How do I Work while Studying in Calgary (or Canada)?
Many students want to know if they can work while they study. It can be a big challenge to study six months or longer without working to earn money. Before June 1, 2014 there was a Study & Work Program available. However, this program is no longer available for students studying English as a second language.
After June 1, 2014 the Canadian government decided study permit holders are:
- eligible to work off campus without a work permit;
- allowed to work off campus for up to 20 hours per week during a regular academic session and full time during regularly scheduled breaks; and
- able to work off campus immediately rather than waiting six months.
To qualify, you must:
- have a valid study permit,
- be a full-time student,
- be enrolled at a designated learning institution at the post-secondary level or, in Quebec, a vocational program at the secondary level, and
- be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration.
Unfortunately, this does not include students studying English as a second language.
This information is available at the Citizen & Immigration Canada (CIC) website. There is also a self-assessment tool to see if students are eligible to work in Canada.
So, what can students studying English as a second language do? Check out our Pathways Program!
Our Pathways Program leads to college or university education and a study permit (if approved by CIC) for working off campus. Also, most of our partner colleges and universities won’t require TOEFL or IELTS scores, need a registration fee, and will issue a letter of acceptance.
Contact us to get started on your path to future success!