Resources for International Spouses

Welcome! Below are resources for the spouses of international students, scholars and faculty. ISSA’s primary responsibility is to provide information for spouses who have a Notre Dame-sponsored F-2 or J-2 visa, but most of these resources are accessible for all international spouses.

University of Notre Dame Campus Irish1 ID card

International spouses are eligible for an Irish1 Spouse ID card. The spouse campus ID card allows certain privileges, like access to free public transportation, the Library, and a Domer Dollar account. For information on all benefits of the employee spouse and student spouse cards, visit the ID Card site, which also outlines the process for how to get the card.

ISSA Programs and Events

International spouses are welcome to participate in ISSA events, including the ISSA-sponsored Global Cafe and volunteer opportunities at the Northern Indiana Food Bank. Spouses can also sign up for our the bi-weekly ISSA newsletter.

English as a Second Language (ESL) for International Spouses

The ESL for International Spouses Program was created to enrich the lives and improve the English levels of the spouses of international students, scholars, and faculty, regardless of immigration status. Experienced instructors teach conversational English, American culture, English grammar, and English literature. In the class, everyone has the chance to speak English and to ask questions.

There are two ESL class levels: Developing English on Mondays from 9:30-11:30am and Expanding English on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30am. Students sign up for only one level. Monday and Wednesday classes meet at the Center for Language and Culture, 329 DeBartolo Hall. Spouses, if you are interested in attending the class, please sign up here.

An additional elective course will be available on Fridays from 10am-12pm for all students. Fridays class meets in the Dooley Room, LaFortune.

Fall 2018 classes run August 27 to November 14 (no classes the week of Fall Break). Classes will be $30 per semester.

ISSA does not offer classes for those who are just beginning to learn the English language. For those individuals, we recommend they visit the Robinson Community Learning Center, the South Bend Community School Corporation Adult Education Center, or The Language Company for beginning English as a New Language (ENL) courses.

Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures

International spouses are welcome to participate in the Language Tables program, hosted by the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC). International spouses are also invited to participate in EAP Workshops, if there are seats available after students have signed up. Contact CSLC with questions.

Grad Student Life: Summer Soiree Series and GO Grants

Families of graduate students and postdocs are welcome to participate in the Summer Soiree Series, hosted by Grad Student Life. The fun this summer includes a cookout with volleyball, a picnic with canoeing, and other great events to connect with other students and postdocs on campus.

International spouses can also apply for GO Grants, which allows them organize a trip for 6-24 attendees and receive funding to supplement the cost. For more information, contact Grad Student Life.

Family Resource Center

The Notre Dame Family Resource Center (FRC) provides support services to married and parenting students and to pregnant students to ensure all families thrive at Notre Dame. Through year-round educational and social programming, the FRC is dedicated to building community for Notre Dame’s married, parenting, and/or pregnant students and their families and to working with established partners throughout the University to connect these students with resources to enhance their intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual formation.

Things to do in the Notre Dame community: South Bend, Mishawaka and Granger

There are many resources for discovering off-campus events and programs around Notre Dame. In addition to Notre Dame’s find.nd.edu, which offers information about all things related to living in the Notre Dame region, Visit South Bend highlights a variety of community events across the region. The local newspaper, the South Bend Tribune, collects information about events on their site, In the Bend. You will find a variety of events on DTSB’s site, which is rich with summer activities. And if you’re ready to explore beyond Notre Dame’s borders, there are fantastic events to find in Michigan and Chicago (Illinois).