On-campus employment is defined as employment within the boundaries of the campus or in facilities owned, operated, or affiliated with UBC. For example, your employer may be the University, a student organization, or a private contractor operating within the boundaries of the campus, such as a business in the University Village and Wesbrook Village. On-campus employment includes university-related work at facilities such as teaching hospitals, clinics, and research institutes, which may be located off campus but have a formal association or affiliation with UBC. This includes UBC’s Robson Square campus in downtown Vancouver.
What is considered "on-campus" work?
Make sure you're eligible to work on campus
In most cases, you may work on campus starting the first day of the term you begin at UBC if you have a valid study permit and you are a full-time international student at UBC.
Note: Exchange students and visiting international students are eligible to work on campus if you have a valid study permit and are full-time.
Full-time has many definitions at UBC. Visit this page to review UBC's definitions for immigration purposes.
How many hours can you work on campus per week?
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.
If you are completing your program at UBC, be sure to visit the off-campus work page for additional requirements to maintain your eligibility to work in Canada.
Benefits of working on campus
By working on campus, you can expand your social and professional networks, be more involved in the campus community and enhance your learning through work experiences in an academic setting. A portion of international undergraduate student tuition fees goes towards subsidizing on-campus work opportunities for eligible international students through Work Learn.
The information on this page may change
The immigration information on this page has been reviewed and endorsed by Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) in compliance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. However, this is not a legal document and information may change without notice. Always refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the most up-to-date information.
International Student Advising
Talk to an advisor
International Student Advisors are Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) who can help.
When emailing us, include the following information in the email:
- Your student number in the subject line
- Your name
- Your citizenship(s)
- All permit and visa expiration dates (if applicable)
- Currently in Canada (YES or NO)
- If you request specific assistance, please provide detailed information including applicable documents, such as a rejection letter