Yale international students and scholars who study in the United States often face an array of challenges. Rigorous academics aside, they must also cope with relocating to a new country, overcoming language barriers, and acclimating to a new culture with little help from their network of friends and family who remain back at home.
The spouses and partners of those same students and scholars face equal, if not greater, challenges. Adjusting to a new life while their spouses are away the greater part of each day can lead to anxiety, loneliness, and even depression. In many instances, these couples are newlyweds or young families with babies, which can make the transition all the more difficult.