Western offers financial assistance to international students through scholarships, bursaries, work opportunities and emergency loans. Please select an option from the left navigation. To speak to someone on the phone or in person about financial assistance offered by Western, contact Student Financial Services or contact us at the International and Exchange Student Centre.
Western offers short-term loans to international students who encounter unforeseen financial emergencies. The maximum loan is $500. Financial emergencies may arise as a result of medical expenses, delays in transfers of funds from outside of Canada, expensive textbooks, moving, etc. The International Student Emergency Loan Fund is a revolving fund that does not receive new capital each year; for this reason, every effort is made to exercise sound judgment to ensure that funds are not lost and that sufficient funds are available to assist students in the event of an emergency.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
You must be currently registered at Western in an undergraduate or graduate program and provide evidence of good academic standing.
To apply for the International Student Emergency Loan, book an appointment with the International Student Advisor.
Student Financial Services (Office of the Registrar) administers bursaries, grants, loans and scholarships. While most of the monies are only available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents, in-course scholarships are available to international students. Most in-course scholarships and awards are automatically awarded based on course load and grades but some require a separate application. For more information visit Student Financial Services.
Visit the Office of the Registrar's page on Admission Scholarships to learn more about money that may be available to you when you to decide to come to Western.
The International Student Work Opportunities Program (ISWOP) is a work study program for international undergraduate (main campus degree) students designed to provide financial assistance through paid part-time employment on the campus. The program provides international undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain and enhance skills, obtain work experience in a Canadian context, engage with the campus community and enhance their experience of studying and living in Canada.
Please visit ISWOP website for more information on how to apply and the application deadline.
This award is given to an undergraduate international student from Mainland China, Mongolia or Tibet based on academic achievement at Western. The student must be beyond their first-year and have a full-time course load. To apply, download the application form from the Office of the Registrar (Awards & Scholarships) and submit a completed form to Student Financial Services, Western Student Services, Room 1100. This award was established by a generous donation by Jane Plas through Foundation Western.
Value: 1 award at $2,500
Deadline: TBA September or October 2016
Awarded annually to an international undergraduate student who is from a country in the Caribbean. Candidates must be registered in the Faculty of Social Science on main campus and have completed at least one course in Caribbean or Latin American Studies. To apply, pick up an application form at the International and Exchange Student Centre.
Value: 1 award at $300
Deadline: February 12, 2016
The International Student Bursary Program enables undergraduate international students in financial need to continue or complete their program of study at Western. Bursaries range from $300 to $2,000.
The applicant must meet the following criteria:
To apply for a bursary, book an appointment with the International Student Advisor.
The Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) offers financial assistance to graduate students through a variety of programs. Membership fees and Grad Club profits fund these programs.
For applications and a complete list of the financial assistance offered by SOGS, please visit the SOGS website.
A number of funding is also available through SGPS. Some funding is awarded to you upon entry into a program, some is based on recommendations from the program that is admitting you, and others you must apply for yourself, either to Western University or to an external funding agency. For more details, please visit SGPS Funding Opportunities.
The PSAC Local 610 offers financial assistance to teaching assistants who are full-time graduate students and have worked as teaching assistants within the last eight months. For more information, contact PSAC Local 610.
Starting October 5, 2015, doctoral students may be eligible for a Medical Leave Bursary of up to $5,000 for one term of leave during the full duration of a student’s degree. The bursary will be available to any eligible doctoral students on a medical leave effective September 1, 2015. The bursary will be piloted for three years ending August 31, 2018. The bursary would be granted for a maximum of one term. Students requiring a medical leave longer than one term would not receive additional funding. For details, please visit SGPS Leave of Absence information online
Awarded annually to full-time international students from China who are enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program at Western based on academic achievement. To apply, download an application form here and submit a completed application to the Master's of Public Administration Program. This scholarship was established through the generosity of the Chu Family.
Value: 1 award at $30,000
Deadline: January 15, 2016