Frequently Asked Questions by Practica Students
When do I complete my practica terms?
Practica terms are completed during the summer semesters due to demands in the industry. You will complete your first practica term in the summer after you’ve finished 9-11 units of study. Your second practica will be completed after finishing 14-16 units of study. In February prior to completing each practica term, the Co-op Team will contact you to attend an information session.
How long do I have to finish the practica requirements?
You will have four months (May – August) to complete 455 hours of career-related work, write your report proposal and submit your final report.
What if I cannot meet the 455 hour requirement in four months?
If you cannot complete 455 hours of work within four months, an additional four month extension will be provided. You will receive a grade of IP (In Progress) after the first four month period until you’ve completed the practica requirements. Extensions will not be approved for the purpose of completing the practica report.
How do I find a practica term?
It is your responsibility to secure a job or a volunteer opportunity to earn your 455 hours. You should begin your job search early so you’re ready to begin working in May. Here are some recommended sites where you can begin your job search
- Career Beacon
- Nova Scotia Tourism Talent
- Federal Government Job Bank
- Mount Saint Vincent University – Career Planning Services
How much does each practica term cost?
Each practica term costs ½ unit of tuition and is payable to Financial Services.
How do I get a Work Visa?
If you are an international student, you will need a Work Visa in order to get a paid practica position in Canada. Visit the Mount’s International Education Centre by the end of February before your first practica to apply for the Work Visa.
How do I find out more information about the practica program?
Contact the Mount’s Co-op Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.