Pal Program

Fall registration is now open!

The Pal Program pairs up U.S. and international students at UC Davis 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 that will help you find the perfect partner. We try to match students with similar interests, preferences, and schedules.

STEP 3: Earn Course Credit (optional)

Indicate on your application that you would like to earn one unit of credit by working with one or 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 signing up. At the end of the quarter, you’ll be required to submit a writing, video, photo, or blog assignment. Course credit is now available for both domestic and international participants.

STEP 4: Prepare for Your First Meeting

Make sure you review our "Tips for Success" page for interesting conversation topics, safety reminders, and logistical advice. 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. 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! 

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday Lunch Meetup: 

Bikes & Boba:

  • Group bike ride around campus starting outside the Silo, ending at Lazi Cow
  • Thursday, October 19th at 5:00pm
  • The SiloLazi Cow