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English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center



Are you looking for a supportive space for your writing?

Join the EPPIC writing group to help build a writing community of international students and scholars!

The EPPIC Write-A-Thon is a writing support group that meets weekly. During fall and spring semesters, each group meeting begins with a short lesson focusing on a specific writing strategy or tool, and the rest of the meeting time is for your own writing.  An EPPIC writing specialist is available for questions and consultations during the ‘free write’ time.

If you are interested in joining Write-A-Thon sessions (even occasionally), please complete this short survey to help us schedule group meeting times that work well with your schedule.

Would you like more opportunities to speak English with others?

Have you noticed that real-world English in the U.S. is sometimes different from the English you have used in other contexts?

Do you wish you had somewhere you could go to ask questions about the why, what and how of language and culture at Penn State and in the U.S.?

If so, join EPPIC for Speak UP, a weekly speaking group that focuses on interaction in English in a variety of situations that are common in university life.

Speak UP sessions are a great opportunity to meet others and to explore multiple perspectives on English as it is used in the ‘real world’ of Penn State and beyond!

Click here to see the Speak UP schedule for fall 2022To register, visit the Speak UP registration page here.

Are you an international student, scholar or post-doc?  Are you interested in improving your academic and professional English?  Join us for EPPIC workshops on advanced academic writing, speaking, interaction, and job market preparation in English in a U.S. university setting.   Topics featured each semester include:

    • Emailing your Professors:  How to Do It Better
    • Focus on Pronunciation:  The Sounds of American English
    • Preparing for Job Interviews in the U.S.
    • Participating in Group Work:  What to Expect and How to Get Involved
    • Strategies for Reading Academic Articles
    • Common Grammar Issues in Academic Writing:  How to Edit your Own Writing
    • Preparing Academic Slide PresentationsDelivering Clear PresentationsHandling Interaction and Questions during Presentations


Click here to view the full list of fall 2022 workshops.    To register for these workshops, please visit the EPPIC registration page here.


Bring us your work!

Are you writing an academic paper, proposal or application?  Preparing for a job interview in English?  Looking for practice and feedback on an upcoming 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.

 These one-on-one consultation appointments are designed to provide practical support for written and spoken English, including academic writing projects, oral presentations, job interviews, cover letters, oral exams, and more.*

To learn more about EPPIC Individual Consultations (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 Mid-State Literacy Council.

Would you like to expand your skills in academic and professional English?  Feel more confident in discussions?  Have tools for editing your own writing?  Be ready to network at professional events?

Would you like a personal language coach who can help you design and pursue your own self-directed study & practice of advanced English?

EPPIC Advisers are here for you!   We invite you to schedule an EPPIC Advising appointment to learn more about how EPPIC–and other learning resources–can help you meet your language-related goals.

To learn more about EPPIC Advising, visit this information page.

To schedule an EPPIC Advising appointment, please click here.

EPPIC offers specialized programs for doctoral students in the Department of Economics in both fall and spring semesters.

    • Fall workshops focus on job market preparation, with sessions on job talks, interviews, and flyouts.
    • Spring workshops prepare doctoral students in years 2-4 to notice and use features of effective seminar presentations in Economics, and to develop their research spiels for networking purposes.
    • Individual consultations are available to students for practice and feedback on research presentations, job interviews, spiels, abstracts, and job application materials.


Fall 2022 EPPIC-ECON workshops include:

    • Strategies for a Successful Job Talk in Economics – Friday, October 14, 10-11:30 am
    • Preparing for Job Interviews in Economics – Friday, November 4, 10-11:30 am
    • Preparing for Flyouts:  How to Make a Good Impression – Friday, December 2, 10-11:30 am

EPPIC offers workshops for faculty, advisers, staff, and administrators to highlight research-based practices for inclusive communication in our global and multilingual university community.

Workshops available by request include:

      • Pronouncing International Students’ Names
      • Encouraging Diverse and Multilingual Perspectives in the Classroom and Beyond
      • Do You Speak Global English?  Strategies for Collaborative Communication
      • Supporting Multilingual Student Writers

To learn more, click here.

How can EPPIC serve you?

Would you like EPPIC to visit a departmental event?  To organize an event for international students in your program?

Contact us any time to request a visit, display table or presentation to introduce EPPIC’s services.

Our center also offers customized programming for programs across the university to address specific needs related to academic and professional English, as well as intercultural communication.  To start a conversation with us about a custom collaboration, please send us a message describing your request.

Contact Us about a Custom Collaboration