International Opportunities

Spend a Work Term Abroad

Enhance your co-op experience with an international work placement. Meet new people, experience a new culture, and create lasting memories while building your resume.

Opportunities are available around the world: where will you go?

Where Do I Start?

Begin doing your research before your intended start date as international opportunity deadlines can be months in advance. You may want to consider:

  • Start your planning with the Education Abroad Advising team about a program that’s right for you! Alternatively, discuss with an Employer Relationship Manager on how an opportunity might fit in with your academic/co-op plan, if it’s a placement you found on your own or via campusBRIDGE.
  • Check on entry and travel requirements. (e.g.: passport, visa, vaccinations, insurance, funds, other relevant documents etc.) Review what documentation is required to legally work in the country where you are looking to go abroad. Contact the Foreign Embassy or Consulate depending on the destination you’re interested in.
  • Understand the impact of working abroad and how it may affect your existing personal relationships (e.g.: family members, children, significant others, etc.)
  • Find out the effects on your current living situation and financial obligations (e.g.: mortgages, loans, rent, transportation, expenses, benefits etc.)
  • Determine a budget on how much you can afford living abroad (e.g.: living arrangements, transportation costs, food, tuition etc.)
  • You may qualify for available Awards and Funding. See how your current loans, scholarships, and financial aid may be affected.
  • Be aware of your own health limitations. (e.g.: well-being, physical health, mental health, medical aid abroad, insurance, social environment etc.)
  • Evaluate safety abroad and any travel advisories related to COVID-19.

UAlberta International Opportunities

University of Alberta: Go Abroad

Government of Canada International Internships

The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)

Aachen University Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Aga Khan University International Internship Program

Alberta-Saxony Internship Program (ASiiA)

Canada-Japan Co-op Program

Chemical & Materials Internships

DAAD/RISE Research Internships in Science and Engineering

Ludwig Maximilians Universitat Internship

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

I’ve Found an International Co-op Placement

If you’ve found an international co-op placement, please reach out to Employer Relationship Manager - Amanda Tam ( with the details related to your placement including: Company Name, Supervisor Contact, Position Title & Job Description, Location, Start Date/End Date, Salary and Hours Per Week.

You may need to work with your employer/host organization to determine what documentation is required to legally work abroad.

Safety & Security

All students undertaking international travel must complete the Safety and Security requirements outlined by University of Alberta International (UAI). Requirements must be completed at least three weeks prior to travel to allow for review and approval. Contact if you have any questions related to the UAI risk management requirements.


Last update: October 13, 2022