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 are begun in the fall and continue through the spring, although people can join any time of year. Currently we are accepting applications for Summer 2018. If you are interested in joining the program, you can apply online now for the summer.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: There is no deadline for summer participants.
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Fall 2018 Conversation Hour: This is an optional, no-host activity open to anyone interested one hour each month in the Lantern Cafe. Days and times will be posted in late August. 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.