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 Opportunities Program ( ISWOP)

The International Student Work Opportunities Program ( ISWOP) is a work study 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 ISWOP section for more information on how to apply and the application deadline.

Scholarships 

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

Carl Evan Kwan International Award in Health Sciences
This award is given to an undergraduate international student in the Faculty of Health Sciences. It is based on academic achievement, volunteer, and leadership ability. Students must submit a one-page statement describing their extracurricular and community activities, by October 31 to the Office of the Registrar. The Office of the Registrar will select the recipient. This award was made possible by a generous gift from Tim Kwan (BESc ’73), Jane Kwan and Brian Kwan (LLB ’04). This award was established in honour of Carl Evan Kwan, grandson of Tim and Jane Kwan, who came to Canada from Hong Kong, established a successful business and is an active volunteer for a number of organizations in the Greater Toronto Area for more than twenty-five years.

Value: 1 at $2,500
Deadline: October 31, 2021

Harold Crookell Memorial Scholarship
This award is given to an undergraduate international student entering HBA 1 who has demonstrated community leadership. Applications for this award can be obtained from the HBA Program Services Office at the Richard Ivey School of Business. The HBA Scholarship Committee will make the final selection of the recipient. This award was established in memory of Professor Harold Crookell, who believed in diversity and the development of global business leaders. Value: $2,900.

Value: 1 at $2,900
Deadline: January 31, 2021

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

Awards 

Jane Plas International Student Award

This award is given to an undergraduate international student from Mainland China, Mongolia or Tibet based on academic achievement at Western. The student must be beyond their first-year and have a full-time course load. Application forms are available through the Office of the Registrar's website. D This award was established by a generous donation by Jane Plas through Foundation Western.

Value: 1 award at $7,600
Deadline: September 30, 2021

Jordan International Experience Award

This award is given to international students from Jordan accepted to study at Western or whishing to participate in a Western sanctioned activity. This award is given to an senior undergraduate student wishing to participate in a University sanctioned activity in Jordan. To apply, submit an online International Experience Award Application on the Global Opportunities website, Western International. Students at the Ivey Business School are eligible to apply for the Jordan International Experience Award. This generous award was established by the Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario. 

Value: 1 award at $5,000
Deadline: February 15, 2021, November 15, 2021

Professor Elaine Bjorklund Award

Award will be given with preference for students in second year or above, from Hong Kong or China studying geography. Applications can be obtained from the Department of Geography and must be submitted by October 31. Selection of the recipient will be made by the Chair of the Department of Geography in consultation with both undergraduate and graduate faculty. To select a graduate student, one representative of the selection committee must be a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This scholarship was established by a generous gift from Cecilia Yau in honour of Professor Elaine Bjorklund through Foundation Western.

Value: 1 award at $4,500
Deadline: October 31, 2021

UK Alumni Award

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

Value: 1 award at $3,600

Frank Manning Bursary

Awarded annually to an international undergraduate student from a country in the Caribbean who demonstrates the greatest financial need. Candidates must be registered in the Faculty of Social Science.  Students must apply for this bursary by completing an application form and submitting it to the International and Exchange Student Centre by January 31st. This bursary was established through Foundation Western by donations from family in memory of Professor Frank Manning, a faculty member in Anthropology.

Value: 1 award at $300
Deadline: January 31, 2021

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

Ken Chu Master of Public Administration International Scholarship

Awarded annually to full-time international students from China who are enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program at Western based on academic achievement. To apply, download an application form and submit a completed application to the Master's of Public Administration Program. This scholarship was established through the generosity of the Chu Family.

Value: 1 award at $30,000
Deadline: January 2019

Professor Elaine Bjorklund Award

Award will be given with preference for graduate students from Hong Kong or China studying geography. Applications can be obtained from the Department of Geography and must be submitted by October 31. Selection of the recipient will be made by the Chair of the Department of Geography in consultation with both undergraduate and graduate faculty. To select a graduate student, one representative of the selection committee must be a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This scholarship was established by a generous gift from Cecilia Yau in honour of Professor Elaine Bjorklund through Foundation Western.

Value: 1 award at $4,500
Deadline: October 31, 2021

Jordan International Experience Award

This award is given to international graduate students from Jordan accepted to study at Western or whishing to participate in a Western sanctioned activity. This award is given to a graduate student wishing to participate in a University sanctioned activity in Jordan. To apply, submit an online International Experience Award Application on the Global Opportunities website, Western International. Students at the Ivey Business School are eligible to apply for the Jordan International Experience Award. This generous award was established by the Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario. 

Value: 1 award at $5,000
Deadline: February 15, 2021, November 15, 2021

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
519-661-2100

International and Exchange Student Centre

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