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. Improve your English skills with other Columbia spouses/partners!

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Level 1:  Mondays, Sept. 16 - Dec. 2 
Level 2: Thursdays, Sept. 19 - Dec. 5 

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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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$50 fee for the semester

Monthly Group Activities

Let’s explore the city together! A few times during the semester, we will join the ISPN English program to visit museums, restaurants, parks and galleries.

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Monday, Sept. 23
Thursday, Sept. 26
Monday, Oct. 21
Thursday, Nov. 14


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Meeting Spot

We will meet at the Nash Building (3280 Broadway, Fifth Floor, Suite 510) after the English Program on specified Mondays or Thursdays at 12:00 PM and leave from there.

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Who is Invited?

Open to all spouses and partners

You do not need to be enrolled in the English class.

No Need to RSVP! Just show up!

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.

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Playdate Schedule

Saturday mornings from 10 - 11:30 am

October 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 23
December 7

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Playdate Location

Lerner Hall, Green Room. If you do not have a Columba ID to enter the building, please register here so the Lerner Hall desk will have your name on the list. 

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Other family activities

Annual Halloween Party - October 26
Thanksgiving Celebration - to be determined
Holiday Party - to be determined

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