About on-campus work
What is considered "on-campus" work?
On-campus employment is defined as employment within the boundaries of the campus or in facilities owned, leased, or rented by UBC. For example, your employer may be the University, a student organization, or a private contractor operating within the boundaries of the campus.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) does not limit the number of hours students are permitted to work on campus. However, some UBC employers may restrict the hours students can work.
Benefits of working on campus
By working on campus, you can expand your social and professional networks by being more involved in the campus community and enhance your learning through workplace experiences in an academic setting (e.g. through research-oriented positions). A portion of international undergraduate student tuition fees goes towards subsidizing on-campus work opportunities for eligible international students through Work Learn.
Make sure you're eligible to work on campus - important definitions for immigration purposes
This definition is for immigration purposes to denote students who may be eligible to work on or off campus . Starting June 1, 2014, full-time status is the minimum requirement to work on or off campus.
International students with full-time status can start work on the first day of the term as per the UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan academic calendar. They must stop work on the last day of the final exam period according to the academic calendar.
Exception: If an international student’s academic program has start and end dates which differ from those specified in the applicable academic calendar, the student can start work on the first day of their program’s term, and they must stop work on the last day of their program’s term.
- Students who meet the "full time" definition in summer and are not eligilble for a scheduled break during the summer session will be deemed full time from May 1 to August 31.
- Courses spanning two terms are counted as half the credit value per term (e.g. a 6 credit course counts as 3 credits in Term 1 and 3 credits in Term 2).
 Work refers to work which is authorized by a study permit. Students who also hold work permits may be able to work additional days/hours in addition to work authorized by their study permits.
UBC students are considered by UBC to be “full time for immigration purposes” if they meet any one of the following definitions:
* Students taking graduate-level courses but not enrolled in a graduate program fall into this category.
WINTER TERM 1 OR 2:
Registered ("REGI" on the SISC) in 9 more credits per winter term
Last reviewed 10/25/2016 1:14:01 PM