International work-study program

The international work-study program is designed to provide part-time on-campus work experience for full-time international undergraduate students with financial need.

Work-study jobs pay minimum wage or higher. You can work a maximum of 10 hours per week and earn up to $2,000 per term including vacation pay and benefits.

Eligibility requirements

You may apply to the international work-study program if you are:

  • An international student with a valid study permit
  • Registered in an undergraduate program
  • Enrolled in a minimum 60% course load (1.5 units) during the term in which you want to work
  • Fees arranged or paid in full for the current term
  • In satisfactory academic standing in 1B or higher
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number (or receive one within three days of beginning work)

Get a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

As an international student, your study permit must indicate that you “may accept employment” or “may work” in Canada. For more information about obtaining a SIN, visit Waterloo's international student experience website.

Apply for a position

Submit the online International Student Work-Study Program Application. You can view all current positions available at the top of the form. Note: You will be required to upload a copy of your study permit.


Full-time OSAP 

  • 2023-24 OSAP documents received the week of July 8
  • 2024-25 OSAP supporting documents received the week of July 1
  • 2024-25 OSAP appeals received the week of June 4