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International Spouses and Families


We know that moving to a new place, not to mention country, with your family can be a difficult adjustment. Here you will find some resources to help you acclimate to Boston and American culture.

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We encourage you to join our Facebook group to make connections with other international families at BC.

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List of BC Resources

  • Spouse IDs- for instructions on how to get a spouse Boston College ID card click here
  • BC Calendar of events from Office of News and Public Affairs. There are always free lectures happening at BC that are open to the public.
  • Free Concerts at BC- on BC music department website
  • BC Neighborhood Center- volunteer there or participate in one of their ESL programs (depending on your level of English)  
  • BC Language Lab- in Lyons Hall, Room 313.  You will need a BC ID to use the lab.  They offer an online catalog of English language resources in their computer lab.
  • Margo Connell Recreation Center - Available to students and scholars (paid or unpaid by BC), AND their spouses.  If interested, you can get a student rate pass.  Cost: $10 for a day pass, $45 for a monthly membership or purchase a semester membership for $180.00
  • Volunteer Opportunities through BC: check out the Volunteer Service and Learning Center (VSLC). For spouses, the VSLC recommends using their website's alumni page which has links to opportunities off-campus.  A student could also log onto the VSLC database and a spouse could find opportunities on there as well.  There are not many opportunities for young children, although a place like Cradles to Crayons has families volunteer as long as the kids are at least 5 years old.  If you have any questions you can email Kate at
  • Office of Graduate Student Life - Check their website for more information about living in Boston

Things to Do in Boston

  • See the beautiful autumn leaves change colors at Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain. Take the Orange Line all the way to the end at Forest Hills and walk for 7 minutes. 
  • Apple picking!  You will need a car to explore the apple orchards in Massachusetts, but it's well worth it.  Go early to beat the crowds, and don't forget to try the apple cider, cider doughnuts, and caramel apples!
  • Free museums with grad student BC ID
  • Free museums for everybody (without BC ID): Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) on Wednesdays from 4 to 9:30pm and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) on Thursdays from 5 to 9pm
  • Mapparium- at the Mary Baker Eddy Library, near the Christian Science plaza; take green line to Symphony stop. 
  • Movie theaters: mainstream movies at Regal Cinemas in Fenway (take green line to Fenway or Kenmore) or independent movies at Coolidge Corner in Brookline (take Green C Line to Coolidge Corner)
  • Boston Public Library, or your nearest public library. Many have free ESL classes and activities for children.

Check out several Boston websites for free, cheap, and local events!

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