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International Experience

International Experience allows RIT Students to work abroad in different countries, cities, and cultures. Our students grow personally and professionally as they experience work in their field of study, adapt to a different work environment, and gain perspective on living in an unfamiliar city.


Receiving a different type of work experience has its benefits.
  • Obtain co-op credit for your work experience
  • Gain valuable work experience and develop new skills
  • Understand global issues by experiencing them first-hand
  • Expand your cultural horizons
  • Develop your foreign language skills
  • Expand your professional network
  • Stand out to future employers through the interview and selection process

Introduction to the International Experience Program

Make the first step to taking your co-op abroad with this introduction on Career Service’s International Experience. Learn where you can travel around the world through our trusted partners and what steps you should consider before taking on the adventure!


Explore by Country

ArgentinaAustraliaCanadaChileChinaFranceGermanyIrelandItalyJapanSpainUnited Kingdom


Before the Experience 

Virtual Sessions 

Starting this October, our office will host Virtual Sessions about our International Experience program. Watch our quick presentation on what the program could offer you from anywhere. We will host a live Q and A after to answer any questions on our program and next steps. You will need to attend one of these sessions prior to meeting with an advisor. Reserve your spot in Handshake.

January 16th - March 27th:
Thursdays | 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Fridays | 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Application Process

If you’re interested in working abroad, it is recommended to start looking 6 months before your internship/co-op target date. The process can be long in order to correctly process paperwork.

Review the countries you are interested in and the partners available. Take time to view each program to see which experience fits you best. As every partner has a different application process, you can meet with our team to make sure every step is complete.

Career Services Travel Grant

Apply for the Career Services Travel Grant. This experience must be registered with the Office of Career Services and Co-op. The student will receive department credit for their experience. Application Deadlines: Fall October 31, Spring March 1 , Summer July 31

The WIVRA Subcommittee supports RIT students participating in International Co-op, Internship, Research, Volunteer or Fellowship programs.


Always be prepared for the unexpected when traveling for an international work experience. Have the following documentation prepared before departure:

If you do not have one, apply for a passport as soon as possible. The cost for a new passport is $140 and will typically take about 4-6 weeks to arrive. If you’re in a hurry, there are additional fees for expedited services to receive the passport within 2 weeks.

All countries require special permission for foreigners to work in their countries. For co-op students, Visas may or may not be required. Check with the hiring company for more information.

For additional information regarding passports, visas, immunizations and testing, or additional fees, visit the U.S. Department of State site.

Program Costs

Cost varies depending on your destination. Through the work abroad partners, work permits and service fees may be included. No programs include plane fare and very few offer room and board. Some overseas jobs may pay enough to cover living expenses, but plan on taking extra spending money to travel and cover living expenses. Financial Aid is not available for students for working abroad. Learn more about the different programs by attending a Virutal Session. 


Pre-departure Orientation

Travel Advisory

The U.S. Department of State website will allow you to check the status of a country’s travel advisory, as well as important tips and information for students. Register your travel abroad with the US department of state prior to your departure, Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

Language and Culture

Gain firsthand knowledge about your destination by learning the country’s language, cultural etiquette, and national attractions. Use students on campus from that country or students that have attended a co-op program there as a resource. Speaking the native language is not always a requirement for working overseas, but it is best practice to check with the company that you are targeting. 


Have local currency with you when you arrive in that country to pay for transportation and other expenses. Credit cards like Visa, Master Card and American Express are widely accepted around the world, but it’s best to notify your bank of your travels to prevent false fraud charges and confirm their global reach. For information on currency conversion click here.


When working overseas, housing is usually the responsibility of the student or individual looking for a job. Available accommodations will vary by country and specific locality. See below for organizations that provide housing, at cost, to a student on internship or co-op assignment.

HousingAnywhere is a housing platform where people can rent out rooms to international students. Find rentable spaces in over 500 cities worldwide.

International Houses Worldwide
An association of International Houses from across the world, students of different nationalities have the opportunity to live and learn together in a community of mutual respect and understanding. Locations: Australia, United Kingdom and Canada.


Report Your Experience

Evaluation and Work Report

To receive a “Satisfactory “ (“S”) grade for co-op on your transcript, the following evaluation documents must be completed and returned to the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education:

  • Student Co-op Work Report. 
  • Employer Evaluation of your performance. 

Student Co-op Work Report

Students completing a mandatory co-op have to submit a Work Report on their experience for their academic department to review.

Complete the Work Report here. To get started, select “pending”. Confirm your supervisor’s role and email to successfully complete the report. If your supervisor changes through your program, update their information through the Update co-op supervisor tab.

Co-op Evaluation

The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education send a link to employers with direction to complete a Co-op Evaluation near the end of a student's co-op term. It is the employer’s responsibility to rate the student's performance at work, add comments, and submit the form back to the university.

Students can login here to View Co-op Evaluation(s).

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