Linguistic Tandem

Tandem! Interchange your language!

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Our free service aims to encourage people who speak different languages to share their language skills and culture. This system allows national and international students at UPV/EHU to interact and to supplement their language learning in class. It is an opportunity to improve oral skills and at the same time to develop intercultural competence.

UPV/EHU will put you in contact with people interested in participating in the programme; it will then be up to you them to arrange your meetups. 

The aim of the programme is to provide the opportunity to improve your communication skills in another language by connecting people who master that language and wish to share their skills with speakers of another language they are interested in; at the time your will be able to develope your intercultural competence. 


You need to be an undergraduate or postgraduate student at UPV/EHU to be part of the language exchange. Students who are studying at our university as visitors who are temporarily studying at UPV/EHU can also take part.
How to participate
If you are interested in a language exchange, you need to fill in the registration form through this link with your details in order to create your profile.

When we find a person compatible with your language needs, we will put both of you in contact via email with each other's details (email address and telephone) to set up the Tandem. It will then be up to you to contact each other and arrange your meetups. 

You can register at two points of the academic year:

  • In September

  • In February

Pursuant to Article 13 of EU Regulation 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, we must inform you that the data will become part of a file that is the responsibility of the UPV/EHU. You can consult the management processing of your data at the following link:

If you want to amend or withdraw your consent for your personal details to be processed, you will need to fill in the relevant document that you can access through the following link: 

If you want to leave Tandem, you will need to send us an email at


How it works
  • The Tandem partners mutually agree on the dates to start and end the meetups, the number of language meetups, the length and frequency as per their goals and availability. We recommend that you agree on a regular schedule, for example, a weekly one hour-long meetup during a term.
  • At the end of the exchange, the participants will have to fill in a survey that will be emailed to them in order to improve the programme. 
  • If a member of the Tandem wishes to change partner, they can contact (, which will try to find them a new partner.
  • Communication will be by email and you will need to provide your institutional UPV/EHU email address (
  • Certificates of participating in the Tandem language exchanges will not be issued. 
  • UPV/EHU is not liable for any type of incident that may occur during the Tandem language exchanges. 

*This first pilot programme is only for students, but the Tandem service is expected to be extended to the whole university community in future editions. 

Some useful tips

Some useful tips