On any given Tuesday morning in the Auburn University Student Center, a group of women can be seen immersed in deep conversation marked by intermittent fits of laughter. On its face, the group may seem like a typical social club, but its roster reads like a miniature United Nations. The club’s membership includes women from the United States, China, Turkey, Iran, South Korea, Malaysia, Egypt and Ecuador.
Auburn’s International Wives Club may seem like a light-hearted affair, but the group fills a serious need in the community. When international students come to Auburn, their spouses often give up professional careers to move to a foreign country where they have no friends, a limited knowledge of the language and may not be able to work. The club provides an outlet for the wives of international students, allowing them to make new friends and better adjust to life in Auburn.