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Why the IECP?

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The IECP: High quality academic English preparation

For more than 40 years, the IECP at Penn State has been welcoming students like you.  IECP courses focus on preparing students to enter degree programs at U.S. universities through instruction in English language and academic skills.  IECP teachers are faculty in the College of the Liberal Arts, Department of Applied Linguistics and have earned their master’s degree and have significant academic English teaching experience in the U.S. and overseas.   In addition, the IECP provides supports students throughout their studies via the Student Center, which provides tutoring, workshops, activities, and other language-support services.

The IECP is among an elite group of programs worldwide that are accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.  The IECP also is a member of English USA, the American Association of Intensive English Programs, as well as UCIEP, the University and College Intensive English Program Consortium.


Penn State: One of America’s Most Respected Universities

Penn State is a leading research university, known around the world for its excellence in engineering, business, the sciences, agriculture, and high-tech innovations.

  • In 2017, Penn State was ranked number 36 in the U.S. by the Center for World University Rankings. See Penn State News for the press release.
  • Penn State is listed among top universities in North America by Times Higher Education in its world university rankings.
  • US News and World Reports World's Best Universities lists Penn State in its Top 100 Universities.
  • Newsweek magazine names Penn State as one of its top 50 global universities.

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Global Culture

While studying in the IECP, you can make friendships with students from other countries that can last a lifetime. Learning about each other as you learn English makes the IECP a wonderful place to gain more understanding about many different cultures.

The IECP recommends the Global Engagement Community (GEC) on-campus living option.



Undergraduate and Graduate Programs of Study

When you study English at the IECP, your classes help to prepare you for studies at Penn State or other English-medium universities. The IECP also offers Certification for qualified students to meet Penn State's English Proficiency Requirement.


State College: A great place to live!

The IECP is a part of Penn State’s flagship campus, University Park, which is located in State College, Pennsylvania. This college town is one of the safest cities in the United States, with an “A-“rating from Niche, a neighborhood analytics web service (  The city offers a variety of outdoor sporting activities such as mountain biking, hiking, golf, and fishing, as well as  rich cultural sites such as The State Theatre, Tussey Mountain Amphitheatre and the Bryce Jordan Center, which hosts nationally-renown performing arts including dance, theatre and live music as well as film festivals and screenings.  Take a look at to see everything the region has to offer!