English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center



Bring us your work!

Do you have questions about academic or everyday English?  Are you working on a paper, presentation, or application?

EPPIC offers individual consultations to international students, J-1 scholars, and post-docs for support with academic papers, projects, presentations, interviews, cover letters, pronunciation, and more.*

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

*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 locally through Penn State’s Intensive English Communication Program (IECP) and through the community-based Mid-State Literacy Council.

Do you have questions about which EPPIC services would be most useful to you? Would you like to discuss your interests and goals related to academic English?

EPPIC Advisers are here to help!

If you are an international student, J-1 scholar, or post-doc, we invite you to make an appointment with an EPPIC Adviser to find out how EPPIC can help you achieve your goals.

Click here to learn more about EPPIC Advising, and to schedule an advising appointment.

EPPIC Advising sessions are offered via Zoom.

Join us for EPPIC workshops on academic writing, speaking, and interaction in English in a U.S. university setting.  Topics include these and more:

  • Emailing your Professors:  How to do it Better
  • Strategies for Reading Academic Articles
  • Participating in Group Work:  Getting Involved
  • Preparing Academic Slide Presentations: Tips for Clear Delivery
  • Preparing for Job Interviews in the U.S.:  What to Expect and How to Respond
  • Focus on Pronunciation: The Sounds of American English
  • ‘Focus on Interaction’ Workshop Series

EPPIC workshops will resume in fall 2021.

Click here to view the workshop calendar for spring 2021.

Click here to view the spring 2021 ‘Focus on Interaction’ session list.

Registration for fall 2021 workshops will be available here starting in August 2021!

In Fall 2021, EPPIC workshops will be offered both in-person and via Zoom.  Please register at least 24 hours in advance to receive a Zoom meeting link.

EPPIC is offering a series of workshops in spring 2021 designed specifically for doctoral students in the Department of Economics. Spring workshops focus on preparing doctoral students in years 1-3 to gain awareness of the features of effective research presentations in Economics, and to develop their own research spiels.

Learn from the Pros: Understanding the Elements of a Successful Economics Seminar (January 26)

Learn from the Pros: Analyzing Expert Economics Seminars to Build Your Own (February 26)

Presenting your Spiel: How to Pitch Your Work (March 12)


Economics graduate students may click here to register for these specialized workshops.

EPPIC offers workshops for faculty, advisers, staff, and administrators to highlight useful practices for working with and supporting international students.

Supporting Multilingual Student Writing

Join us during spring 2021 for a *new* series of three noontime workshops (via Zoom) for faculty and instructors that explore  best practices for supporting multilingual student writers:

  • Beyond Grammar:  Teaching Writing as Genre to Multilingual Students, Wednesday, February 24: 12:00-1:10pm
  • Beyond Editing:  Giving Effective Feedback to Multilingual Student Writers  Wednesday, March 10: 12:00-1:10pm
  • Beyond Topics:  Designing Assignments that Scaffold Good Writing, Wednesday, March 24: 12:00-1:10pm


Using Global English to Connect

All Penn Staters are invited to participate in a workshop that explores ways to make the English we use as clear as possible when interacting with people from diverse language and cultural backgrounds.

  • Do you speak Global English? Strategies for Understanding and Being Understood,  Thursday, February 11:  3:00-4:15 pm


To register for these workshops, click here.

Let us know how EPPIC can serve you

Contact EPPIC for a visit to your department or program to advertise our services.  To request a presentation about EPPIC for students, advisers or faculty – or to schedule an EPPIC display table for your event, please contact us here.

EPPIC also designs customized services relating to academic English and intercultural communication for university departments, programs and groups.  Please send us a message to start a conversation about customized programming.

Contact us about a custom collaboration