Financial Assistance

Western offers financial assistance to international students through scholarships, bursaries, work opportunities and emergency loans. To speak with someone on the phone or in person about financial assistance contact Student Financial Services or the International and Exchange Student Centre.

Undergraduate Students

International Student Emergency Bursary Program

The International Student Bursary Program enables undergraduate international students in financial need to continue or complete their program of study at Western. Bursaries range from $300 to $2,000. You can find the fillable application form here.

NOTE: International students interested in applying for the International Student Bursary program need to make an appointment with an International Student Advisor for an assessment of their eligibility for the program. To book an appointment, please visit our book an appointment page.

The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • The student must be registered as a full-time, undergraduate student at Western University in a degree program. In special cases, a part-time student may be considered.
  • The student must be registered on Main Campus (i.e., students registered at an Affiliated College are not eligible to apply).
  • The student’s current financial difficulties must be a result of an unforeseen or emergency situation which the student could not control. The situation cannot be due to a lack of planning.
  • The student must submit satisfactory documentation showing evidence of his/her circumstance and demonstrate financial need through a modest standard of living. Applications without appropriate documentation will not be considered.
  • The student must have a valid Study Permit or Temporary Resident Permit.
  • The student must be a resident in Canada at the time of application.
  • The student must be in good academic standing.

International Student Work Study

The International Student Work Study is a program for international undergraduate (main campus degree) students designed to provide financial assistance through paid part-time employment on the campus. The program provides international undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain and enhance skills, obtain work experience in a Canadian context, engage with the campus community and enhance their experience of studying and living in Canada.

Please visit the Work Study section for more information on how to apply and the application deadline.


International President’s Entrance Scholarships
As part of the National Scholarship Program, three scholarships worth $50,000 each are available to exceptional international students. Selection is based on outstanding academic performance, creative and innovative thought, and significant achievement in extracurricular activities. Students must complete a National Scholarship application which includes an essay and a nomination from their school. The application is available in mid-November. Additional information about the National Scholarship program

Virginia Harris International Admission Scholarships
Automatically awarded based on merit. No application required. This award is given to two full-time international undergraduate students entering their first year in any program who have attained the highest admission averages and who are not already receiving an admission scholarship. The Office of the Registrar will select two recipients.

Value: 2 at $5,500.

School for Advanced Studies in Arts & Humanities Entrance Scholarship
Automatically awarded based on merit. No application required. This award is given to up to ten international undergraduate students in their first year of the SASAH program who have attained an average of 90% or higher.

Value: Varies between $500-$2500

125th Anniversary Hong Kong Student Scholarship
Automatically awarded based on merit. No application required. This award is given to a first year undergraduate student, preferably a permanent resident of Hong Kong or non-resident Canadian living in Hong Kong. 

Value: 1 at $12,000 continuing up to four years

Bill Teng Hong Kong Scholarship
Automatically awarded based on merit. No application required. This award is given to a first year undergraduate full-time student permanent resident of Hong Kong.

Value: 1 at $2,300

Harvey Ng International Continuing Student Scholarship
Automatically awarded based on merit. No application required. This award is given to a first year undergraduate full-time student permanent resident of Hong Kong.

Value: 1 at $7,000 continuing for up to four years 

Dr. Amit Chakma International Scholarship
Automatically awarded based on merit. Awarded annually to a full-time international undergraduate student entering first year of any program in any faculty, based on high academic achievement (minimum 90 per cent average). 

Value: 2 at $2,500

Western Union Buisness Solutions International Scholarship
Automatically awarded based on merit to an international undergraduate student in their first year.

Value: 2 at $1,000


UK Alumni Award

Automatically awarded based on merit. No application required. This award is given to a undergraduate student in any year. They must be a resident or citizen of the United Kingdom.

Value: 1 award at $3,600

To apply for a bursary, book an appointment with the International Student Advisor.

Visit the Office of the Registrar's page on Admission Scholarships to learn more about financial assistance that may be available to you when you to decide to come to Western.

Graduate Students

Funding from the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS)

The Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) offers financial assistance to graduate students through a variety of programs. Membership fees and Grad Club profits fund these programs.
SOGS offers:

  • Emergency Loans
  • Child Care Subsidy 
  • Travel Subsidy
  • Out of Province Bursaries 

View a list of applications and financial assistance offered by SOGS.

Funding from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS)

A number of funding is also available through SGPS. Some funding is awarded to you upon entry into a program, some is based on recommendations from the program that is admitting you, and others you must apply for yourself, either to Western University or to an external funding agency. For more details, please visit SGPS Funding Opportunities.

Graduate Teaching Assistants and Postdocs Union: PSAC Local 610

The PSAC Local 610 offers financial assistance to teaching assistants who are full-time graduate students and have worked as teaching assistants within the last eight months. For more information, contact PSAC Local 610.

Doctoral Medical Leave Bursary

Starting October 5, 2015, doctoral students may be eligible for a Medical Leave Bursary of up to $5,000 for one term of leave during the full duration of a student’s degree. The bursary will be available to any eligible doctoral students on a medical leave effective September 1, 2015. The bursary will be piloted for three years ending August 31, 2018. The bursary would be granted for a maximum of one term.  Students requiring a medical leave longer than one term would not receive additional funding. For details, please visit SGPS Leave of Absence information online

International Students at Affiliated University Colleges

International students enrolled at an afiliated University Colleges can send an email to the following address for information on financial assistance:

International Student Emergency Loan

Western offers short-term loans to international students who encounter unforeseen financial emergencies. The maximum loan is $500. Financial emergencies may arise as a result of medical expenses, delays in transfers of funds from outside of Canada, expensive textbooks, moving, etc. The International Student Emergency Loan Fund is a revolving fund that does not receive new capital each year; for this reason, every effort is made to exercise sound judgment to ensure that funds are not lost and that sufficient funds are available to assist students in the event of an emergency.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be currently registered at Western in an undergraduate or graduate program and provide evidence of good academic standing.
  • You must be registered on Main Campus (i.e., students registered at an Affiliate College are not eligible to receive this loan).
  • Financial need must be the result of an unforeseen/unforeseeable and temporary financial emergency.
  • The loan must be repaid within 90 days on a date agreed on by the International Student Advisor or Financial Aid Officer and the student borrower.

To apply for the International Student Emergency Loan, come to the IESC's drop-in hours to speak to an International Student Advisor.

Scholarships from Western’s Student Financial Services

Student Financial Services (Office of the Registrar) administers bursaries, grants, loans and scholarships. While most of the monies are only available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents, in-course scholarships are available to international students. Most in-course scholarships and awards are automatically awarded based on course load and grades but some require a separate application. For more information visit Student Financial Services.

Student Financial Services

Room 1100, WSS

International and Exchange Student Centre

2nd Floor, IGAB
519-661-2111 ext. 89309