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Conversation Partner Program - Summer 2022

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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 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. Although the program is primarily during the academic year, a few partners are matched in the summer. Applications are accepted at any time.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:   Applications are accepted throughout the year. Local English speakers are always needed!

>>>> 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. Spring Conversation Hours and social events may be in person or online, depending on current COVID-19 restrictions. 

Below are some photos from past Conversation Hours, online Game Nights, and other events Conversation Partner Program events:

    Enjoying frozen yogurt after the film festival

Jan 26, 2020 Potluck:

Hot pot!At dinnerPlaying trivia game at Jan. potluck

Fall 2019 Thanksgiving Potluck

Darth Vader & Luke Skywalker battle it out in an improv game  


   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 June 22, 2022.