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English Conversation Partners (ECP)

English Conversation Partners

We connect the University of Maryland community for authentic cultural exchange through English conversation. For ten weeks during the semester, participants meet with their fluent English speaking volunteer in one-on-one or group sessions. During conversation sessions participants practice their oral English through discussions on various topics and other activities planned by the volunteer. 

For ten weeks during the semester, participants meet with a fluent English speaking facilitator in group sessions.

During conversation sessions in English participants engage through discussions on various topics and other activities planned by the facilitator.

ECP Participation Quick Facts

  • 81% of students report the ECP program improved their speaking confidence, with an average of 2 points of confidence gained by each student on a scale of 1 to 10
  • 89% of students felt that participating in ECP assisted in their transition to living in the US and at UMD<
  • 94% of students would like to participate again

Would you recommend this program to new students?" - Quotes from participants​

  • " Yes! If you want to start your fearless English conversation with others, ECP is your first stop! : )"
  • "This program can provide incoming students with an opportunity to understand US and other countries' culture and make friends."
  • "It is a good chance to ask a native speaker of something about real American culture and some sensitive issues in the U.S."
  • "Yes, ECP can be a safe place where you can practice spoken English with no worries, and also facilitate you learning more about US culture and getting used to it as soon as possible."
  • “I would highly recommend this program, because it helps me a lot not only to practice English, but also learn various things from our group members and facilitator.”
  • "It's awesome!"
  • "Very useful and helpful! Join us!"


All UMD members including students (both graduate and undergraduate), staff, faculty, international visiting scholars can join the ECP Program as participants free of charge. Additionally, spouses of UMD members are eligible.

Anyone can join. Community members included with some exceptions.

ECP runs on a semester basis. Sign-ups have already taken place for the Fall semester, however, we may be able to accommodate you in a group. Please email if you would like to join a group this Fall.

If you are a new incoming student or scholar for the Spring semester, please complete this interest form:

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