Most students dream is to work and study in Canada which happens to be one of the best study abroad locations in the world. Whether you are from Nigeria, Ghana or any African nation you will find it very easy to apply for work and study in Canada using the steps below.

Luckily for most students, Canada is one of the countries where you have an opportunity of studying and working at the same time, unlike some other countries. Canada is far more receptive than most first world countries who don’t accept everybody nor make them feel appreciated and welcome.

This is the reason why lots of international students prefer Canada as their study location. Apart from that, they have over 3.000 Bachelor’s programs with 125 public and private universities.

As a matter of fact, four of their universities are among the top 100 universities in the world which includes McGill University and the University of Toronto. This explains the over 370,800 international students studying in Canada.

study and work in Canada

Work and Study in Canada.

In most cases, you can even become a permanent resident in Canada, but that’s not the topic of today. We will show you how you can become a permanent resident in Canada in the preceding posts.

Don’t worry if you also want to be among the international students that want to study in Canada. This article provides you with every detail required to work and study in Canada as an international student. You can even start the application process after reading this article.

Canada also offers Scholarship programs, but most times Canada may not be able to continually meet up with all the student needs to study abroad. This is the reason we usually recommend work-study programs for students, and thankfully, Canada has so many such opportunities.

Tuition Fees and Cost of Living in Canada

We estimated the tuition fee and the cost of living in Canada and the figures may drive you insane; the figures ranged from $5,500 to $29,000 a year. Although it depends on your study location, whether it’s in a university or an undergraduate college degree.

The estimation above includes housing, transportation, cost of food, books and other study needs. The cost above is around 13,800 and 46,000 CAD/year. but keep reading to find a way out, don’t give up on your academic dream.

Study and Work In Canada this 2020!!!

One good thing is that the Canadian Government has the best employment opportunities as well as the best study infrastructure when compared to other countries in the world. And the best part is that international students studying at a community college, a public university, or technical schools are authorized to confer degrees as well as work in the campus of their institution even without any work permit.

study and work in Canada

study and work in Canada

International students can even work for the institution itself, or for other businesses in the campus. This also includes working part-time during regular academic sessions, but for only 20 hours a week. If you want to work full-time, that will be during scheduled breaks – Spring break, Summer and Winter holidays.

The good thing is, working in Canada while studying can help you in establishing business contacts for the future. And with the average $15 to $25 hourly wage for jobs in Canada, you will be a little bit relieved of the burden of the huge cost of living and tuition fee in Canada.

On-campus Jobs for International Students in Canada

Just as we mentioned above, you can work on campus even without a work permit as an international student. And you can do this while you are still studying provided you have the following:

  • A valid study permit.
  • A Social Insurance Number.
  • A full-time student in a university or college or CEGEP in Quebec, or at a private college-level school in Quebec which must be operating under the same rules as public schools and is funded by the government grants at least 50%, or at a Canadian private study institution that can legally award degrees under provincial law.

Off-campus Jobs for International Students in Canada

You can also work off-campus without a work permit as an international student while completing your studies. Requirements include the following:

  • A valid study permit.
  • Your study program is professional, academic or vocational and it lasts at least six months and produces a certificate, degree, or diploma.
  • You are also required to be a full-time student in a post-secondary program, or in Quebec at a vocational program at the secondary level as well (Or any designated learning institution).

NOTE: You’re only allowed to work for not more than 20 hours per week (During your regular academic sessions). Meanwhile, you are only allowed to work full time during the spring break, summer or winter holidays.

Also note that certain study programs may include co-op or internships and other work requirements. Cases like this requires international students to have a work permit in order to complete the work.

How To Apply For A Canadian Student Visa

Applying for a Canadian visa is very easy because Canada has an online visa application process. This is the reason they are considered as one of the most convenient countries you can apply for a visa. Below is the general requirements and conditions for applying for a Canadian student visa:

  • You can either apply in-person or online.
  • International students will pay a general fee of about 150 CAD.
  • International students may be required to submit their biometrics, which can amount to 83 CAD.

In order to be accepted, below is the Holy Trinity of documents that international students will have to submit:

  1. Proof of financial support.
  2. ID card or your passport (Proof of identity);
  3. An acceptance letter from any Canadian institution;

NOTE: All the items listed above is not the end of the application process, nevertheless, it gives you a general idea of the requirements and documents you need to present. But if you want a step by step process, then click HERE.

Canadian University Application Process

Have you been searching for how to apply to a Canadian university? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Actually, joining a university in Canada can be a little bit complicated because some universities and program can have its own requirements and rules to determine eligible individuals.

The best way to stay up to date is to always read your emails (reply or ask questions if possible) and stay close to your university. One thing I’m certain about is that before you accept and apply for any programs or university, you’ll need to consider fees of $100 to $250.

After applying for any program or university, you will receive an e-mail which will confirm your application receipt. They will also ask for further documents or information, or they may provide a personal number in which you can contact them with.

A Few Things You Need To Know About Work-Study In Canada.

  • You work for only 20 hours per week (part-time) during regular academic sessions;
  • Hourly wage for jobs in Canada is about $15 to $20;
  • First semester begins from September to December;
  • Second Semester begins from January to April;
  • And the whole summer for those studying courses with a third trimester.

How to Apply to Canadian Universities in 2020

1). Firstly, you need to do some research about any of the universities you wish to apply and study. Ensure you have more than two options alternate between just in case.

2). Check the institution admission requirements for international students. It should be able to cover the following;

*. Language requirements;
*. Admission times;
*. Credit scores for the program or degree  you intend to apply for;
*. The application letter to the institution;
*. Your personal profiles may also be required. It’s part of your student profile which should not take more than 35 minutes to finish. There are usually three questions the university gives to you to answer in addition to two short videos and one short essay.

3). You will also need to submit vital documents such as:

*. Current CV (If Required);
*. A complete application form for your desired course;
*. A certified copy of your diploma or certificate;
*. Language results that should not be more than one year old for French or English:
*. Letter of Intent (A letter that shows your desire to enroll in the university or college as well as the course you intend to apply for);
NOTE: English tests that are generally accepted include TOEFL, C1 Advanced, and IELTS. Meanwhile, for French tests, Canada usually accept TCF, TEF, DELF, and DALF.
*. Those applying for a Masters or PhD program will provide two letters of Academic Reference and previous Letters of Employment.
*. For those who didn’t study in Canada, their education will be assessed with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). Also note that you must translate all documents into either English or French; using a certified translator. Don’t forget to include the original document in the application.
*. You must also provide your Proof of funds, which shows you can support yourself alongside anyone you immigrated with during your studies.

4). You will get your Acceptance letter after your application has been processed by the university. This is also known as Offer of Admission.

5). Finally, apply for a study permit and also prove the following:

*. You have enough funds to support yourself;
*. You have the intent to come to solely come to Canada and study;
*. Also inform the Canadian Immigration Office that you complete your studies, you intend to leave.
*. Provide your police certificate AKA Police Clearance which shows that you’re a law-abiding citizen without any criminal record (this includes DUIs).

NOTE: If you intend to study in Canada for more than six months, then you have to include a medical certificate from an approved doctor from the Canadian panel of physicians.

Additional Info: While studying in Canada, you’re required to have health coverage because the only people qualified for public health care are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Other Countries International Students Can Study While Working.

There are a number of places you can work and study at the same time, but getting a job in most of the countries are extremely difficult. Some of the most difficult countries to find a job while studying includes the Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Hungary, Cyprus, Belarus, and more. Thus, you must be financially ready to study in any of the countries we just mentioned.

Unlike the above mentioned, there are other countries you can easily find part-time jobs while studying includes USA, GERMANY, AUSTRALIA, UK, and more. You don’t need to worry much about your living expenses and tuition fees if you want to study in any of the countries we just mentioned – You can easily find a job even before resuming studies.


Are you happy with our article on Work Study In Canada? Do you have any question as regards to the topic? We would really love to hear from you. We wish you the best of luck as you apply to study, live, and work in Canada as an international student.

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