The IECP is all about preparing you for success in academic studies! We do that by providing core courses in Literacies (academic reading and writing) and Interactions (academic oral communication). These classes provide you with opportunities to practice the tasks you will actually encounter in a university: Lectures, readings, essays, but also conversations, interviews, and chats with professors. In addition, we provide specialized elective courses that prepare for interactions within U.S. higher education. These courses include classes such as short-fiction, spelling & pronunciation, U.S. government & institutions, sciences, and so forth.
The IECP curriculum puts students into contact with current Penn State students who are already enrolled in academic programs at the university. Moreover, students have the opportunity to observe Penn State classes in their future majors. IECP students find these experiences extremely helpful in preparing them for what to expect as an undergrad or graduate student.
Advanced students may also participant in Onward Penn State, a concurrent enrollment program in which IECP students take IECP language courses and Penn State classes for non-degree.