TandemPlus News and Events

Become a Student Group Officer!

Apply by April 17th

The TandemPlus Student Association (TPSA) is now accepting applications for officer positions within the student group for the 2018-2019 Academic Year! We have four positions available within the student group: Chief Standards Officer, Secretary, Event Coordinator, and Social Media Coordinator! A brief description of each role is in the application form.

Click here to apply!

The TandemPlus Student Association works closely with the TandemPlus program, and is the main force in planning and putting on the semesterly events, helping also to promote the program and support its goals. Interested in participating? As a current participant of TandemPlus, we invite you to apply for one of the student officer positions listed above! These positions provide opportunities for experience in leadership, writing and professional correspondence, finance management, time management, event planning, and more. Student officers can expect to attend board meetings, help plan and hold events with other board members, complete tasks specific to their officer role, and play an active roll in the TandemPlus community. In addition to the experience, it's fun, you can meet friends, and it looks good on your resume!

To apply, use the link above to fill out our Google Form. Those applicants who best show that they fit the needs of the open positions will be invited for an interview. We ask that you apply before April 17th at 4:30 p.m. Interviews will be held during the last two weeks of April (4/22 - 5/3) and should take no longer than 15-20 minutes. 

If you have any questions, email prest211@umn.edu or tandem@umn.edu.



TandemPlus Kickoff Pizza Party

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

5:45 - 7:45 p.m.

Keller Hall, Room 1-315

The TandemPlus Student Association (TPSA) is happy to announce the first event of the Spring: the TandemPlus Kickoff Pizza Party! This event is open to all current participants of TandemPlus, and also to those interested in the program, learning languages, and meeting other language learners! We will be gathering in Keller Hall, room 3-115 to hang out, listen to music, and nom on delicious MESA Pizza!

MESA pizza, drinks, and snacks will be provided (first come, first served, while supplies last) to everyone who joins. Come and meet other students from around the world and strike up a conversation. These events are a great place to meet new friends, search for a language partner, and relax after a long day of classes. You can come for the whole event, or just swing by when you have time.

Email tandem@umn.edu with any questions!


The TandemPlus program organizes opportunities for language students to practice and improve their abilities in the foreign language they are studying. To meet the needs of as many students as possible, we make these practice opportunities available in a variety of formats.


The TandemPlus program matches native speakers of two different languages, students of each other's language who learn from each other and help one another to learn. Typically, the partners meet for about two hours every week. Priority is given to language students currently enrolled in a class at the University of Minnesota, but registration is open to all. 

Are you trying to register for a TandemPlus Face-to-Face exchange?

Visit the Getting Started menu link for more information, and click on "My Account" to access the TandemPlus Matching Software.


The TandemPlus program pairs language learners online through Virtual Face-to-Face exchanges, which join U of M participants with conversation partners in different countries. In this program, participants meet on-line via Skype or a similar platform to practice their second-language skills with students at universities in countries such as Mexico, Honduras, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Russia, Germany, France, and Israel.

This is a great option for students of languages for which there are few native speakers on campus, or who might otherwise have a difficult time being paired with a local conversation partner. 


Instructors can include their entire class in an electronic class-to-class language exchange. In these exchanges, students at the University of Minnesota are paired with one or two students in an overseas class, and correspond throughout the course of an entire semester. TandemPlus can help the instructors in a variety of ways, from finding a counterpart class to suggesting how the exchange might be incorporated into a language curriculum.