International and Canadian Student Network

International and Canadian Student Network Logo

The International & Canadian Student Network is a WUSA student-run service on campus. We strive to make all local, international and exchange students feel welcome here at the University, and in the Waterloo community. To do that, we run a number of events each term so that you can explore the area and make meaningful connections with people from around the world! If you're looking to have a great experience at Waterloo, this is the service for you!

Group of students walking in the fall


Interested in helping run events while making connections with people from around the world? If you said yes, volunteering with ICSN is for you!

Get Involved

There are various opportunities to be involved with ICSN from volunteering as an engagement ambassador/executive member to being hired as a coordinator.

We hire volunteers every November, March, and July for the following term. Check LEADS for current positions.

Be sure to stay connected and LIKE our Facebook Page and FOLLOW us on Instagram: @uwicsn.

Current opportunities for the Spring 2021 are reduced to one - two positions as Coordinator Assistant.

For continuing or interested involvement through online platforms for Engagement Ambassadors and Executive Team Members, please email at

Mentorship & Community Resources

International Peer Community (IPC)

Open to all international students including undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students. Get connected to other international students and have upper-year volunteers supporting you.

Events hosted in the past include:

  • Coffee Chats
  • Art Attack
  • Pop Culture
  • Games
  • Food Friday
  • Speed Friending
  • IPC Pop-Up Events

Particiapate as a student or volunteer. 

To participate as a student visit the International Peer Community page.
To apply as a volunteer visit:
Contact Email:

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ICSN is transitioning into more advocacy and support for our students. Be sure to stay connected with all of our social media platforms!

Please see our Linktree for any new updates, currently we have our Spotify, Coordinators' Twitter and application links for easy access!

International Student Supports

Online Discussions

The online discussions are a chance for undergraduate and graduate international students to connect to campus and receive support during the online winter term.

Upcoming Discussions

Maintaining Self Care

Date: March 25, 2021 at 7 p.m

It's pre-exam time and taking care of your mental and physical well-being is important. Learn tools for empowerment and self-care.
Incentive for participants attending they will have a chance to win Uwaterloo swag and apparel at this meeting.

Past discussions include filing your taxes and job searching are recorded and posted at:

Also visit the link above to register for upcoming events.

Health Insurance

For full time international undergraduate students at Waterloo you can receive health insurance or University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). You will be automatically charged for the insurance as part of your tuition.
In order to activate the plan you must be registered on quest as “fees arranged” (under the finances tab).

Screenshot of QUEST fees arranged status.

Sun Life Financial will then send you a confirmation email with your UHIP card attached. You'll need to have your UHIP proof of coverage card accessible at all times in case of a medical emergency.

This plan generally covers: doctor appointments, hospital stays, and diagnostic tests.

For more details regarding UHIP coverage during COVID 19 please visit the FAQ page.  

To submit a claim:
We recommend visiting health services on campus. However if you choose to visit an off campus clinic please ensure you bring the UHIP claim form

In all cases bring your UHIP card.
For more info on insurance or health and dental plans please see the international student guide.


Build diverse connections with trips to various touristic spots around Ontario and Waterloo to Cultural Connection Nights.

Due to COVID-19 circumstances, we are continuing to be holding events online for the Winter 2021 term!

Keep yourself updated by following all of our social media pages (links are under "Contact").


Student Life Centre
Room 3107

200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1