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
  • 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.

Anticipated Aid for your Promissory Note

OSAP, award and scholarship amounts will be posted as Anticipated Aid on your Quest account each term. Spring 2022 full-time OSAP funding will be added as anticipated aid on Quest accounts and will continue to be updated throughout the Promissory Note period.


Full-time OSAP 2021-22 and 2022-23

  • Supporting documents received the week of June 27
  • Appeals received the week of June 20