Conversation Partner Program 2016-2017

The Conversation Partner Program is a free, volunteer program in which international students and scholars at UC Merced are matched with local members of the UC Merced community for conversations with native speakers and to perhaps learn a bit about American culture. Partners are usually grouped into pairs, with occasional trios. Each pair decides on a regular time and day to meet for an hour or more each week for conversation on or off campus. Most of the partners are matched based on stated similar interests or preferences. It is open to the UC Merced community, including graduate students, scholars, staff, faculty and undergraduates from the US and abroad. International spouses may also participate. Most partnerships begun in the fall continue through the spring, although people can join any time of year. Some partners good friends and continue meeting after the school year ends. If you are interested in joining the program, you can apply online now for the upcoming semester

APPLICATION DEADLINE:   Friday, January 27, 2017.   Late applications accepted, although matches may be delayed.

>>>> Click here to complete the ONLINE APPLICATION.  <<<<

Spring 2017 Conversation Hour:   9:30-10:30am, the 1st & 3rd THURSDAY of each month in the Lantern, beginning February 2nd. This is an optional, no-host activity open to anyone interested - Conversation Partners AND their friends/family. Look for a table with a Conversation Hour sign on it. You bring your own drink, and we'll supply a few morning snacks and lively conversation!

Group social events are announced to participants by email. 

  Photo of partners playing Settlers of Catan at Game Night Scene from Game Nighta CPP event at Coffee Bandits   Photo of Conversation Hour in the Lantern      

Call Belinda Braunstein at 209-228-4762 or send email to if you have any questions about this free program for the UC Merced community.

This page was last updated January 11, 2017.