Spouses Program

This semester-long program is designed for spouses of visiting scholars from outside the United States. It helps spouses adjust to a new life in the U.S. by providing essential English lessons and useful information for daily life. The program also includes field trips to introduce participants to different aspects of American culture.


Offered every fall and spring semester: 9 a.m.–noon Tuesdays and Thursdays


  • English lessons: These lessons are focused on improving English speaking and listening skills and cover a variety of topics students will encounter in daily life. Students have many opportunities to participate in discussions about different cultures and life experiences, as well as group activities, role-plays and making crafts.
  • Field trips and American culture: Field trips allow students to experience American culture firsthand. The field trips include visits to many local places, such as a public library, museum, winery, garden and downtown district. Students will also visit an American teacher’s home and participate in fun activities like baking and crafting.
  • Local information: The class covers useful and practical information about living in Columbia. Teachers and students share information about food, shopping, traveling, family entertainment and education.


Any spouse whose partner currently participates in an Asian Affairs Center program is welcome to join the class. This class is not for credit, so there are no pre-tests or interviews to enroll in the class. All spouses interested in taking the class much register through the Asian Affairs Center.