Mission Statement

International English Center Mission

The mission of the International English Center is to provide high quality English language instruction for international students preparing for academic study in the US, and professionals seeking to enhance their career opportunities, through innovative teaching practices and experiential learning, in order to serve the educational needs of the University of Colorado Boulder, the city of Boulder, and the global community.

International English Center Values

Excellence in Teaching and Service

We engage in best practices, and keep informed of current trends and research in pedagogy, language learning, advisement, and international education. We support a caring, friendly, and safe learning environment.

Professional Development

We support continuous learning and growth for faculty and staff.


We respect faculty, staff, and students’ differences in ethnicity, culture, religion, socio-economic backgrounds, disabilities, sexual and gender orientations, age, political viewpoints, and family status.


We maintain policies and practices that are consistent, clear, fair, and transparent. We are also committed to aligning our policies and practices with all standards, regulations, and laws set forth by the University of Colorado, city of Boulder, state of Colorado, and the United States.

Stewardship and Sustainability

We believe in ethical, efficient, and effective use of our resources.

Division of Continuing Education Mission

The mission of the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies is to provide quality, innovative lifelong learning opportunities to a diverse student population by extending the educational resources of the University of Colorado Boulder.

University of Colorado Boulder Mission

The mission statement for the University of Colorado Boulder and a description of its Flagship 2030 initiative can be found on the University's Flagship 2030 page