Language Exchange Program

How it Works

  • Fill out the application with your language requests and preferences, and ISSS will do our best to match you with a language partner based on your responses. 
  • Once matched, language partners should meet at least once per week during the semester to make the most of their exchange.
  • Language partners should meet virtually for safety and convenience.
  • You should 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 your language exchange into the following semester, or you may apply to the program again and be assigned to a new partner.
  • This program is available only to AU students, scholars, faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • Depending on the availability of languages, you may not be matched with a language partner immediately. We encourage you to apply again the following semester if this is the case.

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
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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.

Application

Applications for spring 2021 are now closed. Applications for fall 2021 will be available in August. Please email lep@american.edu with any questions.