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Virtual Conversation Partner Program

Language and cultural competency are key skills for success in today's globalized society!

The Virtual Conversation Partner Program (VCPP) is a program that matches new international students with current W&M students for English conversation practice and cross-cultural exchange.

About the Program

The VCPP was founded by Dr. Jingzhu Zhang '15 in 2012. An international student herself, her vision was to create an opportunity for W&M international and domestic students to connect for language practice and to enhance cross-cultural competency.

Through the use of video chat apps such as Zoom or FaceTime, new international students have the opportunity to connect with current W&M students.

This program has been featured in EAB’s Publication Best Practices in Supporting International Students, at the NAFSA and AIEA national conferences, and in numerous university articles.

Program Benefits
  • New international students have the opportunity to practice conversational English with a current W&M student, learn about W&M, and help their conversation partner develop cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Current W&M students have the chance to share their knowledge of W&M with a new student and help the student practice English language conversation skills in a cross-cultural setting.
  • By participating in the program, all participants contribute to cross-cultural competency in the W&M community.

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