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. In August we will begin accepting applications for Fall 2021.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Preference is given to applications turned in by Sept. 3, 2021. However, 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, no-host activity is open to anyone in the fall and spring. Fall Conversation Hours may be in person or online, depending on current COVID-19 restrictions. Fall dates will be posted once determined.
This year's first event is an Online Game Night with Jackbox Games! Friday, Sept. 24, 8-9pm. Login info was emailed to program participants.
Below are some photos from past Conversation Hours, online Game Nights, and other events Conversation Partner Program events:
Jan 26, 2020 Potluck:
Fall 2019 Thanksgiving Potluck
Send email to ELI@ucmerced.edu if you have any questions about this free program for the UC Merced community and international family members.
This page was last updated Sept. 1, 2021.