International Student Work Experience Program

The International Student Work Experience Program (ISWEP) helps full-time undergraduate international students paying the U of A differential fee to find employment, develop their career skills and gain valuable work experience over the summer.

ISWEP is coordinated in partnership with University of Alberta International.

Requirements of all ISWEP positions

  • Students hired must be full-time University of Alberta undergraduate international students paying the International Student Differential Fee.
  • Approved positions will receive a subsidy of $7.00/ hour to a maximum of $4,000/position
  • Approved positions must comply with Alberta Labour Standards and be hired at Alberta minimum wage or higher.
  • Participating employers must post approved positions on the U of A Career Centre’s ISWEP online job board targeting undergraduate international students. Student applications are collected and vetted for program eligibility and then sent to employers for shortlisting.


If you are currently registered full-time in a University of Alberta undergraduate degree program, have paid International Differential Fees for the current school year and will be returning to school the following academic year, you are eligible to apply for ISWEP job opportunities. No program registration is required.

International graduate students are not eligible to participate in the ISWEP.

How to participate

All eligible students can apply for ISWEP positions. No program registration is required. ISWEP summer jobs are posted on the Career Centre Job Board campusBRIDGE beginning late March.


  • Make sure to pay close attention to each job posting’s application instructions. Incomplete applications may not be considered.
  • The types of positions and duties are varied; students with a variety of educational backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.

The U of A Career Centre also posts new job opportunities each day that are not part of the ISWEP, so also check the campusBRIDGE’s Student & Alumni job board for other opportunities that might be a good fit for you.


Each summer the International Student Work Experience Program (ISWEP) accepts applications from employers looking to hire a student and have that position supplemented under the ISWEP. Approved positions are reimbursed a wage subsidy of $7.00/hour to a maximum of $4000/position.

Application process and criteria

Positions must be located within the greater Edmonton, Alberta area. All applications are reviewed and ranked by a selection committee based on a number of factors including quality of work experience, hourly salary, number of weeks and hours per week offered. Employers will be notified of the status of their application(s) mid-March. Successful applicants will be provided with further recruiting and administrative information.

Applications should include as much detail as possible about the position summary, duties and career-related skill information. Preference may be given to those applicants and/or positions that have not received funding in the past.

  • Approved positions must be posted on the U of A Career Centre job board no later than Tuesday, April 11, 2022.
  • Hires must be made and signed offer/appointment forms received by ISWEP Program Administration by Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

Please submit your employer application online here by Wednesday, March 18, 2022.


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