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.

ISPY Job Hunters Club
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Tuesdays 2 pm - 3 pm

The group is all about sharing ideas and experiences on how to find work in New Haven as a Yale spouse. Come and get your weekly dose of peer support and empowerment, and network with other spouses looking for a job. For more information, please contact Maki Shirado (ispyjobhunters@gmail.comor join the Facebook group

ISPY Book Club
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Every first Monday of the month 6 pm - 7 pm

Do you love books? Then come every first Monday of the month and discuss a book over a cup of coffee or tea and some cookies. We will decide together, which book we will read next. Reading and discussing books is a great exercise to practice your English and it is great fun to meet other book lovers. For more information, please join our Facebook group or contact the group coordinator Katja Maurer,

Yale International Cooking Circle
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 Pamela Laguardia (

Toddlers @ Yale

Meeting times and location are announced via email/Facebook

This group, a continuation of Babies @ Yale, is open to parents in the Yale community with children ages 1-3 years. T@Y is most appropriate for babies at least 12 months old, or those who are already quite mobile. No membership is required, however donations are collected weekly to pay for use of the facility.  Please contact our ISPY group coordinators (Katie McCracken & Chhiti Pandey) via if you have any questions or you'd like to join the mailing list. Also feel free to follow the group on Facebook.

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 Camila Olivato

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.

OISS Women's Network (OWN)
International Center, 421 Temple Street

The first Thursday of each month from 1:30 – 2:30 pm

This group focuses on female spouses, scholars and students who are interested in coming together for the purpose of discussing and facilitating women’s issues.  Goals of this group are, providing networking opportunities, fostering friendships, providing emotional support and establishing connections while cultivating intellectual curiosity.

ISPY OWN Coordinator: Zehra Abbas (


Spanish Conversation Group
International Center, 421 Temple Street

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.