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
  • Penn Staters with military backgrounds invited to appreciation breakfast Nov. 11 On Oct 18, 2019 Penn State students, faculty and staff who have military service backgrounds in the U.S. Armed Forces are invited to attend the 11th annual Military Appreciation Breakfast on Nov. 11. The event is free, and registration is required by Nov. 6.
  • Oct. 15 Town Hall on budget now available online On Oct 17, 2019 The Oct. 15 Penn State Town Hall — which featured a discussion of the University's budgeting process, efforts at controlling costs and the transition to a new integrated budget and accounting system — is now archived and available for viewing online. People who viewed or attended the town hall are encouraged to fill out a survey.
  • New project to study harsh parenting to inform better interventions On Oct 17, 2019 Penn State researchers were recently awarded a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve the scientific understanding of harsh discipline and the role parents play in using it.
Upcoming Events
Oct 24, 2019 | 05:00 PM Game Night with Isaac
Oct 29, 2019 | 03:00 PM Conversation Table
Oct 30, 2019 | 02:30 PM Improv Club with Jackie
Nov 06, 2019 | 02:30 PM Improv Club with Jackie
Nov 13, 2019 | 02:30 PM Improv Club with Jackie
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The IECP Blog
  • 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 […]
  • A spring semester full of snow days! On Feb 28, 2019 This semester, Penn State has had an unprecedented number of snow day cancellations and early dismissals. Much to the joy of students across campus, Penn State declared early dismissals on January 24th and 30th in addition to whole day cancellations on January 31st, February 12th and 20th. While most of the Penn State community enjoyed […]