Conversation Partners

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The Conversation Partners program 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 as conversational partners for the purpose of getting together, talking and practicing conversational English, and just having fun. Conversation Partners can meet on-campus or off-campus and can participate in a wide variety of activities. Popular activities include meeting for coffee, exploring Bellingham, and cooking together.

Ideas for Conversation Partner Activities
Want something to do with your conversation partner?
Check below for some activities that you and your partner can go to!

Western Washington University summer noon concert series (summer)
Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. outside the PAC
Bring your lunch and eat outside, more info ...

Free Concerts in the Park (summer)
Elizabeth Park, Boulevard Park and other Bellingham parks
Every summer Thursday from 6-8 p.m., plus select other days
Accessible by bus or car, more info ...

Western's Associated Student Productions! (year round)
Meet your conversation partner on campus and go see a great movie for super cheap (or free)!
Hang out with your partner and attend a concert in the VU Multipurpose Room!
Hear live music in the Underground Coffeehouse!
For more information and a list of different events, 
click on the A.S. Productions website link below:
Associated Student Productions website

WWU Sports (academic year)
Cheer for the Vikings with your conversation partner at a Western men's or women's game! 
For more information and sports/team schedules, click on the WWU Vikings official website link below:
Western Washington University Vikings Athletics website

Other Community Events
Check out events listed at Bellingham Herald
Look at the Whatcom County Tourism website.
Go to the Bellingham Public Library (downtown).
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!

Contact Information
Thank you for interested in Conversation Partners Program. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Phone: (360) 650-3308
College Hall 131 (#19 on the campus map)


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

To apply, please complete the Conversation Partners online form.

Page Updated 03.19.2014