English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center

Not sure where to start with EPPIC? Let us help!

Would you like to feel more confident and skilled when writing and speaking in English?  Do you have questions about how to navigate academic culture in the U.S.?

Schedule an EPPIC Advising appointment to learn how EPPIC can be your partner for success!

Click here to schedule an advising appointment.

Receive feedback on your papers, presentations, or other projects!

Are you writing an academic paper?  Preparing for an interview or a presentation?

EPPIC offers individual consultations (EICs) for international multilingual students, scholars, and post-docs to support their growth and confidence in advanced academic and professional English.

Spring 2021 EICs are available until April 30, and can be scheduled by appointment here.

New workshop series for faculty and instructors

Join us via Zoom for a new series of noontime workshops designed for faculty and instructors to explore best practices for supporting multilingual student writers:

Do you speak Global English?

All Penn Staters are invited to participate in a workshop that explores how the English we use can help or hinder communication, and offers strategies for making the English we use as clear as possible when interacting with people from diverse language and cultural backgrounds.

Register here.

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 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 a range of disciplines and professions across the university, including in STEM departments, in Economics, in Engineering, in Hospitality Management and more.  By analyzing language in specific contexts, we gain insight into the contemporary genres and patterns of communication in English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) that are central to  academic and professional life in our multilingual world.

We apply findings from this work, and more than thirty-five years of experience teaching advanced proficiency English, to create timely and effective support services for multilingual students and scholars who are seeking to hone their English skills for professional purposes.  We also design and lead programs that promote awareness of language diversity and offer strategies for engaged intercultural interaction within and beyond the university.

How can EPPIC serve you?

If you are a multilingual student, faculty member, or researcher, please visit EPPIC’s menu of services that are designed to build skill and confidence in advanced genres of academic and professional English, both spoken and written.  If you are a faculty or staff member, we invite you to join us for specialized workshops that focus on topics related to intercultural communication, strategies for inclusive teaching and advising of multilingual students, and more.  Finally, if you supervise, advise, or teach multilingual students and scholars, please feel free to refer students & scholars to use our services and to join our listserv to receive announcements about our services.  You are also welcome to request customized workshops on teaching and working with international multilingual students, on Global English, and more.