EPI: English and Professional Immersion

The English and Professional Immersion (EPI) program at the University of Missouri-Columbia is for university students from Pacific Rim countries with English skills, high academic standing and a desire to experience American life. Students go through a selection process at their home universities to attend this intense, six-week program.

The EPI program is set in a college town in the heart of America. Students reside in furnished apartments adjacent to the university, two blocks from the heart of the city. This safe, friendly community is ideally situated to provide both rural and urban experiences.

EPI consists of five components:

American Cultural Experience

Trips to nearby cities, visits to American homes, participation in local festivals and sports events help the students better understand American culture. Some of our activities include: the Columbia Shelter Garden Concert Series, St Louis Cardinals baseball game, Anheuser-Busch Tour, canoeing and camping at the Montauk State Park, ice skating at Jefferson City, visits to Amish farms in Centralia and visits to the Truman Presidential Museum and Library and Nelson-Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City.

American Culture and Business/Career Workshop
Seminars and classes increase awareness of life in the United States. Experienced American teachers and guest speakers enjoy sharing their knowledge with visiting students.

Collegiate Ambassador Program
The Collegiate Ambassador Program recruits the best and brightest students on the MU campus to serve as language partners, mentors and friends to visiting students. The ambassadors make EPI a fun and heart-warming experience, unique from the traditional study abroad. Interested in interacting with our visiting students? Find out more and apply to be a collegiate ambassador here.

EPI students are given the unique opportunity to observe American work places through short-term internships in local businesses, government and university offices, and non-profit agencies. By establishing relationships with their co-workers, students have the opportunity to learn about office culture as well as business English. Some of our internship sites include:
Tigers Credit Union, Columbia Public Schools, MU International Admissions, MU School of Business, Regency Downtown Hotel, MU Libraries, Columbia Fire Department, City of Columbia, Convention and Visitors Bureau, MU International Center, The District, Boone County Family Resources, CAT3 Public Television, MU Alumni Center, Stephens College English Department, USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center, TigerTech, 99.5 KOPN FM, Mizzou Rec Center, and Boone County Collectors Office.

Intensive English Classes

The objective of the AAC Professional Communication Program is to provide students with a variety of real-life speaking situations. The classes are designed to be interactive, challenging and fun. These classes are also designed to give students a communication experience that differs from what they are used to in their own country. The activities are focused on increasing speaking confidence and professional communication skills. Curriculum focuses on professional presentations, group discussions, interview projects and written assignments. The classes are designed to create a safe environment for language learning and to build group cohesiveness and leadership skills.
Download EPI Brochure.

For more information about EPI and resources for incoming program participants, please check the EPI community website (in Korean) website