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Conversation Partners

Conversation Partners LogoConversation Partners, sponsored by the Office of International Education, matches international students with American partners in an effort to promote global awareness, multicultural interaction, diversity, and friendship.

Enjoy Intercultural Opportunities!

As international students leave behind their family, friends, and culture, adjusting to a new environment is often difficult. As international students adjust to their new surroundings, communication may also be a major concern. Conversation Partners will help international students communicate in English as well as learn more about American culture. Partners meet once per week so that communication will gradually become easier and more natural. Your partner will also help you to learn about the new culture in which you are living.

Getting to know people from another culture is an eye-opening experience. By learning about individuals from another culture, you learn to be a more accepting person with worldly knowledge. Teaching and learning from each other is mutually rewarding.

Benefits for International students: 

  • Experience American culture
  • Learn about IUP and the surrounding community
  • Practice your English (if you do not speak English already)

Benefits for American students:

  • Experience a unique culture
  • Learn a new language
  • Add International Experience to your resume without leaving Indiana

American participants who have not participated in the past are required to complete a brief training session designed to strengthen your multicultural understanding and help you succeed in the program.  

Share the best of your culture—yourself!

You can apply by filling out an  application. If you have any questions, please contact  Conversation-Partners@iup.edu. This program is not available during the summer. 

Note for International Students: Conversation Partners runs on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to students in their first academic year at IUP.

  • Office of International Education Conversation Partners
  • 920 Grant Street
    Delaney Hall, Suite B25
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2295
  • Office Number: 724-357-2295
  • Fax: 724-357-2514
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.