SASLI is dedicated to training students, faculty, and professionals in the languages of South Asia through is primary and secondary missions:
SASLI’s primary focus is two-fold:  South Asian language instruction, and  the professional training of instructors in language pedagogy appropriate to South Asia. To achieve these goals, SASLI offers intensive summer sessions of approximately a dozen languages on the elementary and intermediate levels; and pedagogy workshops for teaching best practices, and the application of newly developed language-learning tools.
SASLI likewise strives to effect secondary goals of increasing the number and quality of trained specialists to teach language, including from abroad, and to effect a close collaboration among other South Asian language-learning institutions, both domestic and foreign. Any organized activity that furthers those larger goals is considered to fall within the purview of the organization, and SASLI may from time to time effect additional individual or institutional collaborations to meet these goals.