ISWOP Information for Employers

Attention All Work Study Employers
Re: International Student Work Opportunities Program (I.S.W.O.P.)

50 Positions for Fall/Winter 2013-2014


Program Information

We are pleased to announce that the International Student Work Opportunities Program (ISWOP), a work study program for Undergraduate International Students piloted in winter 2005, will be available again during Fall/Winter 2013-2014.

If you have a Work Study position that is currently not filled, we invite you to consider offering that position to an ISWOP approved international student applicant. The job placement will be a wonderful learning opportunity for the international student participant and an opportunity for you as a Western employer to help further Western's internationalization efforts.

While full-time international students are allowed to work on campus, international students at Western report that employment opportunities are extremely limited. ISWOP's pilot program provided 15 international undergraduate students with financial assistance through paid part-time employment on the campus. Over 450 international students have participated since the program started. The program provides international students with the opportunity to gain and enhance skills, obtain work experience in a Canadian context, and enhance their experience of studying and living in Canada through further involvement with the Western community.

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Comments from ISWOP Participants

Comments from international student participants, ISWOP Pilot (Winter 2005):

  • "This is a really unique and unprecedented program. It certainly met the badly needed job experience for the international student."
  • "I feel that this is the first time I could get an equal opportunity to work just like Canadian students. I've learned a lot and this experience has become an important part of my resume."
  • "The job experience was very fulfilling. I got to know a lot of people and also got exposed to how Canadian work fields work and what it requires. Also, at the same time it felt good to be able to earn some money to pay off my expenses and this lifted off a burden and actually helped me focus more on my studies instead of worrying about my financial situation."
  • "Awesome experience. Interaction with someone totally new and also work relation builds up. Become more responsible to the tasks required. Prepares you for real life work experience."

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For a student to be eligible to apply to the International Student Work Opportunities Program, they:

  • must be an undergraduate International Student (not a Permanent Resident or Canadian citizen; exchange students and graduate international students are not eligible to participate in this program)
  • must demonstrate financial need
  • must have a valid Study Permit
  • must be registered as a full-time student
  • must be registered on Main Campus (i.e., students registered at an affiliate college are not eligible to participate in this program)
  • must have completed at least 2 full semesters of study at Western (i.e., should be in second year or above)
  • must be in good academic standing

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The rate of pay is $11 per hour. The maximum allocation for each student is 300 hours. Participants must complete their work hours by the end of April 2014.


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If you hire an ISWOP approved student, this will be done through the Work Study program. When you hire an ISWOP student, you will receive e-mail confirmation and instructions from the Work Study program.

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is required to work in Canada. If the student you have hired does not have a valid SIN, they will need to e-mail Angela Wilson at to request a Contract of Employment Letter. The student will be e-mailed when it is ready for pick up. Students can apply for a SIN at a local Service Canada Centre.

Visit the Service Canada website for further information about the application process, required documentation and locations:

If you have questions about the Work Study program (e.g., posting a new position, ISWOP procedures, etc.) please contact Student Financial Services at:

Angela Wilson
Student Financial Services Officer
Tel: 519-661-2111 extension 80382


Students who have questions can contact the International and Exchange Student Centre:
Diana Reynolds
International Transitions Advisor

For more information, you can view the following from the International and Exchange Student Centre's website:

Please visit the ISWOP website for full program details.

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Last Updated: September 2, 2013

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