International Spouses & Partners Network (ISPN)

Welcome Lunch at the Beginning of Each Semester

The next welcome lunch will take place at the beginning of the Spring 2023 semester, date to be determined. You will learn more about the University and meet others like you! At the welcome lunch you will learn about:

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Child Care

Child Care & School Options
Back-up care

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Cultural activities around NYC area
Volunteering opportunities in NYC
Recreation and wellness programs
English programs

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Employment and Housing

Housing and relocation
Step-by-step process to apply for J-2 employment authorization

Weekly Conversational English Classes

We offer a weekly multilevel conversational English class in two separate sessions, either every Monday or every Tuesday from 10AM - 12PM, except for Nov. 21 or 22 during Thanksgiving week. Improve your English skills with other Columbia spouses/partners!

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Mondays, Sept. 19 - Dec. 5 
Tuesdays, Sept. 20 - Dec. 6 

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10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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ISSO conference room, 5th Floor, Suite 510, Nash Building, 3280 Broadway (132 - 133rd St.)

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$60 fee for the semester

Monthly Group Activities

On several Fridays during the semester, we will go on a group outing to visit museums, restaurants, parks or galleries. Details will be sent when you register for information below. In addition, fellow spouses have organized a get-together with lunch in October and in November with activities and games that remind them of home. Activities are open to all spouses/partners. 

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Outings Schedule

Friday, September 30
Friday, October 28
Friday, November 18

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Fall Lunch Schedule

Friday, October 14
Thursday, November 10

Virtual Sessions

We offer two virtual sessions by Yvonne Lefort, MA, a career coach and intercultural trainer, to help you adjust to living in the U.S. and prepare for applying for a job. Learn more in the links below. 

More Resources

Click on the button below to learn about:

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Employment, Study, English Language Programs

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Community Involvement/Volunteer Work, Family Support, Child Care and Schools,  Children in NYC

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Libraries, Gym Membership