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Conversation Partner Program - Fall 2018

Conversation Partners iconThe 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 are begun in the fall and continue through the spring, although people can join any time of year. Currently we are accepting applications for Fall 2018. If you are interested in joining the program, you can apply online now!

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  "Rolling." Late applications accepted as space permits. Local speakers always needed.

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

Upcoming group social events:

Thursday, Nov. 15 / 3-4pm / Lantern / Conversation Hour & Fika (open to friends & family, too) 

Friday, Nov. 30 / 6pm / off-campus / International Potluck Dinner Party

Fall 2018 Conversation Hour & Fika: This is an optional, no-host activity in the tradition of Swedish fika, open to anyone interested twice each month in the Lantern Cafe. We meet the first and third Thursday afternoon of each month. Look for a table with a Conversation Hour sign on it. You bring your own drink, and we'll supply some afternoon sweets and lively conversation!

A few photos of fall 2018 Conversation Partner Program events are below. Join in! 



Group playing game at Coffee Bandits Sept. 4, 2018

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 and international family members.

This page was last updated Nov. 14, 2018.