Conversation Partners matches international students, scholars and their spouses/partners at Yale with volunteers from the New Haven and Yale communities for language and culture exchange.


“This is an amazing program.
I promise you will learn a lot and benefit a lot from this program and you will never forget it!” 

OISS typically matches Conversation Partners at the start of the Fall semester.

Throughout the year, you can add your name to the waiting list
for a Conversation Partner by clicking the button below.
Matches will be made based on availability.

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The time commitment is minimal and the possible benefits include:

  • Sharing your country and culture with others
  • Expanding your understanding of people, the world and cross-cultural communication
  • (for non-native English speakers) Improving your English through informal conversation practice
  • Learning or practicing teaching skills
  • Offering friendship across cultures

More Details

Meetings are scheduled for one hour per week at any mutually agreed upon on or off campus location. Minimum commitment is four weeks, with the aim to continue for at least one semester (12 weeks). The topic and format of the meetings is up to the participants. Most often, participants engage in informal conversation; however guidelines and suggestions for topics if desired are available through the OISS. Meetings are usually conducted in English and no knowledge of a second language is required or even necessary.


English Language Support



For Volunteers
Download a presentation outling some helpful conversation tips.

For more information

phone: 203-432-2305