Bring Your Partner & Family!

The partners and families are a vital part of SFU's graduate student and postdoctoral fellow community. Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies helps you and your family members navigate life at SFU and in Greater Vancouver.

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Community Cooking Workshop

Cook and eat a (3-course!) Peruvian dinner with other partners/spouses and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows families!

The Workshop is for partners/spouses of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. You can come alone, or bring your partner and/or children. We will have some toys for children. All genders welcome.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by April 2, 2019. Please note that you will need the SFU ID (9-digit number) of your partner.

If you can no longer make it, please let us know so we can give your spot(s) to someone else.



Tuesday, April 9, 2019

5:00 - 8:00 PM

SFU Women’s Centre (TC 3014), Burnaby Campus



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Job Search Success Online Course

Are you a spouse or partner of a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow and searching for a job? Receive expert feedback on your cover letter and resume, and engage in activities that are relevant in today's diverse workplace. Think differently about your experiences and how your unique background can positively contribute to your job search and learn intercultural communication skills.

Application period: January 24, 2019 to February 5, 2019.
Note: Applicants will need the SFU ID of their spouse/partner to apply.

Only 15 spots, so don’t wait! Preference will be given in the following order: International spouses/partners, spouses/partners who relocated from Canadian provinces other than BC, all others.

You will receive an e-mail on or before February 7th, 2019 that confirms your participation.

Please note that we have reached the maximum number of applications. If you have applied, you will receive an e-mail that confirms your participation OR your place on the waitlist. 

If you do not wish to participate any longer, please give way to someone on the waitlist and contact us at

[Jan 28, 2019]

The online course is open February 11th - March 8th, 2019.

Workload: Approx. 1-2 hours per week for a period of 5 weeks; study at your own pace



Facilitated by an expert from SFU Career & Volunteer Services.

Spouses & Partners Meetup

Are you a spouse or partner of a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow? Would you like to meet other spouses/partners? Come join the weekly Spouse & Partner Café to connect with others, share experiences, and navigate life in Greater Vancouver together.

This is a volunteer-run group from and for spouses and partners of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from across the world. Whether you want to make friends, find out or share insights about day-to-day essentials such as schools and childcare or doctors in Greater Vancouver, or practice your English in a safe environment, this group is for you. You are more than welcome to bring your child(ren)! All genders welcome! Drop-in; no registration required.

Tea and sweets will be provided!

Date Topic
Mar 11 Childcare and schools
Mar 25 Things to do in Greater Vancouver
Apr 1 Health care and finding a doctor
Apr 8 How to get around: Transportation, driver's license, etc.
Apr 15 Healthy food: Let's share recipes!
Apr 22 NO MEETUP (Easter Monday)
Apr 29 Plan ahead for the summer break: What to do with your kids?

Schedule is subject to change. Please let us know if you would like to see another topic!

Mondays, 10:00 – 11:00 AM (Spring 2019 term: Feb 4 to Apr 29. 2019. No meetup on Mar 4 and 18.)

SFU Women’s Centre, All Genders Resource Area (TC 3014), Burnaby Campus

Questions, comments, concerns?
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Share your expectations with us beforehand if you wish.

Tandem Language Exchange

Spouses/partners of graduate students are eligible to participate in the Tandem Language Exchange program at the Centre for English Language Learning, Teaching and Research (CELLTR)

“Tandem” is a method of language learning that pairs up two people who want to learn each others’ languages. Let’s say you want to learn French and can teach Spanish, or you want to improve your English and help someone improve their Mandarin. This program pairs you up with someone on campus and facilitates casual language learning and conversation sessions.

It's free, and runs through a period of 8 weeks, typically starting at the end of the first month of the new term (i.e. end of January, May, and September).

Registration is required. If you are a spouse/partner of a graduate student, please get in touch with Tomke ( prior to registration.

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