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  • Locations: Toronto, Canada
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/18/2019
Rolling Admission 05/13/2019 08/10/2019
Fall 2019 04/19/2019
Rolling Admission 08/19/2019 12/14/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: Co-Op/Internship Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate
Academic Theme: Art, Architecture, Planning, and Design, Business, Communications and Media, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Credit Offered: UC Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Fall, Spring, Summer Minimum GPA: 2.0
Housing Options: Apartment, Residence Hall Program Advisor: Crystal Craycraft
Program Description:
Next Canada


Program Overview

UC's NEXT Canada Program, is a semester long internship/ co-op experience in the innovation, entrepreneurship, and start-up industry in Canada. The NEXT Canada Program provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain professional work experience in Canada’s leading Tech industry with entrepreneurs and innovators in the start-up venture stage through the seed and growth stage. 

The Academic Internship Council is the program provider and will be responsible for the placement of the students in positions directly related to their field of study, housing (optional), visa assistance, 24 hour emergency support, and cultural enrichment activities.  Positions will be located throughout Canada, specifically in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal.

The target student populations for this program are as follows: 
  • Information Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Information Systems
  • Business Analytics
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Communication Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Fine Arts
Students enrolled in this program will earn cooperative education credit or academic internship credit for their experience. 

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Students will placed with entrepreneur, innovators, and start-ups located throughout Canada.  Placements will likely be located in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. 

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Who Can Participate?

The Program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students:
  • Open to all undergraduate student at University of Cincinnati ages 18-25
  • Students must be full-time and successfully matriculating in their major
  • Students must be in good academic standing with their college, major and/or academic program.
  • Students must get approval from either academic or cooperative education adviser

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Academic Program and Course Information

Course Name:  COOP EXP and International Academic Internship
Course Number: INT & COOP 
Credit Level:  Undergraduate | Graduate
Credit Hours: 0-12 credit hours
Instruction Method: Field Experience
Pre-requisites/Permissions: Department Approval
BOK:   No
Repeatable: Yes
Level: B- Baccalaureate | G- Graduate

This course provides a path for a student to obtain an academic internship opportunity outside of the United States. Students will have the opportunity to learn from their field experience and cultural awareness activities completed via distance learning. The distant learning course helps students close the gap between the academic application of business concepts and their pragmatic utilization in the workplace. Furthermore the course will examine values and cultural practices, global interconnections (i.e. economic, political, ecological, and technological), worldwide concerns and conditions, origins and past patterns of worldwide affairs, and alternative future directions in worldwide affairs.
Students will be registered by the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education in either a co-op experience or an internship experience.
  • Co-op students will register and pay the co-op course registration fee of $465 for the experience. This registration permits students to maintain their full-time student status with the university.
  • Internship students have the option to register for 0 - 12 credit hours based on academic need. Internship students can register for 0 credit hours of $465 to maintain full time student status or register for variable credit hours (1-12 credit hours). 

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Erin Bove
Assistant Director- Academic, International Programs
Adjunct Instructor
Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education

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Living Arrangements

Program participants will be provided furnish housing, with access to public transportation, internet connectivity, kitchen and laundry facilities. Students will be living with other students from the University of Cincinnati, as well as student from other universities across the US (and world).
Student should expect a 45 to 60 minute commute from there residence to their respective employer location (which is very similar to what the locals do daily).

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Getting There

 Students organize their own travel arrangements.

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Program Costs

Estimated program costs based off cost of living in Toronto can be found below. 

Program costs that will be charge to student's Catalyst account include:
  • ​Co-op Registration
  • AIC Service fees
Additional out of pocket costs students are responsible for include:
  • Additional visa costs
  • Airfare
  • CISI Insurance
  • Meals and incidentals
  • Public transportation
  • Housing (if student choose to secure own housing)
Below, please find a cost comparison of NEXT CANADA vs. Co-op out of state in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, California.

cost comparison

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

The International Experience Programs offer student advising and programmatic services to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship and grants.

Scholarship funding may be available through UC International Programs. UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information. 

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

The Academic Internship Council will provide country-specific visa application instructions, resources and assistance to all program participants.  

  • F1, J1 students from China must obtain a criminal background check from the Peoples Republic of China, FBI Check from the United States, and medical examination from a Panel Doctor in order to obtain a visa from the Canadian government.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

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Health and Safety Abroad

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Downloading the mobile application
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

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Contacts for More Information

Erin Bove
Assistant Director- Academic, International Programs
Adjunct Instructor
Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education

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This program is currently not accepting applications.