Conversation Partners

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The Conversation Partners was created to provide a rewarding experience, where all students can learn about other cultures, while establishing a friendship with someone from another country.

How it Works

International students in the Intensive English Program are matched one-on-one with WWU students. Students are expected to meet throughout the quarter, practice conversational English, and simply have fun. Conversation Partners can meet on campus or off campus anytime during the quarter for a minimum of six hours, and can participate in a wide variety of activities.

Ideas for Conversation Partner Activities

Popular activities include meeting for coffee, exploring Bellingham, and cooking together.
Check below for some additional ideas you and your partner can do together!

Academic Year:

Western's Associated Student Productions!
Find activities to do on campus, like…

  • Go see an inexpensive (or free) movie
  • Attend a concert in the VU Multipurpose Room
  • Hear live music in the Underground Coffeehouse

WWU Sports
Cheer for the Vikings at a Western men's or women's game

Western Washington University Events Calendar
Check out the numerous events happening at Western every day!

Summer Quarter:

WWU Concert Series
What: Bring your lunch, eat outside and listen to a great band
Where: Outside the PAC at WWU
When: Wednesdays noon to 1pm.
Cost: Free

Concerts in the Park
What: An evening of music, food and fun
When: Thursdays from 6 to 8pm.
Where: Elizabeth Park, Boulevard Park
Cost: Free

Other Community Events:

Check out events listed in the Bellingham Herald.
Look at the Whatcom County Tourism website.
Go to the Bellingham Public Library.
Take the bus somewhere! Explore a new part of town.
Visit the Whatcom Museum of History and Art.
Spend an hour or two at Mindport; it's fun and inexpensive!

Apply to be a Conversation Partner

The quarterly application is due on the first Friday of each quarter. Please plan on attending the Conversation Partner Orientation during the second week of the quarter for which you applied.

Western students can complete the Conversation Partners online form. IEP Students who wish to have a Partner, can visit the IEP office the first week of the quarter. We will do our best to match you with a student who shares your interests that you list on the application.

Contact Information

Thank you for your interest in being a Conversation Partner and contact us if you have any questions.
Phone: (360) 650-3308
Office: College Hall 133

Page Updated 06.25.2015