Canadians: Work and travel abroad with International Experience Canada

International Experience Canada (IEC) offers you a unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience while travelling abroad. As a Canadian youth aged 18-35, you can choose from one of three categories depending on where you would like to go:

Working Holiday

The work portion of your trip lets you gain experience and earn money to pay for your travels. It’s a great way to make a little money while you see the world.

Young Professionals

Widen your career horizons. Learn new approaches to doing business. Experience a different country and gain language skills. Work on teams from diverse cultural backgrounds.

International Co-op (Internship)

Gain valuable work experience related to your field of study while you do your co-op work placement or internship abroad.

Why you should work abroad

Travelling and working in a foreign country broadens your perspective of the world. It gives you the opportunity to:

  • experience different cultures,
  • learn new languages, and
  • meet people from all walks of life.

On a professional level, research shows that youth with international experience tend to be less likely to experience unemployment because of the personal and professional skills and experience they have gained.

Need a little extra help finding or planning your trip?

A lot of planning goes into travelling and working abroad. A Recognized Organization (RO) can help you plan your trip or find work. They can also help you travel to countries that aren’t partner countries. Remember that ROs offer their services for a fee.

Where would you like to go?

Available categories

    How to apply

    To be eligible for any category, you must meet the criteria set out by the country of destination.

    Note: Foreign embassies may use different names for each category.

    Need help planning your trip?

    You may also apply to IEC through a Recognized Organization. These organizations provide support and advice throughout the process.

    Refer to the Help Centre for answers to commonly asked questions about IEC and the application process.

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