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English speaking practice


Conversations@UTS brings together international students and a local volunteer for casual conversation. Meet new people while practicing English in a safe and relaxed environment.

We run free, two-hour group sessions every weekday (during session) at HELPS Volunteer Lounge (CB01.05.01). No booking required - just turn up!

See the Conversations@UTS page to view our timetable.


UTS HELPS Buddy Program

The UTS HELPS Buddy Program matches international students with local students for weekly conversation.

This unique opportunity will help you develop your English in a one-to-one setting while making a friend. In meeting with a local student, you will also have the chance to learn more about Australian culture while sharing your own!

See HELPSMates buddy program page for more information.



TalkFest is an afternoon of games, speedfriending and pizza! Run every Friday (during session) from 2.30 - 4.00pm at HELPS Volunteer Lounge (CB01.05.01), both international and local students alike are invited to attend. Expand your social and professional networks by meeting people from a range of faculties, cultural backgrounds and study levels.

See the TalkFest page for more information.