On-campus work

Make sure you're eligible to work on campus

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, such as a business in the University Village and Wesbrook Village. On-campus employment includes 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, and which are located within the City of Vancouver. This includes UBC’s Robson Square campus in downtown Vancouver.

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.

Make sure you're eligible to work on campus

In most cases, you may work on campus starting the first day of the term if you have a valid study permit and you are a full-time international student.

Full-time has many definitions at UBC. Visit this page to review UBC's definitions for immigration purposes.

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.

Contact us

International Student Development

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:

  1. Your student number in the subject line
  2. Your name
  3. Your citizenship(s)
  4. All permit and visa expiration dates (if applicable)
  5. Currently in Canada (YES or NO)
  6. If you request specific assistance, please provide detailed information including applicable documents, such as a rejection letter
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