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Mission and Philosophy



The IEP at UWEC offers international students quality intensive academic English language instruction; provides a cultural orientation to the United States while developing intercultural communication skills; and fosters the attitudes, habits, and skills necessary for success in higher education at UWEC and elsewhere.

In support of fulfilling this mission, we also:

  • provide excellent IEP student support and advising,
  • commit to our own professional development and to evidence-based teaching,
  • promote an improved, inclusive campus climate for intercultural learning,
  • serve as a resource for faculty, staff, and students interested in the internationalization of our campus, in international or intercultural education, or the teaching of ESL,
  • create opportunities for, and support intercultural communication and enriching educational experiences for both domestic and international students,
  • attract, retain and advocate for international students.