English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center

Focus On Interaction

This semester, EPPIC presents eight new workshops that focus on communicating in real time. Join us to learn more about interacting in American English, including cultural information, commonly used phrases, and pronunciation tips. Each session includes lecture content and practice time. Participants can attend any number of workshops: one, some, or all!

EPPIC Workshops

EPPIC offers workshops on academic and professional English, including writing, speaking, pronunciation, job interviews, and more.  These workshops are open to all Penn State students, post-docs, and visiting scholars, regardless of language background. Learn more.


EPPIC is a new research and service organization designed to provide advanced English language support to the growing international community at Penn State, and to foster dynamic intercultural communication within the larger university community.

What does EPPIC do?

EPPIC studies how language is used in varied disciplinary and professional contexts across the university, including in STEM departments, in the Department of Economics, at the Penn State College of Medicine, and at Penn State Law.  Our goal is to gain insight into the genres and styles of communication that are central to our contemporary academic and professional lives in an increasingly multilingual world.

We apply our research findings, and over thirty-five years of experience teaching advanced-proficiency English, to create short-term, effective support services for internationals seeking to hone their English skills for professional purposes.  We also sponsor programs that promote intercultural awareness and interaction within the university.

How can EPPIC serve you?

If you are an international student, faculty member, or researcher, you can access a menu of services designed to boost your skill and confidence in advanced genres of academic and professional English.  If you are a program administrator, EPPIC offers specialized workshops and other services to address the needs of your unit. If you work with internationals as an adviser, supervisor, or administrative staff, we invite you to refer students & scholars to our services, to join our listserv for updates on our services, and to request customized workshops on teaching and working with international multilingual students.