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 email 


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.

English as an additional language Opportunities (on-campus)  The Family Program offers FREE English Language classes to International Students and their spouses or partners

Wednesdays - pre-intermediate - 5:00 -7:00

Thursdays - intermediate - 5:00 -7:00

This class will consist of a weekly online class and an in-person class once a month. For more information or to register, please email 


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.


English as an additional language (off campus)

The Association for New Canadians (ANC)

The Association for New Canadians offers FREE evening English conversation classes to all newcomers. This is the perfect opportunity to practice English by speaking with others.

In-person classes are on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at the ANC’s ESL Training Centre 148 Elizabeth Avenue (off Smithville Crescent). Drop-ins are welcome.

For more information, please contact: ESL Training Centre

Registration is free and you can join anytime.

Phone: (709) 726-6848



YMCA Conversation Cafe

For international post-secondary students and temporary foreign workers

Contact: Nasomi or call 709-691-1060


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!