Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

EMI support

Modules on internationalising the higher education classroom and the use of English-medium instruction (EMI)

Are you teaching your subject in English? Have you got a class of international students? Come and share your perspectives with colleagues. Explore approaches, strategies and techniques for teaching international classes in English.   

Schedule for modules

New dates for modules will be added soon. In the meantime please feel free to contact us for any specific requests.

Module One

The full programme is available here. The standard module takes place over two half days. It is aimed at academic staff who already teach international classes in English or who may do so in the future. The sessions position teaching in English within a broader context of internationalisation and leads participants to reflect on their own experience with a view to exploring approaches, strategies and techniques. The module includes a micro-teaching session which offers the opportunity to put these into practice.  

Module Two - New module on assessment in the international classroom

As a result of the interest shown in dealing with the challenges presented by assessment in international classes, we now offer a half-day module on this aspect of teaching and learning in English. The programme outline is available here.

Although we welcome registration from all academic staff, in order to get the most out of this module we recommend that participants first take part in Module One.


Participation in the modules is financed by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. If you are from outside the university then please contact us for further information: chei@unicatt.it or 02 7234 5228.

More about the modules

As part of an overall move towards the internationalisation of higher education, academic staff are increasingly required to play their part by delivering courses to international classes. This broad development is leading to a growing demand for support in developing  skills and strategies for internationalising the classroom, which may require re-designing and delivering courses in English.

The mission of Università Cattolica’s Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation includes undertaking specific activities directed towards supporting university internationalisation. After a successful first international symposium on the subject of English-medium instruction in higher education held in May 2016, the Centre responded to demand by offering a module designed specifically for the development of strategies and tools to be used to internationalise the classroom. A second international symposium on English-medium instruction was held on 25 May 2018 in Rome, in conjunction with the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

The EMI modules are delivered by a highly-qualified professional academic team which includes Karen M. Lauridsen, an associate professor at Aarhus University and an educational developer specialising in international programmes and English-medium instruction. The team leads a small cohort in critical reflection and analysis of the latest developments in effective teaching in the international classroom, including English-medium instruction. At the same time participants are given the opportunity to put newly acquired strategies and techniques into practice.

In order to provide continuity in our support to academic staff dealing with international classes, the Centre is now offering a second module on assessment in the international classroom. 

The modules are financed by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore for University academic staff. Those from outside the University should contact the Centre for further information.

Latest publications on English-medium instruction

The proceedings from our 1st International Symposium on English-medium Instruction are available online here (free access).