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COOP-240 - Co-Operative Education Program International Work Term - 3.00 Credits

COOP-240 - Co-Operative Education Program International Work Term - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
An International Co-op work term will provide the student with opportunities to: . Experience personal and professional growth; . Experience another culture; . Learn another language; . Enhance employability skills; . Confirm your career path; and, . Develop a global network of relevant industry contacts. A NVIT International Co-op experience provides students with a unique opportunity to travel the world, while gaining experience in the workplace. Having this experience as an undergraduate is impressive to employers and makes a student's résumé more competitive after graduation. During an International Co-op work term, the student will have the chance to learn a foreign language, develop their skills, and travel the world. More importantly, International Co-op serves as professional and personal growth experience by forcing the student to adapt to a new cultural environment. Co-op is an academic program and work term assignments are mandatory to satisfy the academic requirements for NVIT. Each work term will require student goal setting; an individual evaluation; the student's work term report and a performance evaluation from the hosting employer. Work term reports are due at the end of every four-month long work term. Details are in the Co-op Student Handbook.
Part of the:
  • Co-Operative Education Department
  • Prerequisites : COOP-110 , successful completion of the Pre-departure Workshop “Preparing for Your Work Term
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Master's Degree or Relevant Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
    Office Hours: 1.5 hours per week
    Contact Hours: 420
    Student Evaluation
    Work Experience: S/U*
    Assignments: S/U*
    TOTAL: S/U*

    *Graded Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. This is a pass/fail course. Any assignment(s) will be graded either Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, and will be considered in the final pass/fail consideration for this course. 
    *NB. A Satisfactory grade is required in this course in order to progress to the next Co-op Work Term. 
    Grading procedures follow NVIT policy. 
    Co-op Education course credits are extra-to-certificate, diploma, degree. 
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    • develop and reflect upon learning objectives and apply them in a work setting; 

    • develop learning outcomes and goals prior to, during and upon completion of each work term; 

    • transfer academic skills and knowledge to an employment setting; 

    • transfer work place learning back into the classroom where enriched learning and class discussion can take place with students and faculty; 

    • document the employment experience and learning outcomes through a work term report; 

    • continue their learning through subsequent work terms or with 'return to campus' meetings with their coordinators where previous learning objectives and future learning plans are discussed; and,

    • develop and demonstrate a working knowledge of risk management or international competencies. 

    Students learning begins prior to the students first work placement with a Co-op career management course delivered by the co-op coordinator covering such topics as skills transfer, communication skills (resume/cover letter writing), and on the job learning. Once placed into a work experience, the student learning continues at the work site with day-to-day tasks and employer driven duties. Students are expected to obtain progressively more challenging learning outcomes and goals as they move through the co-op program.

    Text and Materials: N/A
    Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: Applicants who wish to apply at other institutions after graduating should contact the appropriate program and institution for more information on Co-op transfer credit.

    For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca

    PLAR is available for Co-operative Education Work Terms. 
    Other Information: NVIT will support the students with:

    • Connecting with co-op employers abroad;

    • A pre-departure workshop; 

    • Funding opportunities1  

    • Guidance with the visa/work permit application; and

    • Check-in visits during the work term and a debrief when the student returns. 

    All students going on an international work term must take a pre-departure workshop called Preparing for Your Work Term Abroad. The workshop content includes managing risks, the logistics of going abroad and using intercultural competencies to plan for a successful international experience.

    An International Co-operative Education work term fits within the NVIT Strategic Direction on Community Relevanceto develop and sustain strategic and positive relationships with local, national and global Indigenous organizations and integrate those relationships into the NVIT community. 

    A core goal of the NVIT Strategic Planis to develop, sustain, and explore new relationships with Indigenous organizations, as well as develop and sustain post-secondary relationships/ partnerships with Indigenous people of the world. 

    Students wishing to obtain disability-related academic accommodations and/or auxiliary aids are required to contact the Student Success Centre as soon as possible.


    2 NVIT Institutional Accountability Plan and Report, Page 26, https://www.nvit.ca/docs/nvit_iapr_2017_18_final.pdf

    3 NVIT Strategic Plan, Community Relevance, Goal 4, https://www.nvit.ca/strategicdirection.htm