Pal Program

Fall 2018 Registration Opens September 12th!

The Pal Program pairs up UC Davis students for intercultural conversation experiences. Participants can use these sessions to practice their target language, acquire intercultural competence, explore campus, and enrich their college experience.

Whether you want to add intercultural experience to your résumé, sharpen your language skills, promote diversity and tolerance on campus, or simply make a new friend, joining the Pal Program is a worthwhile experience. 

Follow the steps below to get started:

STEP 1: Meet the Minimum Requirements

  • Are you an undergraduate student at UC Davis?
  • Do you have the ability to meet at least 1 hour a week with your conversation partner?
  • Can you commit to the program for the entire quarter?

If you answered yes to all three questions, you can become a Pal!

STEP 2: Register

Fill out a quick application! We try to match students with similar interests, preferences, and schedules. Applicants who provide detailed information and register early in the quarter tend to find  partners faster.

When you have been matched, we will send you and your partner an email with each other's contact information. We recommend you email your partner right away and then wait five days for a response. If you partner has not responded within that time period, contact us as soon as possible so we can re-partner you.

STEP 3: Earn Course Credit (optional)

Indicate on your application that you would like to earn one unit of credit by working with two Pals for two hours a week throughout the quarter. If you choose this option, you need to register for LIN 199 (juniors/seniors) or LIN 99 (freshmen/sophomores) using a CRN that you will receive after you are matched with two Pals. Throughout the quarter, you will be required to earn points submitting optional small assignments, a required final essay, as well as an Intercultural Effectiveness Scale used to track your intercultural growth. Course credit is available for both domestic and international participants. 

Application Deadlines to Receive Credit:

  • Fall 2017: October 10th
  • Winter 2018: January 22nd
  • Spring 2018: April 13th 

STEP 4: Prepare for Your First Meeting

Make sure you review our "Tips for Success" page to make the most out of your first meeting. Also, check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for up to date Pal event information! 

STEP 5: Meet Your Pal!

Exchange contact information and decide on a time and location that is convenient for both of you. If you experience any issues with your partner, please let us know as soon as possible so we can help you find a solution.

As a participant in the Pal Program you will learn about your partner's culture as well as your own. With an open mind and a willingness to communicate, you are sure to make some great memories. Remember to tag your Pal adventures to #palucdavis!