International Student Work Study

Note: If you are an employer, please visit the International Student Work Study for Employers section.

Program Description

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

Application Deadline: May 13, 2022

Eligibility Criteria

For a student to be eligible to apply to the International Student Work Study, they:

  • must be an undergraduate international student (Canadian citizens, permanent residents, exchange students and graduate international students are not eligible)
  • must demonstrate financial need
  • must have a valid study permit
  • must be registered in their program full time
    • must be registered in 0.5 credits for summer term
  • must be registered on main campus (students registered at Brescia, Huron or King's are not eligible for International Student Work Study, but may be eligible for a similar program. See details at the bottom of this page)
  • must have completed at least 2 full semesters of study at Western (i.e., should be in second year or above)
  • must be in good academic standing

Meeting the eligibility requirements is not a guarantee of employment. Students approved to participate in International Student Work Study must pursue job postings, compete with other students, meet minimum job requirements, attend interviews and receive an offer of employment to get a job.

Number of International Student Work Study Positions

50 positions for the summer term 2022.

Compensation and Time Frame

The rate of pay is $15.00 + 4% vacation pay. The maximum allocation for each student is 300 hours. Participants must complete their work hours by August 27, 2022.

How to Apply

  1. Determine your eligibility.

    All interested students must ensure they meet the eligibility criteria (see above). Only those applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be considered.

  2. Complete the International Student Work Study online application form.

    The International Student Work Study Application Form is available as of April 29, 2022, on Student Center.

    To log onto Student Center you will need your student ID and password. Once you have logged on, click on "Apply for Financial Assistance" in the Financial Assistance box at the bottom of the main page. Then select "International Student Work Study" to begin your application.

  3. Documentation required in support of your application
    • Photocopy of your current study permit
    • Proof of your bank balance from February 1 - present (acceptable documentation includes photocopies of actual bank statements or online statements showing ALL banking transactions and how living expenses and tuition are paid. If your bank statements do not show your expenses, please include additional documents (e.g., credit card statements) or explanation of expense items).

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS: All supporting documentation should be submitted using the secure online DocDropYou must use a PDF file format to upload your documents. Please select the International Student Work Study document type when uploading your application. 

NOTE: Please ensure that every page of the documents submitted includes your Western Student Number.

The application deadline for online application AND submission of supporting documentation is May 13, 2022.

IMPORTANT: Incomplete applications will not be considered. All requested supporting documentation must be included with the application by the application deadline.

Notice of Approval

International Student Work Study participants will be assessed and selected by the Student Financial Services department. All International Student Work Study applicants will receive email communication from Student Financial Services within two weeks of the deadline date informing them whether their application has been approved or denied. Applicants can also check their account to view the decision on their International Student Work Study application.

Candidates approved to participate in International Student Work Study will be granted access to the on-line work study campus job listing which contains postings of various jobs in the different departments across campus.

Approval does not mean you have a job. Students approved to International Student Work Study must investigate and pursue available job postings and compete with other students. They must meet minimum job requirements, be interviewed and be hired for a job

If you are accepted to International Student Work Study, you must have a resume in order to begin your job search. For help with creating or updating a resume, please visit Student Experience.


Social Insurance Number

You must have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) in order to work and receive payment for work in Canada .

International students who are studying full-time and who have a valid Study Permit are eligible to work on-campus and to get a SIN.

Students Registered at an Affiliate University College