Questions about International Co-op?

Are You Abroad and in Need of Assistance?

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International Co-op Timeline

First Year at Drexel

  • Think about why you are interested in going abroad – for work experience? Travel experience?
  • Think about where you might like to go abroad.
  • Consider taking a language course according to where you might like to go on co-op.
  • Begin to gain work experience. Find an internship, part-time job, or get involved on campus.
  • Join internationally-focused student organizations.
  • Think about when an international co-op will fit into your academic plans at Drexel.

One Year Before International Co-op

  • Begin to research opportunities in an identified country or countries.
  • Talk to friends who have been on international co-op – what advice do they have?
  • Talk to faculty and/or other connections that you may have about international opportunities.

Six Months Before International Co-op

  • Meet with your co-op advisor to discuss your interests, both professionally, culturally, and geographically. 
  • Make sure that you have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your return to the United States.
  • Depending upon the country you plan to work in, check out the political situation there as well as any health concerns specific to that country.

Three Months Before International Co-op

  • Finalize co-op employment details and submit paperwork to your co-op advisor through the International Co-op Portal.
  • Apply for a visa.
  • Research and identify housing.
  • Attend pre-departure orientation.

One Month Before International Co-op

  • Pack your bags and enjoy the adventure!

While on International Co-op

  • Keep in touch with your co-op advisor.
  • Take some great photos to enter into the Steinbright Co-op Photo Contest!

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