Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

International Experience Canada

international.gc.ca/experience

FAQ - For Canadians

superimposed papers identified with FAQ

Have Questions About International Travel and work Abroad Experiences for Canadian Youth?

The following are common questions about lnternational Experience Canada as well as about travelling and working abroad. If you have any other questions, please use this form.

  1. Who can participate in International Experience Canada?
  2. I’m 16 years old. Can I participate?
  3. I am not a student. Can I still participate?
  4. What foreign countries am I allowed to work in legally as a Canadian?
  5. Do I have to be gone for a whole year?
  6. How much does it cost?
  7. Do you provide financial assistance?
  8. How do I participate?
  9. When can I apply?
  10. Can you help me choose a destination or make travel plans?
  11. What kinds of jobs can I find if I choose to work abroad?
  12. Where can I obtain an application form?
  13. What role does Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) play?
  14. Why should I participate? What’s in it for me?

1. Who can participate in International Experience Canada?

Canadian citizens aged 18 to 35 can participate. However, some countries limit participation to persons aged 18 and 29-30 years. Be sure to check the specific requirements indicated for each destination.

Looking for frequently asked questions for non-Canadian participants? Please see FAQ for Non-Canadians.

2. I’m 16 years old. Can I participate?

Of course! International Experience Canada is open to all Canadian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 who want to travel and work abroad

While International Experience Canada is specifically intended for Canadian citizensaged 18-35 to travel and work abroad, there are other programs such as Canada World Youth that accept those under the age of 18.

3. I am not a student. Can I still participate?

Of course! International Experience Canada is open to all Canadian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 who want to travel and work abroad

4. What foreign countries am I allowed to work in legally as a Canadian?

If you are between the ages of 18 and 35, you can travel and work in different countries around the world under one of Canada’s bilateral reciprocal youth mobility arrangements or agreements.

5. Do I have to be gone for a whole year?

No. In general, you are authorized to travel and work in the foreign country for up to one year. You can leave the country anytime with the year.

6. How much does traveling and working abroad cost?

International Experience Canada does not provide any financial assistance for your travel and work abroad experience. The cost of your experience will depend on your destination, the cost-of-living there and your lifestyle. You are responsible for your own paperwork costs, travel expenses, insurance, accommodation, and the dollar exchange rate with your host country.

7. Do you provide financial assistance?

While a travel and work abroad year can be a very rewarding experience, it can be expensive. Plan accordingly. International Experience Canada does not provide any financial assistance.

You are responsible for your own journey, including travel arrangements, airfare, application processing fees (if applicable) and accommodation. Some organizations, such as LOJIQ (for Quebec residents only), may help you obtain financial assistance if you are using their program.

8. How do I participate?

You can learn more about the different opportunities for travel and work abroad by visiting the Choose Your Experience section of this website.

9. When can I apply?

With a few exceptions, your travel and work abroad year can start at any time, year-round.

10. Can you help me choose a destination or make travel plans?

While we can’t help you directly, some organizations do an excellent job of providing assistance with all planning considerations.

11. What kind of jobs can I find if I choose to work abroad?

All kinds! It depends on what you want to do and how hard you want to look for employment. Many participants find work in the tourism and hospitality industries overseas (restaurants, pubs, hotels, etc.), where employers are willing to offer temporary work for shorter periods of time.

You can also gain international work experience in a variety of fields such as science, law, health, education, commerce, communications, ect.

12. Where can I obtain an application form?

You can find applications at foreign embassies or consulates across Canada. Or if you plan to use one of the Recognized Organizations that provide services to facilitate your travel and work plans, you may contact them directly.

13. What role does Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) play?

Through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) facilitates travel and work abroad for young Canadian citizens aged 18-35 by negotiating bilateral reciprocal youth mobility arrangements and agreements with select foreign governments.

DFATD also manages IEC abroad through Canada’s embassies, high commissions and consulates, in close collaboration with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

14. Why should I participate? What’s in it for me?

The knowledge and intangible benefits gained from living and working in another culture, plus the self-reliance you develop from international experiences, are all highly marketable in a global economy.

Companies with international operations often seek individuals who are able to communicate effectively in more than one language, and who can understand the nuances and values of a different culture. An international experience can give you all of this and more!

Footer

Date Modified:
2014-02-25