ISPY Programs

OISS encourages international spouses and partners to get involved and make your stay at Yale a positive and enriching experience. See the many ISPY events listed below and feel free to contact the group organizers for more details. If you would like to start a group of your own, please contact OISS.

Babies @ Yale
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Mondays and Fridays 10:30 am - 12 pm

This playgroup is an ideal opportunity for little ones to begin socializing and learning about group play. This is also a great meeting place for parents and caregivers looking for opportunities to practice speaking English, and for everyone to share experiences, tips and ideas.  As the International Center does not offer a child-proof setting, Babies @ Yale is recommended for babies and toddlers that will be content playing together behind the glass partition (up to approximately one year).  The OISS has a limited number of toys and books available to the group. Families are invited to bring their own activities to share with the group. If you are interested in joining the group, and for details regarding summer meeting locations, please contact the group coordinator, Maki Shirado ( or join the Facebook group.

Yale International Cooking Club
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Meeting Times TBD

Discover delicious new recipes from all around the world, share ideas, notes and variations with people from the Yale community interested in cooking and food. For more information, please see our Facebook group or contact the coordinator Karina Wolf (

Knitting/Crocheting Group
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Wednesdays 10 am - 12 pm

Come together with fellow knitters (or those who crochet and do other needlework!) over a cup of coffee or tea at the IC. All are welcome, even if you don't know how to knit or crochet. For more information, contact the group coordinator Rosario Padilla,

Traditional Chinese Painting and Calligraphy
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Wednesdays 2 pm - 4 pm

Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world, dating back to the Neolithic Period. This group is open to anyone interested in Chinese painting and calligraphy. Please contact, for more information or visit the group website.

Spanish Conversation Group
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Every Friday, 11:30am-12:30pm

Join us for a lively conversation in Spanish! Come and meet your fellow Spanish speakers from around the world at the OISS. This is an opportunity to improve and learn Spanish from each other and make new friends. Open to all Spanish speaking proficiency from beginner to advanced and native speakers. The SPC is not a language class, but rather a weekly opportunity to practice your language skills in a pleasant, low-key setting. Please contact: Find us on Facebook!

Japanese Conversation Group
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Every Tuesday, 1:30-2:30pm

You can improve your Japanese and also learn about Japanese culture! Let's enjoy Japanese traditional games, seasonal events, and so on! For questions, please send an email to

Crafty Thursdays
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Every Thursday, 10am-12pm

Join our brand new ISPY group at OISS! We will be making many crafts and learning many different techniques. Our goal is to make a unique craft for each season and learn with each project more about U.S. holidays. Everyone is welcome to join. Hosted by: Maria Padilla ( 

Yale Productivity Group
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Every Friday, 11:30pm - 1:30pm

The Yale Productivity Group, also known as the “Anti-Procrastination Group” or the “Trick-yourself-into-getting-things-done Group” is for independent workers and learners. The group gets together to provide a structure, spend time with other people, break down goals into manageable pieces, set deadlines and keep each other accountable. Contact Nora Parren at for questions. Also, check out the work the group is doing on their Facebook page