The American Language Program hosts the Language Exchange Program (LEP), available to any Columbia student learning a language. The LEP is designed for students who wish to practice a foreign language with other students at Columbia University. A language exchange involves two speakers of different languages who practice these languages together. For example, a student who is fluent in Spanish may want to practice her English. She will then be paired with someone who is fluent in English but who also wants to practice Spanish. In this way, both students learn and assist. Partners have the independence to structure their meetings according to their needs.
To apply for a language partner, complete the online application form. Students requesting any language are encouraged to apply. However, students most commonly request language partners for Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. Once you have submitted your application, you will be contacted when a partner that meets your needs is found. Some applicants of less common languages may be placed on a waitlist if a partner in that language cannot immediately be found. Students will be matched on a first come, first served basis.
*This program is not offered during the summer.