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 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 Spring 2020.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: The main deadline for spring was Friday, January 24, but applications accepted throughout the year! APPLY NOW!
>>>> Click here to complete the ONLINE APPLICATION . <<<<
Conversation Hour & Fika: This is an optional, no-host activity in the tradition of Swedish fika, and open to anyone. Spring 2020 Conversation Hours are the second Thursday of each month: Feb. 13, Mar. 19 (postponed from the 12th), and April 9, 3:30-4:30pm. As of March 2020, these are held ONLINE through https://tinyurl.com/Belindaszoom until further notice. We might not be meeting face-to-face, but we can still talk and have a good time.
Upcoming Conversation Partner Events: Next up is Conversation Hour Online on Thursday, March 19th. Upcoming face-to-face events are postponed until further notice.
Below are some photos from 2019-20 Conversation Hour events, starting with the Feb. 13 Conversation hour and then the Jan. 31 Dinner/Film Festival evening together:
Jan 26, 2020 Potluck:
Fall 2019 Thanksgiving Potluck
Conversation Hour : Sauce Tasting!
Below are photos from various weeks of Conversation Hour in the 2018-19 school year:
A few photos of fall 2018 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 and international family members.
This page was last updated March 16, 2020.