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English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center



Speak UP is an advanced weekly 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 focused on a specific situation or genre of communication, followed by group discussion and optional practice activities to build increased communicative confidence in daily life.


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

EPPIC offers individual consultations to multilingual students, J-1 visiting scholars, and post-docs for support with academic writing projects, oral presentations, job interviews, cover letters, oral exams, 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.

Not sure which EPPIC services would be most useful to you?

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.

EPPIC offers special workshops for doctoral students in the Department of Economics in both fall and spring semesters. Fall workshops focus on job market preparation, including job talks, interviews, and flyouts.  Spring workshops center on preparing doctoral students in years 1-3 to notice and practice features of effective research presentations in Economics, and to develop fluent research spiels for networking purposes.

Fall 2021 EPPIC-ECON workshops include:

  • Strategies for a Successful Job Talk – October 1, 2021, 10-11:30 am
  • Preparing for Job Interviews in Economics – November 3, 2021, 10-11:30 am
  • Preparing for Flyouts:  How to Make a Good Impression – December 3, 10-11:30 am


To register for the above workshops, please click here.

EPPIC offers workshops for faculty, advisers, staff, and administrators to highlight helpful practices for working with and supporting international multilingual students, to build a campus community that is global in outlook and inclusive in practice.

These workshops (which are also available by request) include:

  • Pronouncing International Students’ Names
  • Using Global English to Connect Across Cultures
  • Beyond Grammar:  Teaching Writing as Genre to Multilingual Students
  • Beyond Editing:  Giving Effective Feedback to Multilingual Student Writers
  • Beyond Topics:  Designing Assignments that Scaffold Good Writing


To learn more, click here.

How can EPPIC serve you?

Would you like EPPIC to visit a departmental event?  To connect with international students in your program?  Contact us any time to request a visit, display table or brief presentation about 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