International Spouses & Partners Network (ISPN)

Welcome Lunch at the beginning of each semester

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 conversational English class for two levels. Enjoy Improving your English skills with other Columbia spouses/partners. 

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Dates and Time

Level 1: Mondays from 3 - 5pm, February 3 to May 4
Level 2: Thursday, from 10am - 12pm, February 6 to May 7

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

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$50 fee for the semester

Due to COVID-19 English classes are canceled for the rest of the semester.  

Check back again in August for information about fall 2020 classes.

Group Activities

Let’s explore the city together! A few times during the semester, we will visit museums, parks and galleries. Dates for the spring term 2020 are:

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February 27th
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March 26th - CANCELED

CU Family Support Network (CUFSN)

The Columbia University Family Support Network (CUFSN) is a university-wide organization that connects Columbia families with one another and promotes a diverse and inclusive university environment. They coordinate weekly playdates, events for partners, and special seasonal activities on campus.

Their schedule for playdates and family activities for the Spring 2020 term has not yet been set, but sign up below  for updates and follow CUFSN on Facebook., and check back to this page in late January.

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Playdate Schedule
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Playdate Location

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Other family activities

More Resources

Visit our resources page for more information on:

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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