International House (IHouse)

Int'l Spouses and Partners


International Spouses and Partners Orientation

Welcome! The Spouse/Partner orientation session serves to welcome all new international spouses or partners to Duke University. Please note that this orientation is for ALL NEW international spouses/partners that are affiliated with Duke (students, scholars, or employees).

The Fall 2019 International Spouses and Partners Orientation will be held on Friday, August 30.  Come meet other spouses - both new and those who have been here for a while.  Attend the mini resource fair and learn about things to do at Duke and within Durham.  

What: NEW international spouse/partner orientation

When: Friday, August 30. Registration begins at 8:45am.  Orientation starts at 9am.  Orientation will finish by 10:45am.

Where: 1415 Faber St, Jewish Life Center (Corner of Swift Ave and  Campus Dr) Duke University Campus.

Note: There is limited parking at the Freeman Center on Faber Street & Powe Street.  Please take the C-1 bus from East or West Campus if possible.

Questions?  Contact Lisa at: or call 919.681.3922

Spouses and Partners

We understand that coming along with your spouses/partners means that you need additional information and resources. We strive to provide you with the support you need and hope to create an environment where you and your partner/spouse can connect, learn and grow.

In addition to the information below, please visit our Children and Families webpage.

For those of you whose partner is affiliated with a Duke School listed below, there are additional Spouse/Partner Groups you can join. 

Divinity School: Divinity Spouses Group

Duke Graduate School: Students with Children:

Fuqua: Fuqua Partners

Nicholas School of the Environment: NicPartners


Fact Sheets & Links


Babies and Toddler Group


The Babies & Toddlers group meets weekly. If you have been stuck in the house and want to meet and talk to other moms (dads welcome too!) then please come and join us! This is a great opportunity for young children to have some "playtime," while parents have a little "social" time. This group meets at various locations, please contact us for more information.

Join the spouses listserv to get group updates and information about this group. 

2019-2020 Group Leader; Paige Vinson: 

Cooking Club

Taste dishes from around the world! Participants take turns teaching a favorite recipe. The Cooking Club meets weekly at the kitchen of:

Blacknall Presbyterian Church (click for directions)
1902 Perry St
Durham NC 27705
(919) 286 - 5586

For additional information or if you would like to share a ride to the cooking site please contact Hanke de Vries – van den Ende. Join the spouses listserv to receive cooking club updates and schedules.

Book Club

Are you a book lover?
Do you want to learn some deep insights from friends all over the world?
Do you enjoy sharing your opinions?

Each Friday  at noon, we come together to have an engaging book discussion. Our books are carefully chosen by our leaders to allow for an accessible level of English, of inter-cultural understanding and wholesome discussion. Each week, our leaders create questions for a guided discussion. Our discussions have allowed a multiplicity of viewpoints from which we all learn about each other's cultures. We have found that the atmosphere of compassionate understanding permits an honest and authentic exchange.

During the semester, books are generally chosen from the Durham County library book kit selections, which contain 15 copies of one title. In some cases, we also enjoy viewing films together based on the books we have read. We also try to integrate writing into our meetings.

The books we have read in the past:

The Newlyweds (by Nell Freudenberger)
Orphan Train(by Christina Baker Kline)
Psychic Detective Kim Stride in the Mozart Mystery (by Joanne Napoli)
The Fault in our Stars (by John Green)
Interpreter of Maladies (by Jhumpa Lahiri)
Joy Luck Club (by Amy Tan)
The Soldier's Wife (by Margaret Leroy)
The Color of Water (by James McBride)
If I Stay (by Gayle Forman)
The Lowland (by Jhumpa Lahiri)
The Little Prince (by Antoine de Saint-Exupry)
The Prophet (by Kahlil Gibran)

For further information about the Book Club, contact Ms. Joanne Napoli.


English Hour

Come improve your English skills through conversation, games, and more.  If you're already a good speaker, come help others improve!  We meet weekly at International House during the school year. Group meets Fridays from Sept-May.  Contact: Joanne Napoli