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Fax: 202-885-3354

ISSS office walk-in advising hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Bakar, Senem S
Director, International Student & Scholar Services

Butler Pavilion, Room 410

Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
410 Butler Pavilion
Washington, DC, USA 20016-8041 United States

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Language Exchange Program

How it Works

  • ISSS will match students based on their request and preferences.
  • Language partners meet at least once a week during the semester.
  • Language partners meet on the American University main campus for safety and convenience. 
  • You spend half of the time speaking your native language and the other half in your partner's native language.
  • At the end of the semester, you and your partner may continue language exchange into the following semester, or you may be assigned a new partner as necessary.
  • This program is available only to AU students.
  • Depending on the needs of languages, you may not be matched with a language partner immediately.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Improve foreign language skills
  2. Gain language teaching skills
  3. Enhance cross-cultural communication skills
  4. Prepare for study abroad
  5. Build Social Connections

Language Exchange Program


Are you interested in practicing foreign languages - English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, and others? Please join the Language Exchange Program (LEP). We match students who wish to practice and improve foreign language skills. Open to international and US students.


Applications for Spring 2019 are no longer being accepted. The Fall 2019 LEP application will be available in August.

Please contact ISSS with any questions.