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Conversation Partner Program - Spring 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 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 several new partnerships are forms each January, and people can join any time of year. Currently we are accepting applications for Spring 2019. If you are interested in joining the program, you can apply online now!

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  "Rolling." Applications accepted throughout the spring as space permits. Local partners (English speakers) are encouraged to join!

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

Upcoming group social events:

Thursday, Mar. 7 / 2-3pm / COB 270 / Conversation Hour & Fika (open to friends & family, too) 

Spring 2018 Conversation Hour & Fika: This is an optional, no-host activity in the tradition of Swedish fika, open to anyone interested twice each month COB 270. We'll put a sign on the door so it's easy to find. (The Lantern Cafe proved to be too noisy!) We meet the first and third Thursday afternoon of each month. Bring a drink if you want, and we'll supply some afternoon sweets and lively conversation!

Photos from Feb. 21 Conversation Hour:

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 Feb. 26, 2019.