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Conversation Partner Program - Fall 2020

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 online or in person for an hour or more each week for conversation in English.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 2020.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.  Applications accepted throughout the year, but there may be a delay in being matched if applying after Sept. 4. APPLY NOW!

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

Conversation Hour: This is an optional, no-host activity is open to anyone in the fall and spring. We might not be meeting inperson for now, but we can still talk and have a good time. Program participants will be emailed the Zoom room links for the Fall 2020 activities below, which begin in September:

FIRST THURSDAY of each month, 8-9pm: Conversation Hour!

THIRD THURSDAY of each month, 8-9pm: Online Game Night!


Below are some photos from 2019-20 Conversation Hour events, starting with results of two summer 2020 online game nights, followed by the Feb. 13 Conversation hour and then the Jan. 31 Dinner/Film Festival evening together:


Conversation Hour 2-13-20 

Dinner at J&R Tacos At the 2020 Wild & Scenic Film Festival downtown Enjoying frozen yogurt after the film festival

Jan 26, 2020 Potluck:

Hot pot!At dinnerPlaying trivia game at Jan. potluck

Fall 2019 Thanksgiving Potluck

Conversation Hour : Sauce Tasting!

    Checking out the dressings & sauces     

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

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

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. 26, 2020.