Innovative International Student Support Programming

Innovations in Programming for Spouses and Dependents

Institution Program Details
Duke University

International Spouses & Partners

  • Duke University offers extensive support to international spouses and partners by providing orientation. The Spouse/Partner orientation session serves to welcome all new international spouses or partners to Duke University.
  • The International House staff, current international spouses/partners, and community resource center representatives will be presenting information on acclimation tips and resources. The International house staff will discuss the resources and services available at Duke University as well as through the International House in detail. Current international spouses will share their personal experiences and antidotes for adjusting to life in the US and the local community. The local community resource center representative will provide information about their organizations and how they can make your Durham experience more rewarding.
Princeton University

International Spouses and Partners of Princeton University (ISPPU)

  • ISPPU is an organization created by and for the spouses and partners of Princeton University's international scholars and graduate students. As the official sponsor of ISPPU, the Davis International Center (Davis IC) provides guidance and support.
  • ISPPU develops supportive activities and programs in which you can meet other spouses and partners and build relationships. You will learn helpful information about living in the U.S, make friends, and have fun! Some of our activities include families and children.

Tigers with Cubs

  • Tigers with Cubs is a great way to interact with other Princeton graduate and postdoctoral students with children. The club is open to both American and international families and is a good way to make new friends.
Northwestern University

International Women's Group

  • Women of all nationalities gather to make new friends and share international customs. Social activities take place in members' homes and other places of special interest.

International Children's Playgroup

  • A bimonthly playgroup for children provides an opportunity to meet other international parents while children play.
Stanford University

International Spouses, Partners & Families

  • The Bechtel International Center (I-Center) extends a warm welcome to the spouses (wives or husbands) of international students and visiting scholars at Stanford. It is our hope that your time at Stanford will be an enriching experience for every member of your family. The I-Center, the Stanford campus, and the surrounding communities have much to offer apart from the academic dimension.
  • While the scholar will be facing academic and research challenges, each spouse or partner will be facing a somewhat different, but also important, challenge in building and adjusting to a new life here. The following resources can be useful first steps in enriching your time here.
  • Our Welcome Committee for International Families is available to answer questions of newcomers in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese
University of Alabama

International Spouse Group

  • The International Spouse Group is a new group, specifically designed to bring together the spouses of international students, faculty, staff and scholars for activities and interaction.
  • The goal of the International Spouse Group is to offer an opportunity for spouses who have come to Tuscaloosa with an international student, faculty, staff or scholar to connect with others, learn from each other, and share unique knowledge and experiences. This group is open for the wives or husbands of international students, faculty, staff, as well as American spouses who are interested in making international friendships. We provide support in adjustment and acculturation while living and learning in the U.S.
University of California at Los Angeles

Spouses' Circle

  • Just because you're here for your better half doesn't mean you can't be active part of our center! Spouses' circle is for anyone who is here on behalf of their partners. This group is self-run by its members so programs are designed for the specific needs of the community. Build a family of your own here at UCLA and meet other spouses that can relate to what you're experiencing. Children are always welcome!
  • Click here to view Spouses' Circle flyer at UCLA

We would appreciate your feedback. We would like to hear from you about any programs you've developed to help support the orientation and integration of international students on your campus as well as others you've seen as positive models at other institutions! Please provide that information to us at