The Conversation Partners Program is a volunteer program that matches international graduate students who want to practice their conversational English skills with a member of the BC community. The purpose of this program is to help connect people across the university for conversation, cultural exchange, and friendship.


  • Partners are expected to contact each other to set up a regular meeting time.
  • Meeting locations are set up by the partners. You may find a good place on campus to talk over lunch, coffee etc. (Murray House, Hillside Cafe, etc.) or meet off-campus.
  • Meet for a mininum of an hour a week.
  • Submit a program evaluation form.


For international students:

  • Practice English
  • Exposure to US culture
  • Personal development
  • Meet New People

For English speakers:

  • Practice Teaching skills
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Communication Skills
  • Meet New People
  • Add to your résumé 

If you have any questions about the program, please email us at