University of Victoria Career Skills

Career skills at the University of Victoria

Getting prepared for an exciting and rewarding career is one of the biggest reasons why international students choose to earn their degree abroad. UVic is highly ranked for preparing career-ready graduates — learn more about how the University will help you build your professional experience and skills.

During your degree

As you progress through your program toward your career, you’ll have access to a wide range of hands-on experiences, resources and services, including one of the largest co-op programs in all of Canada. 

UVic’s Career Services offers all the tools you’ll need to maximize your professional potential. 

While you’re a UVic student, you’ll benefit from: 

Co-op placements offering up to 16 months of paid work (available in nearly all degree programs) 

Mock interview clinics 

Appointments with career educators 

Career fairs (both virtual and in-person) 

Professional skills courses and workshops 

Free online “Career Clarity” course designed to help you find the best career paths for you 

Get a part-time job while you study 

In addition to gaining work experience through the University’s co-operative education program, many international students also have the option to work on- or off-campus during the academic year. Working while you earn your degree is a great way to gain professional experience and help pay for your expenses. 

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What is the Co-op Program?

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How does the UVic co-op program work for international students?

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The benefits of co-op for international students

Get paid work experience through the co-op program at UVic! 

Open to both domestic and international students, UVic’s co-operative education (co-op) program offers a great way to get valuable professional experience as part of your degree. For most programs at UVic, co-op is optional but encouraged; for some majors, such as Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Engineering, co-op is a required part of the curriculum. 

Here’s how you can shape your future by studying at UVic 

Career skills, networking and work experience can all make finding a job easier.   

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How you can boost your career readiness while studying abroad

Hear international students give advice on what comes after graduation.

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See what UVic students gained from their co-op placements

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Hear about a UVic Business student’s co-op experience

#1 Canadian comprehensive university for preparing career-ready students

THE Global University Employability Rankings 2024

52% of co-op students get job offers before they graduate

so they can start their careers

CAD$3,150 average monthly salary 

for undergraduate co-op students

100,000+ co-op placements

since UVic launched the program

94% of UVic students do experiential learning

at least 1 co-op or practicum by graduation

300+ co-op programs

offered as part of UVic degrees

After graduation 

After you’ve earned your degree and gained valuable career skills, you can take what you’ve learned into the workforce. UVic is there to support you even after you graduate! 

How UVic can help you: 

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How UVic’s Career Services can help you

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