Work on-campus while studying as an international student


The best part of being an international student is that you can work while studying. This is beneficial for the students as it helps them to pay their tuition fees, rent, and, above all else, makes them self-sufficient and independent. Students are also excited to work in a foreign land where they can’t wait to earn money, and have the ability to work both on and off-campus. 

Who can work on-campus?

Students can work in Canada on or off-campus as long as their study permit allows it. Many students prefer working on-campus as they don’t have to spend additional time going to their place of work. This also helps them focus better on their studies as they get more disciplined and punctual. This can be the best option for students as after attending classes they can work on campus. The point here to note is that the students can’t work at all before their studies begin.

You can also work on campus without a work permit if you fulfill certain conditions. The student must be a full-time post-secondary student at a:

  • Public post-secondary school, such as a college or university
  • Private post-secondary school in Quebec 
  • A private or public secondary or post-secondary institution in Quebec 
  • Canadian private schools that can legally award degrees under provincial law 

Apart from this, the student must also have a valid study permit and a Social Insurance Number (SIN).

Students who study part-time in their final semester

Students must note that they can work unlimited hours on campus even if they study part-time in their final semester. In this case, the student must have been a full-time student every other semester.

However, there is a limitation on the number of hours for the students who are only authorized to work off-campus. In this case, they can work a maximum of 20 hours per week on campus in their final semester, even if they are studying part-time to finish their full-time program. The student also must have been a full-time student every other semester.

In what cases students can’t work on-campus?

As mentioned earlier, some conditions need to be fulfilled for the students to work on-campus. However, if those conditions aren’t met, then the students can’t work. Here are some scenarios where the students can’t work on campus.

  • The day students stop studying full-time
  • If their study permit has already expired
  • If they are on authorized leave from their studies
  • If they are in between switching schools and aren’t currently studying

Once the students meet all the requirements to work on-campus, they can resume working again.

What opportunities do students get when they work on campus? 

Students can work in any of the buildings located inside the school campus. In case the school has more than one campus, students may only work at the campus where they’re studying. Students can work at other locations,but there are a certain set of conditions that apply. For this, the students must either be working as a teaching or research assistant, or their work must be strictly related to a research grant.

Schools usually have their libraries, hospitals, or research facilities. Students can work at any of these even if they are outside campus. Note that in most of the hospitals or other places where importance is given to the protection of public health. Students who wish to work there need to have a medical exam in order to be accepted.

Who is the on-campus employer?

An “on-campus” employer can be:

  • The school, college, or university
  • Member of the faculty
  • A student organization within the college
  • The student themselves, if:
  • they run their own business that is located on-campus (for example you own a tea or a book shop that is located on campus)
  • Any private business located on the campus
  • A private contractor that provides on-campus services to the school

Get a Social Insurance Number to work in Canada

The Social Insurance Number, or the SIN, is a 9-digit number that the Government of Canada issues to work in Canada. One can access government programs and benefits from this number. It is a private number so students should make sure that it is not to be given to anyone else but their employer.Click here to know how to apply for the SIN.

How many hours can students work on campus?

Students must note that if they are meeting the eligibility requirements for working on-campus, they can work as many hours as they want, in addition to working off-campus.

Now since you know that you can apply for the on-campus jobs, you must be excited to apply the same. Good luck in on-campus job hunting.

The information is obtained directly from Government websites. The information has been gathered as accurately as possible at the time of writing. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please check the Government’s official website.

Source: Work on Campus How to apply for the SIN number eligibility requirements for working on campus

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