Work and travel in the United Kingdom: International Experience Canada

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Fun facts about the UK

  • Wimbledon, the world’s oldest tennis tournament, was established in England in 1877.
  • Northern Ireland serves as the backdrop for the world-renowned Game of Thrones TV series.
  • England is the birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles.
  • There are more than 2,500 museums, many of which are completely free to visit.

What the UK offers

The United Kingdom (UK) combines Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. The UK is home to many different cultures, with more than 160 nationalities speaking more than 300 different languages.

The UK has sprawling hills, misty moors, sandy coves, rugged coastlines and winding country roads as far as the eye can see. Some of the most iconic ancient woodlands and rural terrains in Europe can be found here.

There's always something exciting happening in Britain, from sightseeing tours of London’s landmarks to uncovering centuries of history at one of the many castles or museums. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea, go camping in the hills or hiking in one of 15 national parks.

The UK is home to the world famous Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Neolithic Stonehenge, Roman Baths complex and centuries-old Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Who can apply?

To work in the United Kingdom under the Youth Mobility Scheme, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be 18-30 years old (inclusive), and
  • have a valid Canadian passport

Other requirements may apply, check the UK website for more details.

What type of work visa do I need?

You need to apply for a Tier 5 visa.

Do I need a formal job or internship offer?

No, you do not need a formal job offer (pre-arranged contract of employment) or a formal internship offer.

How long can I stay and work?

You can stay and work in the United Kingdom for up to 24 months.

You can participate to the UK’s Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa once.

How do I apply?

You can apply online through the UK government website.

To complete the application process, you have to book and attend an appointment at a visa application centre.

Plan your trip

The best way to make sure your trip is the experience of a lifetime is to plan. Review our travel checklist to find out what you should know or do before travelling to and working in a foreign country.

Need help planning? One of IEC’s recognized organizations (ROs) might be able to help you find a job, transportation, and provide travel advice.

Most ROs charge a fee for their services.

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