International Co-op

What is International Co-op?


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International Co-op provides students with a unique opportunity to travel the world, while gaining experience in the workplace. Having this experience as an undergraduate is impressive to employers and makes your resume more competitive after graduation.

During an International Co-op placement you will have the chance to learn a foreign language, develop your skills, and travel the world. More importantly, International Co-op serves as professional and personal growth experience by forcing you to adapt to a new cultural environment. Students have been participating in International Co-op since 1993.

Note: Due to Covid-19 Government of Canada and SFU international travel restrictions, approval of International Co-op work terms are limited. Please contact for updates or if you have any questions. 

Who can participate?

To be eligible for an International Co-op work term, you must be a student registered in an undergraduate or graduate program at SFU, and be accepted into your Co-op Program (i.e. Business, Communication, Science).

International/Visa students already registered in an undergraduate or graduate program at SFU are also eligible to participate. If you are an international/visa student at SFU and would like to participate in a local (Canadian) work term, please contact your Co-op Program Coordinator or the International Co-op Coordinator at

Student Experiences

Hear reflections about working abroad and see unique footage captured by students. Everyone has a story to tell.

International Co-op Blog on the OLC

Read the latest International Co-op stories on Our Learning Community (OLC) and get tips on resumes, interviews and more! Do you have stories and advice to share?