Support for Spouses

National Defense University recognizes that while you are busy with your coursework, it is important to ensure that your spouse is being supported. For this reason, ISMO has created a number of programs that empower spouses to experience American culture, develop their English skills, and build lasting relationships with other spouses and members of the NDU community.

Please note that all dates are tentative and subject to change.

Arlington County Police and Arlington County Public Schools Briefing

Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend these informational briefings with the IFs. The Arlington County Police will cover safety regulations that are important for all families, including seatbelt and car seat regulations. Arlington County Public Schools will cover information about the public school system, and will explain how to register your dependents for school if you have not already done so. Spouses and families are welcome to attend the ceremony.

Sponsor Welcome Reception


At this casual reception, families will be able to meet their sponsors and mingle with others in the community. The event provides the chance to eat great food made by the sponsors, meet other families in the program, and begin developing a friendship with your sponsor.

Washington DC Tour


Spouses and dependents are welcome to accompany the International Fellows on a tour of D.C. This is a great opportunity to become familiar with the area in which you will be living and visit some of the greatest cultural landmarks in the U.S. 

Arlington REEP

The Arlington Education and Employment Program (‘REEP’) provides English instruction to adults over the course of 12 week sessions. These sessions have many start dates and vary in price and language level. They offer ESOL courses for native speakers of Amharic, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, French, Spanish, and Mongolian.

New Neighbors ELL

M/W/F 9:30am-12:00pm

New Neighbors is an English Language Learning Program costing $120 per semester with the option of paying an additional $125 for childcare. The program has a test that will place you in one of ten levels, three of which are designated for students who have little to no grasp on the English language. Seats are limited, so be sure to complete New Neighbors Registration!

Spouses International Cultural Exchange (SpICE)

Every Friday, starting in September

This volunteer-run program helps foster relationships between spouses and allows its participants to learn from other international spouses at NDU. Some activities include visiting museums in DC, country presentations, celebrating holidays, and attending local events. The SpICE coordinator is Ms. Corrine Shoen. Spouses are welcome and encouraged to join the SpICE Facebook Group.

Field Studies Program (FSP) – Family/Spouses

ISMO coordinates one FSP trip for IFs + families, and one FSP trip for IFs + spouses. The location and dates of both trips remain to be determined. Per regulation, ISMO is only allowed to pay for IFs, and therefore spouses and families will have to cover their own costs. They are welcome to accompany the IFs on social events and city tours.


Please let us know if you have any questions



Child Immunizations & School Physicals

For students whose children will be attending Virginia Public Schools there are five medical requirements you must complete, please click the link below for more information.

Immunizations & School Physical Info

Childcare Info

More information about options for childcare in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area can be found here

Childcare Info