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Conversation Partner Program - Fall 2023

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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 in person or online for an hour or more each week of 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. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:   Most participants joined at the start of the Fall 2023 semester, but applications are accepted throughout the year! Just click the application link below

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

Conversation Hour: This is an optional, monthly, no-host activity is open to anyone in the fall and spring. Conversation Hour is the first Friday of each month. The next one will be Dec. 1, 2023, 10-11am, in the Multicultural Center (KL 169) on campus. Non-partners who are interested may join in!

Below are a few photos from past Conversation Partner Program events:

           Enjoying frozen yogurt after the film festival


Send email to if you have any questions about this free program for the UC Merced community and international family members.