Spouses & Partners Orientation Schedule

Fall Orientation (September 2 - 4, 2015)

Are you in New Haven with your husband, wife or partner who is studying or working all day at Yale? Are you wondering what you’re going to do with your time? Come to this program and meet other spouses & partners. Learn more about the opportunities and resources available to you at Yale and in New Haven. You are welcome to attend all or part of our Orientation, as you wish. 

Note: The  details of the Orientation are subject to change. Please check for updates as the Orientation date approaches.  Last updated: August 6th, 2015

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Date/Time Tentative Schedule

Day 1

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015


Welcome & Orientation Meeting
International Center (IC), 421 Temple Street 

Tea and refreshments will be available. You'll have an opportunity to meet and interact with other new spouses and partners and learn more about resources at Yale, including those available through the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS).


Introduction to ISPY: Getting involved with the international community at Yale
International Center (IC), 421 Temple Street

During this session, you’ll meet members of the OISS staff, and learn about the best ways of getting involved in our international community at Yale. ISPY group coordinators will also be here to share their stories, and inform you on how to get involved with various interest groups & create your own. 


Worklife Program Information Session421 Temple Street

Informational Talk with Susan Abramson, Manager of the Worklife and Child Care Programs at Yale
In this session you will hear about the various programs that Yale offers for Yale affiliates &  their families, and you will listen to a brief introduction to child care/education & babysitting resources in New Haven.


Sitar Restaurant, 45 Grove St.

We’ll be going to one of New Haven’s best lunch deals. Yummy all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. Bring $10 cash (which includes tax and tip or more if you order a beverage), or pre-pay online by clicking below.  

Reserve your lunch spot 

1:30-2:30pm Yale Health Center /New Haven Reads (concurrent sessions)

Yale Health Center (Group A- Spouses of Yale Employees begin here)
55 Lock Street 
Join a 20-minute tour of the Yale Health Center and find out about how to use your Yale Health coverage, as well as the many services offered at Yale Health, including translation services if you are not comfortable speaking English.

New Haven Reads (Group B- Spouses of Yale Students starts here)
45 Bristol St.
New Haven Reads provides an environment where children and adults
have access to free books and tutoring to increase their literacy skills and academic performance. A representative from New Haven Reads will give a brief tour of their space and introduce you to volunteer opportunities with the organization.


Ice-cream and frozen yogurt shops on York Street 
Behind Sterling Memorial Library 

Enjoy some Frozen Yogurt with us for a sweet end of the tour day!

Day 2

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015


Meet @ IC (OISS)
421 Temple Street 

Tea & refreshments available; we'll walk together to the McDougal Center, or you can meet the group there at 10am.


McDougal Center: Yale Police/Safety Session
320 York Street, McDougal Center, Room 119

Representatives from Yale Police and the Office of Public Safety will introduce you to the safety resources available to you at Yale and answer any questions you may have about living in New Haven.


McDougal Center Tour & Lunch at HGS Dining Hall/ Sterling Memorial Library Tour (concurrent sessions switch off) -

McDougal Center (Group A: Spouses of Yale Employees and with young children start here)
320 York Street
See what resources and comfy spaces await you here at the McDougal Graduate Student Center (also open to postdocs and, most importantly, to spouses and families). 

Sterling Memorial Library (Group B - Students Spouses start here)
120 High Street
This specially arranged hands-on orientation is to introduce you to the incredible resources Yale’s library has for you. Learn about the powerful databases for international news and articles. Learn how to access these from home. So whether you want to just keep up with what’s going on in the world or if you’re completing your own research, this session is for you.

Reserve your lunch spot 


2pm Payne Whitney Gym Tour -Tentative
70 Tower Parkway 

Visit one of the most complete units of indoor athletic facilities in the world, the nine and one half story PWG features training facilities, swimming pools, and individual classes, whether or not you decide to become a member. 

3:15pm Group picture! outside the Payne Whitney Gym

Day 3

Friday, September 4th, 2015


Meet @ IC (OISS)
421 Temple Street
Tea & refreshments available.


English Language Resources and auditing courses at Yale
421 Temple Street

During this session, we'll talk about opportunities to learn, practice, and improve your English through ESL Programs, and English Language support services at Yale and New Haven. In addition to that, we'll talk about obtaining your Yale ID and what you need to get one issued


Volunteer Information Session
421 Temple Street

This session will serve as guide to seeking and obtaining rewarding volunteer job experiences at Yale and New Haven. We'll cover information on IRIS, New Haven Reads, D.E.S.K, and additional programs in the New Haven area.

11:00am Peabody Museum Tour 
170 Whitney Avenue 

Come along to this specially arranged tour of the Peabody Museum of Natural History; please feel free to bring your children.  

12:45pm  - 2:00pm

Lunch at Charley’s Place (Evans Hall, SOM building) - Tentative
165 Whitney Avenue

Charlie’s Place features globally-inspired cuisine with a spotlight on local products. Please know that Evans Hall does not accept cash. Please bring $10 cash per person (exact change please, or debit/credit card for your own purchase). This will cover the cost of a sandwich and a bottled beverage. Alternatively, you can purchase your ticket in advance by clicking on the link below:

Click here to reserve your spot 

2:00pm-3:30pm East Rock Park 
Trowbridge Environmental Center at East Rock Park

Enjoy a sunny day in one of New Haven's most popular parks, with a playground for kids, picnic areas, trails for hiking and exploring, and a small river for canoeing or fishing. Bring water and comfortable shoes!