International Student Advisory Committees

What are the International Student Advisory Committees (ISAC)?

The Undergraduate International Student Advisory Committee (ISAC-UG) and the Graduate International Student Advisory Committee (ISAC-G) are student working groups consisting of international students who provide advice and feedback on the international student experience at the University of Waterloo.

Applications for membership for ISAC-G are now closed for the 2024-25 cohort.

Applications for membership for ISAC-UG are now being accepted until Sunday, July 21, 2024.

What does ISAC do?

Both committees enhance the experiences of international students by providing feedback and recommendations to the International Student Experience (ISE) team in the Student Success Office. They advise on programs, services and support in the development of new initiatives.

Through conversation-based meetings that occur two to three times per term, ISAC-UG and ISAC-G capture the student voice by advising ISE on services, and programming. They work to identify gaps and opportunities in current supports and services, and may collaborate with other departmental units and student organizations at Waterloo when needed.

General eligibility criteria

ISAC-UG is open to international undergraduate students and ISAC-G is open to international graduate students, who hold a valid study permit. Consideration will be given to students who are Canadian Citizens that have spent most of their lives outside of Canada, recent newcomers (Permanent Residents) and other populations who may identify as having similar experiences to international students.


As an ISAC member you would be expected to:

  • Participate for a minimum of one year (three terms); with the opportunity to be reappointed for up to one additional year.
    • Undergraduate committee runs between September 2024 and August 2025
    • Graduate committee runs between May 2024 and April 2025 
  • Attend virtual meetings of approximately two hours, three times per term, with additional meetings as required.
  • Perform tasks assigned.

Duration of meetings

Meetings are approximately two hours in length, using the following format:

  • 30 minutes – introduction to topic (e.g., ISE program overview by ISE staff)
  • One hour – discussion  
  • 30 minutes – open forum conversations (i.e., opportunity for members to share relevant challenges they've experienced or gaps they've identified)

Group responsibilities

The responsibilities of the committee are to:

  • Provide advice to the International Student Experience team regarding existing international student programs, supports and services.
  • Assist with identifying new programs, services, supports and other initiatives.
  • Advise on and recommend improvements to international student experience services and programs.
  • Provide a central forum for the discussion and sharing of information and ideas on matters relating to the international student experience.
  • Members may be called upon to support other varying initiatives specific to the international student experience including representing international students in other forums.

Benefits of membership

As an active member of the advisory group, you will:

  • enhance your communication, leadership and community building skills
  • advocate for positive changes on your campus
  • gain valuable experience in a committee setting  
  • build relationships with university staff and other students who are passionate about enhancing students’ experience

ISAC roles

There are two role opportunities available on the ISAC:

Application process

Prior committee experience is not required. To apply, fill out the online application form, including submitting a package consisting of a cover letter and resume. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered.

Information sessions  

Join one of the upcoming Undergraduate International Student Advisory Committee (ISAC-UG) info sessions to learn more and have your questions answered:  

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. ET 

Register in Portal.

Equity statement

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or disability.

For questions regarding the International Student Advisory Committee please email