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UCLA Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars

Dashew Center currently offers two language development programs that are open to both international and domestic members of the UCLA community.

Join one of our programs to practice a language you are learning, improve your knowledge of U.S. culture and phrases, or develop your own skills in teaching a language. Learn more about each of our language development programs below.

Language Exchange

Language Exchange applications for Summer 2023 are open now - Apply Today!

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Are you working on learning a new language? Do you 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 members of the UCLA community and all language levels!

How does the Language Exchange program work?

Apply for the Program
All members of the UCLA community are welcome to apply - this includes students, staff, faculty, scholars, dependents, etc. Applications will close at 11:59 PM PT on Wednesday, July 5, 2023. You will be notified if we have found you a Language Exchange partner on a rolling basis through Friday, July 14th. Apply here

We will introduce you to your partner via email. You will have the option to conduct your exchange either completely virtually or in a hybrid format (both virtually and in-person)through means agreed upon by you and your partner, such as Zoom or Skype. Additionally, we will do our best to pair you with a virtual partner in a similar time zone, but we cannot guarantee it.

Meet & Chat
Meet virtually or in-person once a week and spend up to one hour speaking in your native language and up to another hour speaking in the language you’re learning.

The program is a one-quarter (or summer) 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 the same 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

Contact us with any questions:

English Language Circle

English Language Circle dates are open for Spring 2023! Please view our Events page to register for each individual event.

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Are you looking for a safe and supportive space to practice your English conversation skills? Check out Dashew Center's English Language Circle (ELC)! Here you will have an opportunity to practice your English with other language learners. The circle is led by a community member, who is a native English speaker and experienced ELC facilitator, who will help you become more confident in your speaking skills and who can answer language, culture, and grammar questions.

Sessions will all occur in-person during the spring quarter.Please email us at with any questions.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch to these sessions! On May 11th, we will have an ELC Social event, and lunch will be provided for all participants.

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

Meet our English Language Circle Facilitator!

Rachelle Hamilton

Hello! My name is Rachelle and I grew up in the heart of the U.S. in Kansas City, Missouri. I have a passion for languages and cultures and strongly believe in being a lifetime learner. I have several international family members which gave me a love and appreciation for cultures around the world. I have dabbled in learning several languages (but I am the worst at all of them! haha) so I can truly empathize with anyone learning another language. I have been part of English Language Circle since 2010 and love being a resource to others. No matter what level you are at, we would love to have you join!