Services for International Students & Scholars

EPPIC offers workshops on specialized topics in academic and professional communication in English, individual consultations for academic speaking and writing skills, and Speak UP conversation groups for international undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, visiting scholars and faculty in the Penn State community.


EPPIC workshops are open to any Penn State students, post-docs, visiting scholars, faculty, or advisers. Registration for Fall 2017 EPPIC workshops can be found here.

Professional Development for Success

September: Getting Acclimated

October: Academic Writing Skills for Success

November: Academic Speaking Skills for Success


Speak UP

Speak UP is a ten-week speaking series for international undergraduate and graduate students to discuss and practice ‘real-life’ academic English at Penn State. Each week will include a brief lesson and group discussion followed by refreshments and optional practice activities. For more information or to register, click here. 

EPPIC Individual Consultations (EICs)

EPPIC offers individual consultations to all international students and scholars at Penn State for both spoken and written academic English. Consultations are available by appointment only between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm on weekdays.

For help with writing, you may schedule two consecutive 30-minute sessions per day. For help with pronunciation and speaking, you may reserve one 30-minute session per day. To ensure that you get the most from your consultation, we encourage you to be prepared with specific assignments and goals in mind.

To register for an individual consultation with an EPPIC language teacher, please view our available sessions here.

Please note that consultations are not available for standardized test preparation, such as for the GRE or TOEFL. TOEFL preparation courses are available in the State College area through the Mid-State Literacy Council


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