Welcome to the IECP

If you are planning on attending Penn State or another American university but would like to improve your English, you’ve come to right place! Since 1976, the IECP has been Penn State’s premier intensive English program, offering courses in academic English to prepare the pre-matriculated student for undergraduate and graduate studies at an American university.  Experienced faculty engage students in a cutting-edge, comprehensive curriculum which includes grammar, oral communication, listening, reading, writing, and test skills in addition to providing opportunities to connect with current Penn State students and classes. 

PSU News
  • 'Midnight Clear' for snow removal declared for this weekend On Jan 17, 2020 With winter weather predicted for Saturday, Jan. 18, a "Midnight Clear" has been declared for overnight hours this weekend at Penn State's University Park campus. As a result, parking will be prohibited from midnight through 7 a.m. tonight, Saturday night, and Sunday night at all faculty/staff surface parking lots on campus, including Innovation Park. This restriction includes University vehicles and applies to all employee work shifts, regardless of reporting time.
  • When winter weather strikes: Resources for the University Park community On Jan 16, 2020 When severe weather strikes Penn State's University Park campus, individuals can stay informed of delays and cancellations by using Penn State's PSUAlert system, Twitter account, the Penn State News website, and WPSU TV and radio.
  • Penn State campus events honor, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, legacy On Jan 16, 2020 Events at Penn State campuses across the commonwealth will honor the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. during the 35th annual MLK Commemoration at University Park, with events on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and during the month of January.
Upcoming Events
Jan 20, 2020 | 12:00 AM MLK Day--NO CLASS
Jan 21, 2020 | 09:00 AM Health Insurance Payment/Waivers Deadline
Jan 22, 2020 | 02:30 PM Pizza party
Jan 23, 2020 | 03:00 PM DISSA Document Session
Jan 24, 2020 | 08:00 PM Ice-skating at Pegula
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The IECP Blog
  • IECP students enjoy new, creative experiences On Nov 26, 2019 All Penn State students are currently on break for the Thanksgiving holiday. However, it’s a great time to reflect on all the exciting events that have taken place at the IECP! Sure, students have been busy editing research papers, preparing presentations, and gearing up for their upcoming final exams, but in addition to these important […]
  • Fall semester is underway…including a new special topics course! On Sep 06, 2019 Welcome new students! The IECP welcomed new students from seven countries to begin another fall semester. Our news students come from Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and UAE! Exciting things happening in Special Topics classes This semester, the IECP offers three Special Topics classes: Modern Topics, Creative Expression and Science. Special Topics classes […]
  • The IECP enjoys nearby park for awards ceremony On Aug 02, 2019 Because of the IECP’s location downtown and close proximity to the Sidney Friedman Park, the end-of-semester awards ceremony was held outside this semester on July 26…an IECP first! It was truly a perfect setting to enjoy a picnic and play some outdoor activities. Relieved of all coursework, students tossed a Frisbee, passed a soccer ball, […]
  • The arts are in the air… On Jul 09, 2019 Many students from around the world come to Penn State to study at its renown STEM programs. In fact, many IECP students usually have plans to enter engineering departments. However, the IECP knows it’s also important to cultivate students’ involvement in the arts. The arts can help students think differently, in new ways. Recently, the […]
  • Summer semester has begun! On May 24, 2019 Pictured above: New students pose with their Transition Partners and a couple of IECP faculty on Old Main steps.  The IECP is thrilled to welcome its new students for the 2019 summer semester! The new cohort represents five different countries, including China, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and –nd IECP first–Burundi! As always, the summer semester […]
  • Spring finally sprung in time for semester’s end On Apr 29, 2019 Pictured above: (left) GWS140 students before attending APLNG220 poster session; (right) Ellen Wu and Hasan Alkhajah are two of the recipients of the excellent poster award in Ai140.  As always, the IECP had an eventful semester; however, this semester was quite extraordinary with the long snowy winter and the office move from campus to the […]