Many students, especially those from developing countries, opt to study abroad in order to enhance their resume and improve their employability. But studying in countries like Canada is not easy on the pockets due to its high tuition fees and substantial cost of living. Hence many international students opt to work part-time in order to bear their expenses and not be out of pockets in a land very far away from home.
According to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), a department of Canadian government, international students in the country may work on campus or off campus or can opt to work as a co–op student or intern, if they want to earn while they study in order to support their pocket.
Working on-campus is a very convenient way for resident students who have time between their classes. The only considerations are
You can opt to work as
Also you should not forget to check out your university’s website for recruitment notices and keep an eye on job boards as some departments hire on an as-needed basis.
Working off-campus is another way to earn your pocket. As per the new rules, in effect from June 1, 2014, the need for a work permit has been curtailed.
To qualify you must
If you qualify, you are allowed
International students can work off-campus as
Work as a co-op student or intern
For some academic programmes, work experience is mandatory. In such cases, international students can opt for a co-op (Co-operative education in which students work with the professionals in their major field of study and get paid) or paid internship programme. But then, they will have to apply for both work permit and study permit.
In order to qualify for a work permit, you must meet the following requirements
You won’t be eligible to work if you are studying with English or French as a second language.
So although working part time while studying in Canada is a good option, it will be even more better if you consider what sort of job will be well-suited to you and then decide accordingly. Thus, your experience of studying in Canada will be enhanced and who knows, you might even come to enjoy your part-time job!