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Every year, the International Seminar offers Canadian postsecondary students or recent graduates an experience in a developing country. Under the supervision of internship coordinators, the participants collaborate with students from the host country on a common project covering a predetermined development issue.

Operation of the International Seminar includes a mandatory two days pre-departure training course in Canada, an orientation session in the host country, a series of conferences and workshops, and other program activities, ending with presentations and reports on the analysis done. Upon returning to Canada, participants carry out public engagement activities to share their experiences and recommendations on their campuses, with their communities and to Uniterra, in the form of presentations, on-line reports and multimedia productions.


Next seminar

When: February 15th to 22nd, 2014

Where : Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Who : 15 youth from Burkina Faso, Canada, Ghana, Guinea et Senegal

Theme : Youth Employability : The challenges of inclusion in the labour market and  youth entrepreneurship

Download the 2014 International Seminar poster

Selection criteria

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident;
  • Be currently registered at a Canadian university or college or have recently graduated;
  • Be (or have been) an active WUSC local committee member or involved in a youth association;
  • Have an intermediate knowledge of French or being bilingual (an asset)
  • Have a demonstrated interest and/or experience linked to the youth employability and entrepreneurship issues;
  • Have a demonstrated interest in international issues
  • Have a demonstrated interest in the host country and region;
  • Have a good academic record;
  • Be open minded, respectful and tolerant;
  • Have a team spirit and a capacity for adaptation
  • Have skills in analysis, research and report writing;
  • Be available for the pre-departure training on November 30th and December 1st in Ottawa.

Conditions for participation

The expenses covered by the program are:

  • Pre-departure training course in Canada (Transportation, accommodation, meals)
  • Round-trip air ticket
  • Accommodations in Burkina Faso
  • Meals in Burkina Faso
  • Health insurance

The selected participants agree to make a minimum financial contribution of $500 to cover part of the total cost of their participation. The Uniterra team can provide support for their financing campaign.

How to apply

The recruitment for the 2014 International Seminar has been completed.

We encourage you to continue to check the website to see when the next opportunities will be opened. In the meantime, we also invite you to see other internships opportunities through the Uniterra program with Students Without Borders

Past seminars

Each year for over 65 years, WUSC holds the International Seminar which offers Canadian postsecondary students an experience in a developing country. Now the Seminar is offered by WUSC and CECI through the Uniterra program. To learn more on the previous Seminars and to maybe even tempt you in participating:

Follow us on the Uniterra International Seminar Facebook

Watch their videos in the Uniterra Youtube channel

Read their blog:

·         2013 International Seminar – Guatemala

·         2012 International Seminar - Senegal

·         2011 International Seminar - Vietnam


March 19, 2014
Documentary Launch: In solidarity with the shea tree
February 17, 2014
Launch of the 2014 International Seminar
February 10, 2014
Uniterra featured in The Ottawa Citizen
January 31, 2014
Meet our Canadian participants to the 2014 International Seminar!


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