opportunities that strengthen global networks, enhance professional skills, and advance mutual understanding in an interconnected world.

The Canada-Japan Co-op Program

The Canada-Japan Coop program is a Canadian university/college based, international co-op/internship program linking some of the best engineering, science, business and arts discipline undergraduate students from across the country with highly committed Japanese businesses.

The Canada-Japan Co-op Program formally integrates an undergraduate student’s Canadian academic studies with valuable work experience in a Japanese company. The program is open to universities and colleges nationally and is currently administered from The University of British Columbia.

If you are a Canadian university or college undergraduate student and are interested in learning more about The Canada-Japan Co-op Program, or if you are an employer in Japan and interested in hiring a student, please contact:


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Faculty of Applied Science
5000-2332 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
UBC Engineering Co-op Program
2385 East Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
Tel: 604-822-3022
Fax: 604-822-3449

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