ISPY Programs

Our Spring ISPY Orientation will be held January 18-19 for all newly arrived spouses and partners. You can find registration information and more details here 

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 OISSPlease note that all ISPY programs will restart on January 22nd. Please contact the group leaders to see if they will be meeting outside of the OISS during the break.

Download our ISPY Handbook for helpful resources about life at Yale and in New Haven.


Babies @ Yale
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Mondays and Fridays 10:30 am - 12:00 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, Effie O'Krent ( or join the Facebook group.

Specialty Coffee Tasters at Yale
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Mondays 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Life is too short for bad coffee. Join us to find your favorite new coffees by learning and trying out different comparative cupping techniques every week. We will learn how to use coffee sensory skills using the SCAA Cupping Form to evaluate and score fresh roasting specialty coffees from all over the world. All coffee lovers are welcome to join us! Bring your own coffee to share with new friends, or just bring spoons (or borrow from the OISS) to do the cupping. Pour-over coffee will be served after the cupping. For more information, please contact the group coordinator, Xiaoxiao Kang, a licensed Q-grader, at, or find us on Facebook!

Personal Development & Wellbeing
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Dates TBD

Are you interested in self-development? Join our interactive sessions that promote discussion about self-improvement, awareness, consciousness, and more! Perhaps you have experienced a recent change or you simply want to meet like-minded people who are looking to improve different areas of life such as education, career, health, spirituality, etc. We offer a support group through a safe and understanding environment to talk about some of the challenges for self-improvement. We will exchange tools and resources to develop a growth mindset and discover our potential. Let’s get together and start cultivating deep social connections! For more information, please contact, or find us on Facebook!

Job Hunters
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Wednesdays at 5pm

Are you looking for a job? (Or will you be looking for one in the future?) Join our group and learn from others about creating effective resumes –in the American way– and writing superb cover letters, networking like a pro, nailing job interviews, and in general just to get support through the (sometimes stressful) process of job hunting. You don't have to go through it alone! Come join us! For more information, please contact the group coordinator, Victoria Cotino at, or find us on Facebook!

Toddlers at Yale
Location updated on Facebook - Toddlers at Yale

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00 pm

Meet fellow parents, bring your toddlers, and bond over shared experiences as international families in New Haven! This is best for toddlers ages 1-4. Please join the Facebook group to get updated information, or contact the group at

Yale International Cooking Club
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Dates TBD

Come to meet fellow food lovers from around the world to share new ideas and learn about other's cuisines. We will meet once a month for a potluck dinner to share recipes, learn new cooking technique's, and challenge one another! For updates about the meeting times, please follow the Cooking Club on Instagram (@yicc17) and join our Facebook group. 

Top Stitch @ Yale
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Fridays 2:30-4:00 pm

Come and learn how to sew with a new group of friends! We will learn how to find patterns online and how to use them, how to read paper patterns and transfer them to fabric, how to choose the right fabric and the differences between fabrics, plus much more! For more information, join our Facebook group or contact the group coordinator Karina Wolf (

Knitting/Crocheting Group
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Wednesdays 10:00 am - 12:00 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 3:30 pm - 5:00 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, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

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, 12:30pm - 2:30pm

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

La Leche League at OISS
International Center, 421 Temple Street

Tuesdays, February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 15 from 3:00-4:30pm

The mission of La Leche League International is to help mothers worldwide breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. We hope to provide a support system to all new mothers at Yale, that are far away from their friends and family. Nursing babies and toddlers are welcome; please feel free to bring a beverage or snack! For more information, please contact Helen at