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. If you are interested in joining the program, you can apply online now for the upcoming semester.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Spring 2018 applications due Friday, Jan. 19. Late applications will be accepted, although matches may be delayed.
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Spring 2018 Conversation Hour: Beginning January 18, 2018, this is the third Thursday of each month, 10-11am, in the Lantern. 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.
A few photos of past Conversation Partner Program events are below. Join in!
Call Belinda Braunstein at 209-228-4762 or send email to ELI@ucmerced.edu if you have any questions about this free program for the UC Merced community.
This page was last updated January 8, 2018.