Building Competency in English Language and Natural Resource Topics



The Program

This 8-week summer program will include intensive English language academic coursework and environmentally-based community service opportunities for 40 qualified foreign undergraduate students from ECA selected countries.  Activities include seminars, local cultural visits, and field experiences focused on the topics of the environment, conservation, and sustainability of natural resources.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in planned excursions to places such as Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Kennecott Utah Bingham Canyon Copper Mine (the largest open-pit copper mine in the world).  Participants will enhance their English language competency in regular university courses, special topics English courses centered on environmental themes, and opportunities to experience U.S. life, culture, and the impact of the local natural environment.  With guidance and support from program administrators, participants will be prepared to develop a follow-on project based on environmental themes to implement upon return to their home country.

Students will be provided with a private room in apartment-style accommodations with kitchens, so students can cook meals according to their individual tastes. These residences are located within easy walking distance of campus. Students will also have access to on-campus eateries or use their food stipend to prepare meals at home or purchase individual meals on or off campus. An efficient and free bus service serves the university and community, so students will have easy access to city services and activities.

Participating Organizations

The participating organizations have a rich history of collaboration and each have unique characteristics which will support the intensive English language program and its intersection with local community to increase knowledge and understanding in an environmental context.  


The Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) and the Masters of Second Language Teaching Program (MSLT) will provide instructors, supervision, content-based courses, and assessment for the English Language academic program.
Faculty from the Colleges of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Science will provide lectures and special topics seminars on natural resources and environmental issues with an emphasis on land use, climate and resiliency.
College of Natural Resources
College of Science


 In addition, community organizations such as the Audubon Society, Bear River Watershed Council, Logan City Environmental Department, Stokes Nature Center, USU Student Organic Farm Project, Utah Climate Center, Utah Conservation Corps, as well as local Native American leaders, will provide support and opportunities for program participants to engage in community service activities and participate in ongoing projects that address issues of environment concern and sustainability within an intermountain environment.  

Participants will have the opportunity to debrief their experiences within the Content-Based Topics course, as well as develop a follow-on project to implement in their home country.  Based on interests and abilities, each participant will be assigned to a community organization throughout the 8-week program.  No more than five participants will be assigned to the same activity.  In addition, participants will be assigned a peer mentor selected from undergraduate students from the colleges of Agriculture, Natural Resources and/or Science who will be available for English conversation practice, assistance with project ideas, and integration into other cultural and social activities. 

Utah State University

Utah State University (USU) is a Carnegie High Research institution. USU is nationally and internationally recognized for its intellectual and technological leadership in land, water, space and life enhancement. With more than 130 research-related classes, and more than 63 applied research centers on campus, even undergraduates have the opportunity to do hands-on work in our research venues.  The university enrolls 14,500 students at its main campus in Logan, including approximately 1,000 international students. Located in the city of Logan in northern Utah, USU is 80 miles northeast of Salt Lake City and is within a day’s driving distance of six national parks. The surrounding area, including ski resorts, lakes, rivers and mountains, makes USU one of the finest recreational environments in the nation.

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