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UCLA Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars

Whether you are looking to brush up on your language skills, improve your knowledge of American culture, or develop your own skills in teaching a language, we can assist you! We offer a variety of language development programs for both domestic and international members of the UCLA community.

Learn more about each of our language development programs below.

Language Exchange

Virtual Language Exchange

Virtual Language Exchange is currently on hold for the Fall 2021 quarter. Keep an eye on our website and social media applications in future quarters.

Trying to learn a new language? Want to take what you're learning in the classroom a step further? The Language Exchange program connects language learners together to improve their conversation skills and meet people from around the world. Language Exchange is open to everyone and all language levels!

We will pair you with a native speaker of the language you are learning for one-on-one conversations that take place at your leisure and according to your schedule. You also get to help teach your own language, so that you both get the chance to help one another. Spend one hour speaking with your exchange partner in your native language, then one hour speaking in your requested language!

Note: The program is currently running virtually which means you will be conducting your exchange through means agreed upon by you and your partner, such as Zoom or Skype. We will do our best to pair you with someone in a similar time zone, but cannot guarantee it.

Applications for Summer Session C will close at 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, August 15th. You will be notified if we have found you a Language Exchange partner on a rolling basis from when the applications open until the end of Week 3 (Friday, August 20th).

So… how does it work?

Apply online. Everyone is welcome to apply!

We will introduce you to your partner via email. Then you pick a time that works for you both to meet over Zoom or Skype to share your languages with each other. Keep in mind that while we try our best to pair you with someone in a similar time zone, we cannot guarantee it, therefore your partner may be in a different time zone.

Meet virtually once a week and spend one hour speaking in your native language and another hour speaking in the language you’re learning.
The program is a one-quarter commitment. You will need to apply each quarter if you wish to participate again and would like a new Language Exchange partner. If you want to remain with your partner, you do not need to apply again.
*We will do our best to match you with a Language Exchange partner, but please note that the following language pairs have high demand:

  • Chinese speaker requesting an English speaker
  • Korean speaker requesting an English speaker
  • English speaker requesting a Spanish speaker
  • English speaker requesting a French speaker

English Language Circle

Looking for a safe and supportive space to practice your English conversation skills? Come to our weekly English Language Circles!

Each week you will have an opportunity to practice your English with other language learners. The circle is led by a native English speaker who will help you become more confident in your speaking skills and who can answer any language or grammar questions that you might have.

You must register for each circle you want to attend. Check our events calendar to register and for more information.