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.

We are now hiring for all positions!

- Coordinator (1/2 term)
- Executives
- Engagement Ambassadors
- Peer Support Volunteers

Please check our Linktree to find out more information about these positions!

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

Participate as a student or volunteer. 

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

Currently Trending...

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 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 Spring term.

Upcoming Discussions

Filing your taxes in Canada

Date: May 28, 2021

A representative from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) presented on the basics of how to file your own income tax return and understand more about the Canadian tax system.

Please note: This session was not recorded due to confidentiality reasons.

Housing in Waterloo and Leadership Development

Date: June 18, 2021

Topics include:

  • Supporting students in Waterloo Residences (upper-year and grads) presented by Delores Lanni, Residence Life Coordinator
  • Searching for off-campus housing presented by Abigail Joza, Coordinator of Residence Ambassadors
  • Leadership development opportunities presented by Jill Knight, Peer Mentorship and Student Leadership Program Coordinator

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

Also visit the link above to register for upcoming events.

Upcoming Student Success Workshops

May 19: Immigration Information Sessions: Post-Graduation Work Permit (Undergrad)
->10AM - 11:30AM EST
May 26: Immigration Information Sessions: COVID-19 Immigration Updates
-> 10AM - 11AM EST

Register in Portal (link the word Portal with

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 Spring 2021 term! However, we are also taking time to revamp the service, so there will not be any big Cultural Connection Nights. Instead keep in touch by watching our reels on our social media platforms!

Upcoming Events
TBA (To be announced)

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