Information for Spouses/Partners of International Students

We offer a wide range of support for spouses/partners of International Students. If you would like more personalized information on community and university support for your family, please make an appointment with the family advisor, Georginne at


Work and Volunteer Opportunities

Spousal Open Work Permit: For more information visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

Finding work: Your spouse will need a resume to look for work in Canada, for more information see resume format and content. Looking for a job can be stressful, especially in a new country. Further information on where to find jobs can be found in the employment section of our handbook. You can also make an appointment with the career advisor by emailing

Volunteering is a great way to meet people, become familiar with the community and develop skills to include on a resume. Information regarding volunteering opportunities can be found on campus at the Student Volunteer Bureau or the Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.

ESL Opportunities (on-campus)

There are several opportunities (that are free) for your spouse to practice their English skills: 

  • NEW in-person ESL classes.

    Beginner Class 
    Intermediate Class 
    For more information or to register, please email the Family Advisor.

  • ESL classes for spouses/partners of international students. The Internationalization Office and the Association for New Canadians (ANC) have partnered to offer FREE English as a Second Language class for women who are partners or spouses of international MUN students. This ESL class is virtual on Tuesdays from 6 pm to 8 pm. If you would like to join the class, please contact the Family advisor for more information.

  • Coffee Club: The Coffee Club presents a great way of meeting other students on campus. It is free to join and there is always interesting conversation and lots of opportunities to socialize. To join, please contact Juanita Hennessey.

  • Discussion group: Weekly topics range from study habits, loneliness and other topics such as adjusting to life on campus, healthy eating and living. To join, please contact Juanita Hennessey.

ESL Opportunities (off campus)

  • Teachers on Wheels is an adult literacy organization operating primarily in St. John's and the surrounding areas. Through one-to-one tutoring with trained volunteer tutors, they aim to provide adults with a good educational alternative to the more traditional classroom setting. Lessons take place at times and locations convenient to the two. Services are best suited to individuals with basic English skills. For more information, contact Tom Dawe at 738-3975 regarding eligibility and assessment.
  • Bethesda Church offers a weekly Online English Conversation Cafe for all community members on Wednesdays 7 - 8 pm. Register here, or email Susanne for more information.


Community Programs

For a comprehensive database of resources and programs in the city for families, click here

To learn about community programs both on and off-campus for spouses/partners of international students, see our Facebook page!