International Spouses & Partners Network (ISPN)

Welcome Lunch at the Beginning of Each Semester

The next welcome lunch will take place on February 2, 2023. 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. Improve your English skills with other Columbia spouses/partners! The Tuesday and Thursday sessions each meet from 10AM - 12PM (except for Tuesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 16).

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Tuesdays, February 7 - May 2
Thursdays, February 8 - May 4

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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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$65 fee for the semester

Monthly Group Activities

Three times during the semester, there will be 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 March and April with activities and games that remind them of home. Activities are open to all spouses/partners. 

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Outings Schedule

Friday, February 17th at 1:00 PM
Friday, March 24th at 1:00 PM
Friday, April 21stat 1:00 PM

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Spring Lunch Schedule

Friday, March 3rd
Friday, April 7th

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