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Thank you for your interest in the EPIC Program. Our registration is currently paused. We are preparing to offer new interview times, so please check back in a few days.

We enjoyed talking to the people who registered for EPIC 2021. The program was entirely virtual. Face-to-face communication through Zoom was better than mask-to-mask communication in a room!

Because of public health concerns and MSU mask requirements, virtual EPIC through Zoom will return in the spring of 2022.

Here are some comments from recent participants in EPIC:

“This program helped me a lot in acknowledging American culture, and I hope it will help more people in the coming semester. It gives us an occasion where people from different backgrounds respect and talk with each other.”

Li Wei

“This is a great program! I love the team.”


“Great appreciation for this EPIC program and I really enjoyed it!”


“I think the program is useful and meaningful to me. I can feel my English is better than months before. Especially, I think teachers did really excellent jobs. It was a really happy experience with all participants.”


“Thank you very much for conducting the EPIC program every year. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and I learned a lot from all the instructors and my classmates! I am grateful and truly appreciate the effort that the instructors put towards constructing each and every lesson plan for us. I would like to return next year as well.”


Our teachers have adapted very well to the virtual format. They continue to address important topics such as –

  • Appropriate topics for starting a conversation
  • Ways to keep a conversation going
  • Small talk
  • The elevator pitch!
  • How to disagree politely and offer a different opinion in a discussion
  • Vocabulary and idiomatic expressions for daily English conversation in person or online.

Just a few of the benefits of learning English with EPIC:

  • All levels of ability are welcome!
  • Experienced teachers and native-speaking conversation partners
  • Opportunities for speaking practice.

VIRTUAL EPIC in spring 2022 is FREE!!!

Registration, placement interviews, and classes will all be online.

Registration for EPIC will be available online from January 17, 2022 through January 31, 2022. Register here.

After you complete and submit the registration form, you will be directed to a site where you can sign up for a time to meet with the coordinator on Zoom to determine which EPIC class will be the best for you. Please make every effort to attend this meeting. If you are unable to attend, please contact the coordinator to make other arrangements.

Placement interviews on Zoom will be on Mondays and Thursdays in the afternoon from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Eastern time in the US) from January 20 through March 3, 2022.

Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (EST) on Zoom March 15 – April 21.


Contact Dr. Debra Hardison at hardiso2@msu.edu for more information.

EPIC Photos

Photos from throughout the years the program has run.