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Small World Program


Conversation partners are American and international students interested in meeting to practice English and to broaden their horizons by learning more about each other. This program is a bridge between cultures, and quite often, long lasting friendships develop between conversation partners. Just what does a conversation partner do? An American student and an international student are paired together according to shared interests. The two then meet regularly to practice English-speaking skills and to share about each other’s culture. The benefits of the experience can be great!

  • The international student is given the opportunity to meet an American student on a more personal level.
  • The international student is given the chance to SPEAK ENGLISH and to hear English as it is spoken every day, including slang, idioms, etc.
  • Learning about American culture is another benefit enjoyed by international participants.
  • American students benefit by learning about another culture and becoming a friend to the international student.
  • Participants develop a different perspective of their own country as well as other countries.

Becoming a conversation partner is easy!

  • Complete an application form and return it to the IPS Office. To download the form, click here:
  • Based on the information given on your application, you will be paired with a Partner.
  • You will receive an e-mail with your partner's name and phone number and a brief description of some of his/her hobbies, activities, and interests. Usually, we ask the American partner to make the initial contact to set up the first face-to-face meeting.

Please be patient! It may take a couple of weeks for the office to match you with a Conversation Partner, depending on how many people apply for the program at any given time.


Calendar

08/19/14 - 08/24/14
Fall Int. Orientation


08/26/14
Culture Night

7:30 p.m. - Ruston Hall


08/29/14
Welcome Picnic

4:30 p.m. - Grimes Haus

Join iClub in welcoming new students to USI while enjoying a free picnic dinner and outdoor games!


09/9/14
Study Abroad Information Session

9 a.m - 10 a.m - UC 2202

Learn about available programs, costs, and other important details involved in planning your study abroad experience. USI offers over 100 opportunities to study in another country for a summer, a semester, or a year.


09/9/14
Culture Night

7:30 p.m. - Ruston Hall


09/12/14
First iClub Meeting

4:30 p.m. - Ruston Hall

Come and find out what International Club is all about by meeting the officers and other students from around the world!


09/17/14
Study Abroad Information Session

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. - UC 2202


09/25/14
Study Abroad Information Session

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. - UC 2202


09/23/14
Culture Night

7:30 p.m. - Ruston Hall


09/25/14
Study Abroad Infomation Session

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. - UC 2202



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