Conversational English Support

Support for Spouse

These programs are typically not designed for the primary visa holder. If you have questions please reach out to them yourself. None of these programs are supported nor recommended by the University of Kansas or International Support Services.

Small World

Small World is a volunteer organization that teaches English to women in the Lawrence community. While there is not a deadline for enrollment, once classes are full, enrollment will be closed. There is a small tuition fee for each semester.

Classes are taught by experienced English-speaking teachers at three different levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. All classes are taught by women. Students advance at their own pace.

Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 pm, and follow the KU academic calendar for fall and spring. There are no classes during the summer.

KU students are not eligible to attend our English classes but are welcome to join Small World as volunteers.

Enrollment and Tuition

Women may enroll at any time during the semester. Tuition of $20.00 per semester or $35.00 per year is due at enrollment.



International Friends

International Friends is a Christian student organization working to make connections with the international community at KU. They run a conversation partner program that pairs up domestic students with international students to practice English. Conversation partners can talk about a variety of topics, including the Bible and Christianity.

Bridges International

Bridges International is a Christian student organization that hosts various events to encourage friendship between international students and American students. They run two types of conversation groups throughout the semester. Regular conversation groups meet once a week to discuss a variety of topics, while Bible discovery groups meet weekly to discuss topics related to the Bible.

Plymouth Language Program

The Plymouth Language Program is a community program working with KU’s Center for Community Outreach that offers semester-long English and Spanish classes. While there is a fee for Spanish classes, English classes are free and childcare is provided.