EPPIC: Services

EPPIC Advising

Do you have questions about which EPPIC services are right for you? We are here to help! All international students and scholars are invited to meet with an EPPIC Adviser to discuss how EPPIC can help them achieve their goals.

EPPIC Advising includes two different types of one-on-one meetings: EPPIC Planning Sessions and EPPIC Reflection Sessions. In each EPPIC Planning Session, international students and scholars can meet with an EPPIC Adviser to learn more about EPPIC Services, including attending EPPIC workshop series to earn a certificate, and make a schedule of EPPIC events they would like to attend this semester.

Reflection Sessions take place towards the end of the semester and encourage students and scholars to look back on what they have learned. Reflection Sessions will be scheduled during each Planning Session.

All EPPIC Advising sessions are available by appointment only and take place in 7 Sparks Building (Penn State Learning Center).

To learn more about EPPIC Advising, please click here.

Workshops for International Students and Scholars

EPPIC offers workshops on popular topics in academic and professional communication in English. These workshops are open to all Penn State students, post-docs, and visiting scholars. Registration for workshops is available here.

Workshops sorted by month

January Workshops
February Workshops
March Workshops
April Workshops

New this semester: Earn an EPPIC certificate by attending a complete series of events.

Workshops sorted by series

Participating in American Academic Life
Academic Reading
Academic Presentations in the U.S.
Preparing for the U.S. Job Market
Foundations of American Academic Writing
Research Writing in English
American English Pronunciation

Do you have questions about which series is right for you? Sign up for EPPIC Advising.

Workshops for Faculty, Advisers, and Staff

EPPIC offers specialized workshops designed to provide helpful practices for working with and supporting international students. These workshops are open to all domestic and international administrators, faculty, and advisers. Workshop registration is available here.

Lunchtime Workshop Series for Faculty, Advisers and Staff


Speaking Groups

New this semester: Attend at least 5 speaking group sessions -- either Speak UP or Let's Talk – and 1 immersive experience of your choice to earn an EPPIC certificate in English Speaking Skills.

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 and group discussion followed by refreshments and optional practice activities. 

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

Registration for Speak UP sessions can be found here.

Let's Talk is a weekly speaking group designed to provide 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 Weekly Speaking Group for Visiting Scholars

Registration for Let's Talk sessions can be found here.

EPPIC Individual Consultations (EICs)

EPPIC offers individual consultations to international students at Penn State for both spoken and written academic English. Consultations are available by appointment only between 9:00 am and 9:30 pm on weekdays.  Consultation sessions take place in 7 Sparks Building (Learning Center).

For help with writing, you may schedule up to two consecutive 30-minute sessions per day. For help with pronunciation and speaking, you may reserve one 30-minute session per day. To ensure that you get the most from your consultation, we encourage you to come prepared with specific assignments, projects, and goals in mind.

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.

For more information, hours, and registration information for EICs, please visit:

EPPIC Individual Consultations (EICs)


Collaborative Programs

EPPIC staff are available to attend your departmental event to advertise our service offerings directly to international students in your unit. To request a short presentation or information table at your event, please contact us here.

In addition, the EPPIC team is available to collaborate with your unit to create specialized service offerings that address the specific language needs of your individual program or group. Offerings can vary in length and can be delivered at your work site. To start a conversation with us about a custom collaboration, please send us a message describing your request.

Contact Us about a Custom Collaboration

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