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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is the difference between ECP and LIT?
A: In ECP, diverse social groups of five Ohio State students meet for social and intercultural purposes. In LIT, students participate in a peer-to-peer Spoken English improvement program that has two to three students and a facilitator.

Q: How are groups made?
A: The ECP leadership team organizes over 200 students into conversation groups. Each ECP group has three or four group members plus a facilitator. Members are chosen according to their nationality, age, shared interests and availability. Many people join ECP because they want to meet student from around the world and we try to make groups as diverse as possible.

Q: How often and where do groups meet?
A: We encourage groups to meet at least five times per semester, and they can meet anywhere! Many groups try new restaurants together, go to events around campus, explore Columbus or just meet at a coffee shop. It depends on the group. Check out the ECP resources page for popular destinations.

Q: What is the time commitment?
A: Attending the orientation and meeting with your group at least five times per semester.

Q: Are events free?
A: Yes!  The Language Improvement Track and The English Conversation Program are both supported by The Office of International Affairs’ Global Engagement team.

Q: Can my friend and I be in the same group?
A: We encourage groups members to be unknown to each other.

Q: Can I bring my spouse or partner if they are not an Ohio State student?
A: No. The English Conversation Program is only for full-time Ohio State Students.

Q: Are groups fixed?
A: Yes. Groups can only be changed under special circumstances.

Q: How can I receive the personalized ECP mug?
A: Attend the ECP Orientation or certain events!

Q: What if I can’t meet with my other group members?
A: It is extremely hard to get five students to meet at the same time. Do your best. Try waking up earlier or stay out a little later and being flexible. If all other members can meet at one time, and you really can not. Send an email to

Q: Do I have to speak?
A: Yes. This is a safe and supportive space to experiment in communication. The more you share about yourself, the richer the experience is for everyone.

Q: How do I sign up for the program?
A: Register online.

Q: What if I want to change groups?
A: Only request under special circumstances by contacting It is extremely time consuming to form new group requests.

Q: Do I have to do any public speaking?
A: A little. You will be speaking with a small group which is a great start to master public speaking skills.

Q: Can I get class credit?
Only with certain organizations.

Q: How can I get to leadership roles in ECP?
A: We open applications at the end of spring semester. Stay tuned.