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Spouses, Partners & Families

In addition to the resources provided below, both International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and Vanderbilt University International Services and International Tax (VISIT) provide a great deal of support for dependants, including spouses, partners and other family members.

Children--Schools, Activities & More

Healthcare and Safety

Counseling and Community Services

Classes for Adults and Children

Recreation and Cultural Activities




In the State of Tennessee, children of school age must be enrolled in school. Public schools and private schools both exist within Tennessee and contact information for both kinds of schools, as well as information about daycare and preschool for younger children, is available below.

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

2601 Bransford Ave., Nashville, TN 37204; Tel: (615) 259-4636

Private Schools in Nashville

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce Listing of Nashville-Area Private Schools with no religious affiliation.


Many preschools and daycare centers operate in the Nashville area. VIO neither endorses nor guarantees any of the options presented herein, rather they are presented for informational purposes only.

Vanderbilt Child Care Center
Belcourt Site

2140 Belcourt Ave; Tel: (615) 936-1990

Edgehill Site

Stallworth Building; Tel: (615) 322-8076

Susan Gray School

21st Avenue South; Tel: (615) 322-8466

Brook Hollow Baptist Church

678 Brook Hollow Road; Tel: (615) 352-3099

Judson Baptist

4900 Franklin Road; Tel: (615) 833-6600


Activities for Children

Adventure Science Center

800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203; Tel: (615) 862-5160

This facility dedicates itself to interactive learning and has over 75 activities.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art

1200 Forrest Park Drive; Nashville, Tennessee 37205; Tel: (615) 356-8000

This facility offers a variety of classes and workshops for children in their Learning Center.

Fort Nashborough

170 1st Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37201; Tel: (615) 862-8400

A replica of the original settlement of Nashville that reflects the lifestyle of pioneers.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

919 Broadway, Nashville, TN, 37203; Tel: (615) 244-3340

The museum and gallery offer free admission to all visitors 18 and under. On the second floor of the gallery there is a learning center geared toward children called ArtQuest.

Nashville Children’s Theatre

724 Second Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37210; Tel: (615) 254-9103

Throughout the school year the theatre performs many great plays for children.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville, TN 37211; Tel: (615) 833-1534

A natural habitat zoo with an extensive petting zoo area.

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All Vanderbilt faculty, staff, researchers, and students are offered access to the healthcare facilities at Vanderbilt, and may purchase coverage for spouses or same sex/gender domestic partners, and eligible children from birth to 26 years of age. For additional information see Human Resources' Benefits Overview and Vanderbilt's Health and Wellness portal.

Additional information about healthcare is available from the following:


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Office of Religous Life

2417 West End Ave; Tel: (615) 322-2457

Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center

110 21st Avenue South, Suite 1120; Tel: (615) 322-2571


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English Language Classes (ESL)

English language classes are offered at Vanderbilt and throughout the community. In addition to those listed here, it is common for community organizations, churches and other groups to offer ESL courses or tutoring for Nashville's growing international population.

Vanderbilt English Language Center

1208 18th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37203; Tel: (615) 322-2277

Tennessee Foreign Language Institute

227 French Landing Drive, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37228; Tel: (615) 741-7579


Institutions of Higher Learning

In addition to the degree and non-degree offerings available through Vanderbilt University, there are numerous other institutions of higher education in Nashville--both private and public-- and broad or specialized in scope.