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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 & Hybrid Language Exchange

Language Exchange is back starting in the Winter '22 Quarter! Apply now!

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!

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.

Applications will close at 11:59 PM PDT on Thursday, January 6th, 2022. You will be notified if we have found you a Language Exchange partner on a rolling basis from when the applications open until the Thursday of Week 2 (Thursday, January 13th).

Due to the large number of applications we receive, if you do not receive an email informing you of your status by Thursday, January 13th, please assume that we were unable to find you a partner.

So… how does it work?

Apply online. Everyone is welcome to apply!

We will introduce you to your partner via email. Then you will pick a day and time that works for you both to meet online or in-person 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 if you choose the option to meet only online.

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.