Canada is a top-ranking destination for international students. It has some of the world’s most sought-after universities and offers a unique student life experience.
Studying in Canada is also a prominent pathway for international students thinking in the long term about settling in Canada.
Personal finances are a top priority for international students in Canada
On top of tuition, international students must consider other essentials such as textbooks, housing, groceries, and transportation.Fortunately, international students in Canada have the option of working if they are enrolled in a program of study at a post-secondary designated learning institution (DLI). There is no separate work permit required. The program of study must exceed six months in length and lead to a professional certification.
International students may work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session and full-time during scheduled academic breaks like reading weeks or over the summer holidays, provided they will return to full-time studies.
International students are allowed to have more than one job while they are studying in Canada.
Once an international student has completed their program of study, they may be eligible to work full-time in Canada by getting a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
The PGWP exists to help international students gain additional work experience, which may assist those seeking to transition to permanent residents. Many permanent residence pathways in Canada cater to those with Canadian work experience and a PGWP allows international graduates to gain that experience while establishing more roots in their communities and contributing to Canada’s economy.