International Students’ Caucus

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About the Caucus
News & Events
Year-End Report: April 2015
Caucus Legislative Program
Caucus Agenda
Get Involved


 About the Caucus

The International Students’ Caucus shall act as the body that coordinates efforts centered around international graduate students’ interests and concerns. Meetings will be held monthly and will focus on the needs of the caucus’ members and the needs of all international graduate students including social interaction, networking, and potential changes in programming and/or governance at the university, city, and/or provincial levels.

Looking for New Executives

We’re looking for new passionate executives to join the team. The ISC is a group under the UTGSU mainly serves international students’ interests, including academic success, social interaction, networking, and potential changes in programming. Here you will have the opportunity to propose and run events, practice organization, and leadership skills, and networking with professionals. You will get the most support from the ISC and the UTGSU, and most importantly, you will be working with other great people like you! If you are interested, don’t hesitate to send your application and resume to


Chair: Shenglong You,

Co-Chair: Yanshan Cao

Secretary: Secretary: Pedro Henrique Boasquevisque

UTGSU Exec Liaison

Elizabeth Eng, Internal Commissioner,

Now Available: New Resources for International Students
International students, the School of Graduate Studies has just released two resources designed for you. Check your inbox for the new international edition of Gradschool e-news, which shares essential deadlines, events, and news items with the international graduate student community. Visit the SGS International Graduate Student Portal at for a handy guide to tricampus services and supports for international students.

Events (Fall 2016 – Winter 2017)

UHIP Workshop, Sept 14, Wednesday 5-7 pm at UC152

As an international graduate student, do you have questions about your health insurance plan, like the UHIP, the UTGSU Health and Dental Plan, and the CUPE 3902 Top Up Plan? Ever wondered how you will be covered when you are on an international travel? This workshop is for you! The International Students’ Caucus of GSU invited the expert on insurance policies to talk about how to navigate the world of health insurance and how to get the most out of your coverage on Wednesday, Sept 14 from5-7 PM @UC152 (University College). Please RSVP at by Sept 13 if you’d like to join us. Snacks will be provided.

Welcome to U of T Social Pub Night, Sept 21 Wednesday 5 pm at GSU Pub
The International Students’ Caucus (ISC) would like to invite all international graduate students and friends to a Welcome Event at the GSU pub on Wednesday Sept 21st from 5pm. Come and meet other international grads and enjoy free drinks and food. RSVP at

Nuit Blanche Social Night Oct 1 Saturday 8 pm:
Come and join other international students for an evening of contemporary art events. Refreshments will be provided. More information and location TBA.

Permanent Residency (PR) workshop
If you decide to stay in Canada, learn about several ways you can apply to become permanent resident of Canada from a workshop with an immigrant lawyer. More information will be available.


UofT Most Understandable Scientist (MUST) competition
Join the UTMUST competition to practice you presentation skills on a broad platform. Time and location to be determined


Time and location to be determined

Christmas Market Visit
Time and location to be determined



Announced as required. If you would like to join, please email us at

Year-End Report: April 2015

Please see the ISC year-end report here: Year-End Report 2015 [pdf]

Caucus Legislative Program

International Students’ Caucus Legislative Program 2013-2014 [pdf]

Caucus Agenda

This year, the caucus will be focusing its efforts on the following:

a) Organize a series of workshops informing international students with regards to their specific needs, including:
Insurance plans about UHIP/GSU
Permanent Residency options
How to obtain funding as an international graduate student
b) Providing opportunities for international graduate students to meet and socialize with each other
c) Organize the UTMUST competition to provide a platform for international students to showcase their researches
d) Advocating for improved funding for international graduate students
e) OHIP for all campaign

Want to Get Involved?

Volunteer Leadership Opportunities within the Caucus:

ISC Activities and Events Coordinator(s)
This person will be responsible for organizing social gatherings and events for international graduate students. Events will take place on and off campus.

ISC Funding Researcher/Advocate(s)
This person will be responsible for finding all of the funding opportunities available to international graduate students at the University of Toronto. He/she will also be responsible for finding avenues in which the ISC can advocate for improved funding for international graduate students, either through scholarships, bursaries, and/or grants.

ISC Marketing/Outreach Coordinator(s)
This person will be responsible for advertising ISC events and meetings. It has become evident in our meetings that many international graduate students do not know about the ISC and do not hear about our meetings and events. So this person will be responsible for finding new ways to advertise so that more international students hear about what we do!

ISC Health Insurance Researcher/Advocate(s)
This person will be responsible for learning about how UHIP works and the differences between UHIP and OHIP. He/she will also find avenues in which the ISC can advocate for re-integration of international students into OHIP, either without cost or with a paid premium. Our previous attempts to lobby for changes have found dead ends due to recent changes in the provincial government. Therefore, new strategies will need to be created that can best address this issue.

ISC Secretary
This person will be responsible for taking attendance and meeting minutes at our ISC meetings. He/she will type up all the meeting minutes and send them to the ISC chair for distribution.

ISC City Representative(s)
This person will be responsible for attending the City of Toronto’s International Students Program Organizing Committee meetings. He/she will keep the ISC abreast of all city-sponsored events related to international students and will take ISC feedback to the city in order to improve the city’s current programs.

Contact ISC Chair for more information or to join the ISC listserv!