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English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center

EPPIC Write-A-Thon: Make Time to Write!

Are you looking for a supportive space for your writing?

Join the EPPIC Write-A-Thon, a writing group for international students and scholars!  (All are welcome, regardless of language background!)

The goal of each session is to give you structured time to write, with an EPPIC writing specialist on hand for questions and consultations during each session.

The Write-A-Thon schedule is being developed. Click here to share your availability, so we can choose a time that works for you!

What can EPPIC offer you? Meet with an EPPIC Adviser to learn more.

Would you like greater confidence and skill in academic writing and speaking in English?  Do you have questions about academic culture in the U.S.?  Are you looking for relevant, practical support for your professional communication skills in English?

Schedule an EPPIC Advising appointment to learn how EPPIC can be your partner for success!  EPPIC advisers will work with you to create a personalized plan of services that will help you achieve your goals.

For personal coaching throughout the semester, EPPIC Language Advising includes bi-weekly adviser meetings to set targeted learning goals, to complete self-study action plans, and to reflect on your progress.

EPPIC Individual Consultations: Support for academic papers, presentations, projects, and more!

Are you a multilingual international student who is working on an essay, literature review, or research paper?  Are you preparing for a job interview in English?  Do you need to give a presentation in a class or at a conference?

Schedule an EPPIC Individual Consultation (EIC) to get personalized feedback and support from an EPPIC language specialist.  We’ve helped thousands of international students to write papers, to prepare confident presentations, and to prepare winning job materials.  Make an appointment today!

DEIA Workshops for Faculty, Instructors, Advisers and Staff

EPPIC offers multiple workshops related to DEIA for faculty, staff and advisers who are interested in developing intentional strategies to include and support multilingual international students, and who seek to enhance intercultural interaction and learning at Penn State.   Workshop topics on these themes  include:

  • Do you Speak Global English?  Strategies for Collaborative Communication
  • Encouraging Diverse and Multilingual Perspectives in the Classroom
  • Pronouncing International Students’ Names
  • Engineering Participation Structures that Work for Everyone
  • Supporting Multilingual Student Writers

Contact us at to request a workshop for your group, or check out our ‘services’ page to see a list of upcoming workshops.

Do you speak Global English?

Join us for a workshop that explores how the forms of English we use can help or hinder communication, and offers strategies for making our English as transparent as possible when interacting with people from diverse language and cultural backgrounds.  For all Penn State faculty, students, advisers and staff.

“Do You Speak Global English?  Strategies for Cooperative Communication”

October 12, 2022 from 3:30-5:00 pm, via Zoom.

Speak UP! Discuss and Practice ‘Real-World’ English

Are you looking for an opportunity to interact in English more often?

Do you have questions about real-world English?  Or about navigating American academic culture?

Join EPPIC for Speak UP!  Each weekly speaking group session focuses on a specific context of communication, explores the language used in that situation, and offers time to discuss and practice relevant language. Come to meet diverse others, to exchange conversation and to expand your language and cultural repertoire in a supportive setting!

EPPIC Workshops on Academic English

Join EPPIC for a variety of workshops on written and spoken academic English.  Session topics include advanced research writing, presentation skills, job interview preparation, everyday conversational English, American English pronunciation, and more. 

All Penn State students, scholars, faculty and staff are welcome, regardless of language background or campus affiliation.  Earn skill-based certificates for attending workshops!

Visit our ‘services’ page to learn more and to register for these workshops.


EPPIC is an academic center designed to provide advanced English language support to international students and scholar at Penn State, and to foster engaged intercultural communication across the Penn State 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.