The major goal of the IELI program is to provide students with the language skills and cultural orientation necessary to make them successful students in the USU classrooms and willing participants in the university community. To accomplish these ends, the core program is one of academic English, informed by faculty investigations of university classroom practice. Implicit in all classroom teaching is a cultural orientation to American values, the American educational system, and aspects of campus life in general.
The activities of IELI directly support the University's current mission of providing high quality instruction and encouraging cultural diversity. IELI's academic ESL courses are one means by which international students and Utah's non-native speakers of English may meet the University's English language proficiency standard, thus furthering the educational mission of the University and contributing to the internationalization of the campus.