Deciding Where to Go
The best way to decide where to go is through research. Keep an open mind and talk to your co-op department about where other students have worked abroad in the past.
Here are a few things to consider when selecting a country:
- Weather and geography
- Religion and culture
- History and traditions
- Social norms that may vary between countries
The Government of Canada has an agreement with some countries in order to simplify the work permit process. Visit the website for updated information: http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/abroad.shtml.
You are not limited to these countries and many co-op students have worked abroad in countries not listed above. Your university or college may have agreements with certain countries around the world so it is a good idea to talk with your co-op department about where you would like to work abroad. Also, keep in mind that your co-op department must approve all jobs.
The Government of Canada provides information on travel advisories for countires around the world. Check this website often for current information and updates.