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Conversation Partner Program - Fall 2019

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 conversation and to perhaps learn a bit about American culture. Each set of partners decides on a regular time and day to meet for an hour or more each week for conversation on or off campus. This program 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, but people can join any time of year. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2019.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Applications accepted throughout the fall as space permits, but partners are not guaranteed.

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


Fall 2019 Conversation Hour & Fika: This is an optional, no-host activity in the tradition of Swedish fika, open to anyone once each month, beginning in September. The time and lication will be posted in September. Bring a drink if you want, and we'll supply some afternoon sweets and lively conversation!

Below are photos from various weeks of Conversation Hour in the 2018-19 school year:

Deep thinkers on April 18  

Darth Vader & Luke Skywalker battle it out in an improv game

Neelam comparing spelling of "jazz"

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 Aug. 12, 2019.