Conversation Partners Now Accepting New Members

Posted on 8/29/2013 1:29:52 PM

Did you know there are over 600 international students from more than 70 countries at IUP? Don't miss out on an opportunity to get to know some of them and share with them everything you love about the United States. Join Conversation Partners!

Partners meet at their convenience at least one hour per week during the Fall and Spring semesters. Partners can practice English or another language, share their cultures, and, naturally, have fun.

In addition to enjoying the Office of International Education-sponsored pot luck and the Foreign Film and Music series, many partners have gone out for coffee, cooked a meal together, gone bowling or ice skating, and taken excursions to Pittsburgh and many landmarks in the region. The world is your oyster.

Over the years, thousands of IUP students have been paired with international students as Conversation Partners, and many participants have formed lifelong friendships.

American students attending IUP see Conversation Partners as a terrific opportunity to welcome international students and to learn about other people and cultures. In addition to the virtue of being good hosts, Conversation Partners foster global goodwill. Many American students travel and study abroad as a result of their experience with Conversation Partners. International students gain an understanding of American culture and become more conversational in English, learning key western PA words such as “yinz.”

Click here for additional information about Conversation Partners, or download a Conversation Partners application. You may return the application to the Office of International Education in B25 Delaney Hall, or send it as an e-mail attachment to

Conversation Partners is sponsored by the Office of International Education and coordinated by graduate assistant Jesse Phillips.