Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

EMI support

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

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

Teaching international classes in English - Schedule 

This schedule will be updated with new dates throughout the year.

MILAN MODULE ONE Thursday 17 January (morning) and
Friday 18 January 2019 (morning) 
MILAN MODULE ONE Tuesday 19 February (afternoon) and Thursday 21 February (morning)


MILAN MODULE TWO  Monday 21 January (morning)   Closed
MILAN MODULE TWO  Wednesday 27 February (morning)  15 February

NEW DATES Tuesday 4 June (morning) and Thursday 6 June (morning)

21 May 
MILAN MODULE TWO NEW DATE  Friday 7 June (morning) 21 May
PIACENZA  MODULE ONE Tuesday 22 January (afternoon) and Thursday 24 January (morning) 
Tuesday 22 January (morning and afternoon)
PIACENZA  MODULE TWO  Thursday 24 January (afternoon) 
Friday 22 February (afternoon) 
11 February
ROME  MODULE ONE Wednesday 13 February (morning and afternoon)  1 February
ROME  MODULE TWO Thursday 14 February (morning)   1 February

If you are trying to register for a specific module after the deadline, please contact us to see if there is still a place available.

The Centre is grateful to Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore for financing these modules which are held in line with our mission to provide support for the internationalisation of the university. Participation is free of charge for Università Cattolica academic staff. If you are from outside the university then please contact the Centre: chei@unicatt.it or call 02 7234 5228.


To register, we ask you to complete a short questionnaire. Please contact us if you require further information before registering: chei@unicatt.it or call 02 7234 5228.

Description of the modules

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.

If you have already taken part in modules with us and would like to go deeper into aspects of teaching an international class, please contact the Centre so that we can propose other content for you.

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. 

Publications on English-medium instruction

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