We encourage international students to participate in the Co-op experience. However, international students are required to have the appropriate work permit prior to applying for any positions.
NOTE: You must be already registered in a degree program at SFU to participate in Co-operative Education.
The Co-op and relevant work permit process is simple and free; however, it can take up to ten weeks to be processed. It is important to begin the process well in advance.
Step 1: Once you have applied and been accepted in to the Co-op program, contact the Co-op Coordinator in your program and request a letter stating that you are participating in the Co-op Program at SFU.
Step 2 : Please read this important information regarding co-op work permits. After reviewing this information you should contact SFU International to meetwith an International Student Advisor for additional information. Prior to sending your application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, International Student Advisors will review your co-op work permit application to ensure you have completed the document properly.
Step 3: Obtain a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada's website. You can also contact SFU International for more information.
NOTE: Your work permit is only valid for jobs arranged through our Co-op department. There are fines and other ramifications involved if you work in off-campus positions without the proper documentation.