Practicing English

Arriving to study and live in a foreign country with a different language can be challenging.  There are several resources in the community though that can help.

English Proficiency Development Opportunities

  • Campus Conversation Partners
  • Fall registration is now open for the campus-wide international conversation partner program.  Campus Conversation Partners (CCP) is devoted to building lasting relationships between non-native English speakers and faculty/staff at The UI.  International students, staff, and scholars seek opportunities to share their cultures with others, learn about U.S. culture, and meet members of the UI community.  As a conversation partner, you will learn about other cultures and traditions.

  • International Women’s Club
    • Morning Classes Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

All Levels St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

1300 Melrose Avenue (Corner of Melrose & Sunset)

Informal classes, divided into 3 or 4 levels according to ability. New students are welcome. The charge for the ten week session is $20 (nonmembers); $10 (members). Free childcare is provided.  For more information contact Becky Sato at 337-2589/ or visit

  • Kirkwood Community College
    • Free to eligible adults through Kirkwood’s Adult Basic Education Program in Iowa City.  For more information call 319/887-3646 or visit their website.
  • Iowa City Public Library, 123 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA
    • Informal conversion practice for non-native English speakers held every Friday at 10 a.m.