Jobs and Logistics

See below for an overview of pay relative to cost of living, options for finding jobs, and getting settled as a temporary resident while on international co-op.

Cultural Vistas is an organization that supports U.S. students working and living abroad.

German

  • Most students are paid at least $900 per month
  • Cultural Vistas prepares documents to live and work in Germany for about $400
  • Cultural Vistas offers optional placement services for about $550
  • Salary typically covers living expenses
  • Personal funds are needed for extensive travel

Japanese

  • Most students are paid about $800 to $1,000 per month
  • Some students receive free housing in a company dorm or apartment
  • Documents are processed directly though the Japanese government and Japanese Consulate
  • American citizens receive documents and visa at no cost
  • International students may pay a nominal fee of $25-$50 to the Consulate for a visa

French

  • Most engineering and business jobs pay enough to live in the local economy
  • Some jobs are available with U.S. companies that have locations outside the U.S.
  • Some jobs are available through other UC partnerships
  • Students are given tools and resources to develop jobs on their own

Spanish

  • Most engineering and business jobs pay enough to live in the local economy
  • Some jobs are available with U.S. companies that have locations outside the U.S.
  • Some jobs are available through other UC partnerships
  • Students are given tools and resources to develop jobs on their own

Student Initiative

  • Students can use tools provided by the International Co-op Program to research and find international co-op jobs that meet their needs.
  • Students in the program successfully do this every year.
  • To increase your odds of success with this strategy, try to obtain your first co-op in the U.S. at one of the companies that have employed students on international co-op in the past.
  • Once one student creates a job, the company may hire other students in the future.