International Graduate Students

The International Graduate Student Issues Committee (IGSIC) is a committee within the SOGS Student Services portfolio, but many of its efforts falls within SOGS advocacy work. The committee’s policy document (mandate and responsibilities) can be found here. To get involved, please contact Join our Facebook group to stay informed about our initiatives, events, and trips.

Initiatives, Events, and Trips

IGSIC hosts an International Graduate Student Meet & Greet during SOGS Orientation (third week of September). If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please sign up here. Incoming students can register (for free) here (link forthcoming). 

IGSIC also attends the IESC’s Global Cafe at least once a term. It also co-hosts trips to Niagara Falls with the IESC, and co-hosts trips to Wonderland and Grand Bend in the summer.

IGSIC recently ran an International Graduate Student Satisfaction Survey (2017-2018) (results forthcoming). The Executive Summary from the 2013 survey can be found here.


IGSIC hosts Immigration Seminars and Tax Info sessions, in partnership with the IESC, every year. See past seminars here. We also post a graduate student Tax Newsletter here every year.

IGSIC is hosting a petition to support fairness for international students. For more information, please read and sign the petition ( in support of international students. 


International Graduate Students: Guide to Western University
Created and managed by the SOGS International Graduate Students Issues Committee (IGSIC)

Western International welcomes LGBTQIA+ International Students

Government of Canada: Citizenship and Immigration
Studying in Canada
Western’s International & Exchange Student Centre
International Student Health and Wellness









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