EPPIC Services

EPPIC Advising Sessions

Do you have questions about which EPPIC services are right for you?  EPPIC Advisers are here to help!  International students and scholars are invited to make an appointment with an EPPIC Adviser to find out how EPPIC can help them achieve their goals.

Learn more about EPPIC Advising and register for an advising appointment here.

Workshops for International Students and Scholars

EPPIC offers workshops on a range of topics related to successful academic and professional communication in EnglishThese workshops are open to all Penn State students, post-docs, and visiting scholars, regardless of language background.  Workshop topics include these and many more:

  • Writing academic papers
  • Giving clear and effective oral presentations
  • Participating in group work
  • Citing source material and avoiding plagiarism in research papers
  • Preparing for job interviews in the U.S.

Spring 2019 Workshop Schedule

New in Spring 2019:  Students & scholars can earn EPPIC Certificates for attending workshops!

Click here for spring 2019 workshop information & registration.

Workshops for the Department of Economics

In addition to the workshops listed above, EPPIC is offering a series of workshops in Spring 2019 designed specifically for doctoral students in the Department of Economics (click link below for a list of these workshops). 

Workshops for Department of Economics Graduate Students

If you are an ECON graduate student, click here to register for these specialized workshops.

Workshops for Faculty, Advisers, and Staff

EPPIC also offers specialized workshops designed to highlight helpful practices for working with and supporting international students. These workshops are open to all domestic and international staff, administrators, faculty, and advisers.

Lunchtime Workshop Series for Faculty, Advisers and Staff

Register for lunchtime workshops here.

Speaking Groups

EPPIC offers two weekly speaking groups to discover and practice the real-world English used in academic and professional contexts.

Speak UP:  Weekly Speaking Group for International Students, Scholars, Postdocs and Fellows

Speak UP is an advanced speaking group for international undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs and fellows to discuss and practice ‘real-life’ academic English at Penn State. Each week includes a brief lesson and group discussion followed by refreshments and optional practice activities.  Speak UP meets on Wednesdays from 4-6 pm in 165 Willard Building.

Register for Speak UP here.

Let's Talk:  Weekly Speaking Group for Visiting Scholars

Let's Talk is a weekly speaking group designed to provide English language support for J-1 visiting scholars. Each session features a lesson on vocabulary, pronunciation, and helpful expressions related to everyday life in State College, along with practice time. Let's Talk meets on Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30 in 112 Keller Building.

Register for Let's Talk here.

EPPIC Individual Consultations (EICs)

EPPIC offers individual consultations to international students and scholars for support with academic papers, projects, presentations, interviews, cover letters pronunciation, and more*.  Consultation sessions are available by appointment, and take place in 7 Sparks Building (Penn State Learning).

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

To learn more about EICs and to schedule a consultation, visit the EPPIC Individual Consultations (EICs) page.

Collaboration & Customized Services

EPPIC can visit departmental or program events to advertise our services.  To request a presentation (for students, advisers or faculty) or to schedule an EPPIC display table for your event, please contact us here.

We also design customized services for university departments, programs and groups Please send us a message to start a conversation about customized programming.

Contact Us about a Custom Collaboration

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