Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

EMI support

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.

(description below)

Tuesday 10 September (morning and afternoon)

Enolment closed

Tuesday 24 September (afternoon) 

17 September

Thursday 12 September (afternoon) and Monday 16 September (morning)

5 September

Tuesday 17 September (morning)

5 September

Wednesday 18 September (morning and afternoon)

12 September

Thursday 19 September (morning)

12 September

NB 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. 


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.

Participation is free of charge for Università Cattolica academic staff. If you are from outside the university and wish to attend, please contact the Centre: chei@unicatt.it or call 02 7234 5228.

*Description of the modules

Module One

This 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 lead participants to reflect on their own experience with a view to exploring approaches, strategies and techniques. Participants will become aware of the good practice principles which inform many of the strategies and techniques adoped in international university teaching. The module includes a micro-teaching session which offers the opportunity to put these into practice. See the description here.  

Module Two 

As a result of the interest shown in dealing with the challenges presented by assessment in international classes, we have developed a half-day module on this aspect of teaching and learning in English. This module will also look at the important role of feedback in teaching and learning. Participants will have the opportunity to present and potentially re-work learning outcomes and assessment criteria for their courses. See the description 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.

Our EMI modules are delivered by a highly-qualified professional team of educational developers and affiliated faculty. 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.

Publications on English-medium instruction

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