UMD: A Globally Connected University

International Spouses/Partners

Each semester International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) and the International Spouses Organization (ISO) has the immense pleasure of welcoming the spouses/partners of international students, visiting scholars, and international faculty to our university community.

We would like to be a part of your adjustment to this new culture. We have planned events that will allow you to meet other spouses/partners, introduce you to your new community, and help you to improve your communication skills. Among the usual activities are potluck lunches, lectures, and tours. We believe you will learn and have fun at our meetings. In fact, if you have children, please feel free to bring them along. They add to the merriment!

If you have recently arrived and haven't yet connected with us, be sure to contact Sue and ask for a Welcome packet. This includes information about the University community, services related to health & fitness, socializing opportunities, and transportation. There are also resources to assist you in your housing search and community resources such as local shopping areas.

Please give us a call or send an email if you have questions. We will be happy to help you get connected with the International Spouses Organization.  If you are on Facebook, please join our group (see button below).  If you would like to be included in our email notices, please see the contact information below.

In the meantime, you may find the following links to be helpful.

Questions or comments? Please contact:

Mimi Lemma, ISSS Liaison
301-314-7744 or