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UCLA Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars

Whether you want to continue to improve your English language skills, you want to learn a whole new language or you want to help others learn your language, UCLA and the Dashew Center have many resources to help you do any of that.

Dashew English Programs


English Language Circle is another way of connecting international students with native English speakers. Similar to our AC&C program, English Language Circle is led by a volunteer English native speaker who can answer any questions you may have about the language or grammar. The goal is to get you more confident in speaking English. You can also practice your skills with other non-native English speakers! Check the Dashew Center’s website for meeting times.


Language Exchange connects language learners together to improve their conversation skills and meet students from around the world. This program allows you to practice a new language and teach your own language in a casual, no-pressure environment.

Language Exchange connects language learners together to improve their conversation skills and meet students from around the world. 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. Spend one hour speaking with your exchange partner in your native language, then one hour speaking in your requested language!


Do you ever talk to an American and have no idea what they are saying? What do they mean by “that’s sick!”? “hit me up!”? “I feel ya”? The American Culture and Conversation (AC&C) program is designed to help international students and scholars learn about American culture while also improving their English conversation skills. In AC&C you will learn all about American idioms, slang, social etiquette, sports, holidays and more! You will get to meet people from other countries, share global perspectives on world events and cultures and learn all of those strange words and phrases that Americans say.

Important Info:

This class is NOT an ESL (English as a Second Language) class and will not cover standard grammar, vocabulary, etc. This class focuses primarily on teaching about American culture through conversation and therefore, improving English conversation skills. You must be affiliated with UCLA to attend classes. Classes are offered in fall quarter.

See our Language Development page for more information on these programs.

ESL Courses


In order to maintain academic standards and to ensure that students are equipped with the necessary skills to pursue their studies at UCLA, the university requires that students demonstrate a high degree of English language proficiency.

For those who need to satisfy the ESL requirement by completing coursework, ESL offers academic courses which are taught by special lecturers and experienced UCLA graduate students. The ESL department offers the following courses:

  • Conversation and Fluency
  • Pronunciation
  • Public Speaking
  • American Culture Through Film
  • Business Communication: Speaking
  • Business Communication: Writing
  • English Through Language, Culture & Society

Find more information on ESL Classes.

Additional Resources


With 75+ years’ experience, Kaplan International Kaplan International is one of the industry’s most trusted English language providers. They offer world-class English education through a range of courses, from part-time vacation English to intensive prep courses like GRE and GMAT. For more information visit Kaplan's website.


The American Language Center (ALC) offers day-time intensive English programs for students and professionals with student (F-1 & J-1) visas and part-time programs for U.S. residents.

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