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Language Exchange

Welcome to the Language Exchange

The Language Exchange Program, hosted by the Harvard Language Center, provides members of the Harvard community the possibility of practicing informal conversation with a partner who speaks their target language. The purpose of the language exchange, or "tandem," is to allow partners equal time to practice their desired languages. All Harvard community members, including spouses and partners of faculty, staff, students, and visiting scholars, as well as alumni and retired faculty and staff, are eligible to participate in the exchange.

Please read our "About" page for detailed information about the Exchange. The Language Center is a source for possible partnerships only, and is not responsible for initiating or maintaining contact between prospective partners. When you register for the program, you must agree to its terms.

If you’d like to access conversation guides, grammar pointers, and information about Language Exchange news and events, please visit our companion site at https://sites.harvard.edu/languageexchange/.

To learn more about the Language Center, please visit our website, language.fas.harvard.edu. You can reach the Language Center team at language@fas.harvard.edu.

HarvardKey Login Instructions:

  • To enter the Language Exchange database you must authenticate via HarvardKey, using your HarvardKey credentials. After successfully authenticating, you will be returned to the application.
  • If you are approaching the end of your time at Harvard and would like to continue to use the Language Exchange, please create a HarvardKey Light account here.
  • If you have lost access to this application because you have graduated from or left your Harvard program, please create a HarvardKey Light and notify the Language Center of your new account so that your information can be transferred.
Harvard Affiliates: if you are eligible to but have not yet done so, you may claim your HarvardKey here.


Non-Harvard applicants create your account here.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please email the HUIT helpdesk at ithelp@harvard.edu or call 617-495-7777.