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,
Visit the Office of the Registrar's page on Admission Scholarships to learn more about money that may be available to you when you
The International Student Work Opportunities Program (
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: September 2018
Awarded annually to an international undergraduate student from a country in the Caribbean who demonstrates the greatest financial need. Candidates must be registered in the Faculty of Social Science. Students must apply for this bursary by completing an application form and submitting it to the International and Exchange Student Centre by January 31st. This bursary was established through Foundation Western by donations from family in memory of Professor Frank Manning, a faculty member in Anthropology.
Value: 1 award at $300
Deadline: January 31, 2019
The International Student Bursary Program enables undergraduate international students in financial need to continue or complete their program of study at Western. Bursaries
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.
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 2019