Make sure you're eligible to work on campus.
Important definitions for immigration purposes
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. See below for how UBC has defined it 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:
Graduate students (enrolled in a graduate program)
- Registered (“REGI” on the Student Information Service Centre (SISC, this is the faculty and staff-facing side of the SSC)), or
- Continuing (“CONT” on SISC)
Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students*
This category also includes Diploma in Accounting (“DAPP” on the SISC), Juris Doctor (JD), Unclassified (“UNCL” on the SISC), Access Studies (“ACES” on the SISC), Exchange (“EXCH” on the SISC), and Visiting (“VISI” on the SISC) students.
* 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
SUMMER (MAY TO AUGUST):
- Registered ("REGI" on the SISC) for 9 or more credits, and
- Do not meet the definition of "scheduled break"
FINAL ACADEMIC TERM:
Registered ("REGI" on the SISC) in any number of credits in the “final” term – “final” as determined by their academic advising office before program completion
If a final course spans two terms (e.g. 6 credits), each term may be determined to be a final term.
If final coursework is taken during the summer session (May to August), the student can be registered for any number of credits during this period. Their full-time status continues until their letter of completion is available.
Visiting International Research Students and Visiting Research Exchange Students
Visiting International Research Students (VIRS, and at UBC Okanagan, VIRO) and Visiting Research Exchange Students are considered by UBC to be “full time for immigration purposes” if they are registered (“REGI” on the SISC). Please check with Go Global if you think this applies to you.
Students with academic accommodations
Students with academic accommodations are considered to be “full time for immigration purposes” if they are registered in 6 or more credits and have reduced course load accommodation as determined by Access & Diversity (Vancouver), or the Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) in line with Policy 73, Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.
Outbound exchange students
UBC students away on exchange term(s) abroad are considered "full time for immigration purposes” if they are registered (“REGI” on the SISC).
UBC students on a co-op work term are considered by UBC to be "full time for immigration purposes” if they are registered (“REGI” on the SISC).
UBC Okanagan English Foundation Program students
UBC students enrolled in the UBC Okanagan English Foundation Program are considered by UBC to be "full time for immigration purposes”.
UBC students who completed program requirements and whose program completion letter is not yet available are considered by UBC to be “full time for immigration purposes”.