How to Work and Study in Canada; Rewarding Part-time and Full-time Jobs for International Students
Canada has over 30 universities listed among the best academic institutions worldwide according to the World University Rankings created by THE (Times Higher Education).
Types of Student Jobs Available
It is possible to work either on-campus or off-campus after you must have been admitted. You will be permitted to work under the following conditions;
- Part-time – up to 20 hours per week during semesters
- Full-time – up to 40 hours per week during holidays
You can do volunteer job or internship, this will boost your CV. You can do it through the help of support programs like “Youth Employment Strategy” – which focuses on skills link, career focus, and Canada summer jobs.
Who is Eligible for a Summer or Part-time Job during their Studies in Canada?
In order to be eligible to work while studying in Canada, you must fulfill the following criteria;
- you must be a full-time student with a valid study permit
- hold a social Insurance Number (SIN)
- you must study a vocational or professional program that finishes in a degree, a diploma, or a certificate
- if you work on campus, you won’t need a study permit or SIN; you can also exceed the 20 hours per week limit during semesters
Efficient Job Hunt Steps in Canada
- get a Social Insurance Number
- find out age limits in jobs
- besides writing your CV and cover letter, you can also check out websites for career opportunities. There is a hidden job market that is based on recommendations, so link up with the people that might help
- join professional student association or committee
- do volunteer work
- participate in information sessions
Some of the Most Prominent Part-time Jobs for Students in Canada
You might not find a job in your field of study but you can learn something new while on the job that might boost your CV.
- Book keeper; 25 CAD dollar per hour
- Educational Interpreter; 13 CAD dollar per hour
- Customer service assistant; 11 CAD dollar per hour
- Sales assistant; 12 CAD dollar per hour
- Cook; 13 CAD dollar per hour
- Office assistant; 13-15 CAD dollar per hour
- Lifeguard; 12 CAD dollar per hour
- Human resource assistant; 13 CAD dollar per hour
Summer Jobs for Students in Canada
- Painter; 13 CAD dollar per hour
- Festival coordinator; 10 CAD dollar per hour
- Camp counselor; 12 CAD dollar per hour
- Program facilitator; 13 CAD dollar per hour
- Entertainment activities coordinator; 14 CAD dollar per hour
- Baker; 11-22 CAD dollar per hour
- Recreation facilitator; 15 CAD dollar per hour
Major Cities You Can Easily Find Student Jobs in Canada
Tips for Students who wish to work in Canada
- Be specific about your experience, skills, knowledge; add references to your Resume when applying
- Choose it very carefully as it may become a career path for you after school
- You need to be serious if employed, impress your employer and if possible, indicate interest to continues working after school
- After school you will be qualified to apply for a post-graduation work permit that allows you to work in Canada for up to 3 years; you must have a valid study permit and apply within 90 days after graduation.
Keep reading to find useful information about tuition fees, living costs and scholarship opportunities for studying in Canada.
University Tuition Fees in Canada
Tuition fees at Canadian universities are a bit high but generally lower than those from countries like the United Kingdom, the USA or Australia. University fees may vary yearly, as you will notice differences depending on the city or degree program. Newfoundland universities, for instance, have the lowest tuition fees, while Ontario is the most expensive area.
Tuition Fees for Bachelor’s degrees
Range of Tuition: 550 – 30,000 CAD/year. Bachelors in Medicine, Engineering, and Social Science are among the most expensive study programs.
Tuition costs for popular programs;
- Bachelors in Business & Management: 550 – 56,000 CAD/year
- Bachelors in Computer Science & IT: 1,535 – 55,500 CAD/year
- Bachelors in Engineering & Technology: 1,350 – 55,000 CAD/year
- Bachelors in Social Sciences: 1,025 – 56,000 CAD/year
- Bachelors in Natural Sciences: 1,780 – 53,000 CAD/year
Tuition Fees for Master’s degrees
Tuition range: 1,075 – 65,000 CAD/year. Masters in Business, Engineering, Computer Science and Law are the most expensive.
Tuition costs for popular programs;
- Masters in Business & Management: 2,150 – 52,700 CAD/year
- Masters in Computer Science & IT: 2,150 – 52,500 CAD/year
- Masters in Engineering & Technology: 2,150 – 52,500 CAD/year
- Masters in Medicine & Health: 2,150 – 58,300 CAD/year
- Masters in Social Sciences: 2,150 – 37,000 CAD/year
The purpose of these tuition fee ranges for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs is to help you figure out what kind of budget you need to study in Canada. You don’t have to choose the most expensive programs because higher costs don’t always equal better education. Focus on finding the sweet spot between your budget, tuition, and what you want to get from your study program.
Check the list of Canadian universities with the most affordable tuition fees:
- Memorial University of Newfoundland – tuition fees: 2,150 – 11,460 CAD/year
- University of Regina – tuition fees: 1,715 – 20,050 CAD/year
- Royal Roads University – tuition fees: 3,750 – 27,600 CAD/year
- University of Saskatchewan – tuition fees: 4,110 – 24,000 CAD/year
- Athabasca University – tuition fees: 1,625 – 17,250 CAD/year
Even at these affordable universities you can find several study programs that cost over 30,000 CAD/year. They are usually Master’s degrees in Business, Law, Dentistry or MBAs (Master of Business Administration). An MBA is particularly expensive, with tuition fees that go above 50,000 CAD/year.
Tuition Fees at Top-ranked Universities
Here is a list of tuition fees at some of the top-ranked Canadian universities:
- University of Toronto – tuition fees: 15,750 – 57,050 CAD/year
- University of British Columbia – tuition fees: 1,300 – 52,300 CAD/year
- McGill University – tuition fees: 2,230 – 58,300 CAD/year
At these top universities, some Master’s programs in Architecture, Computer Science, and Business Administration can cost over 63,000 CAD/year.
Cost of Living for International Students in Canada
Living costs in Canada are a bit above average, but the high quality of life is guaranteed. You would need between 800 – 1,500 CAD/month for most provinces, such as Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa.
Vancouver and Calgary are some of the most expensive cities in Canada, where living costs can reach 2,000 CAD/month.
You’ll have many housing options to choose from in Canada, and an equally diverse price range.
The main housing options for students in Canada are:
- Student residences: 250 – 625 CAD/month
- University-arranged home-stays: 400 – 800 CAD/month
- Rent & share an apartment: 300 – 700 CAD/month, prices for rent depend on location and facilities. If you choose to rent a studio/one-room apartment, you can pay over 1,000 CAD/month.
Other costs associated with accommodation
When you rent an apartment or studio, it comes with extra costs:
- basic utilities (electricity, water, heating, garbage): 150 CAD/month
- internet: 50-70 CAD/month
You won’t spend too much on food bills, just around 300 CAD/month for shopping from the local supermarkets and groceries. Some of the cheapest supermarkets you can find all over Canada are Canadian Superstore, Walmart, No Frills.
If you wish to eat in a restaurant, you will have to pay around 10 – 25 CAD. A three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant will cost 50 – 65 CAD.
Students enrolled in a Canadian university, aged between 18 and 25, will benefit from discounts when purchasing the monthly transport pass.
- The total price of a transport pass is 90 CAD/month, while a one-way ticket is worth 3 CAD.
- Taxis are also a common way of transport all over Canada and fares are between 2 and 6 CAD/ km.
Funding & Student Support
Here are some financial aid programs that support international students in Canada;
- Scholarships provided by various Canadian universities for Master’s and PhD studies
- Scholarships available to non-Canadian academic institutions to facilitate collaboration with the local academic community
Study Permit and Visa in Canada
To study in Canada, you will need a study permit. It costs 150 EUR and you should apply for it before you travel to Canada. These are some of the documents you need to provide during the application process:
- Acceptance letter from the university
- Valid passport or travel document
- Documents that show you can financially support yourself in Canada
You can learn more about the student permit on the Canada.ca website. Keep in mind that the student permit isn’t a visa and it doesn’t allow you to enter Canada. When you apply for the student permit, also check what type of visa you need and how you can get it.