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.   

Modules programmed for September-October 2018

Università Cattolica Milan Campus (Via Carducci 28/30)

  • Module One: Tuesday 18 September (morning) and Wednesday 19 September (afternoon) (register before 11 September) 
  • Module One: Wednesday 26 September (afternoon) and Thursday 27 September (afternoon) (register before 19 September)
  • Module One: Monday 1 October (morning) and Tuesday 2 October (morning) (register before 24 September)
  • NEW MODULE ON ASSESSMENT IN THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSROOM: Wednesday 3 October (morning) (register before 24 September)

Università Cattolica Piacenza Campus 

  • Module One: Thursday 20 September (morning) and Friday 21 September (morning) (register before 13 September)
  • NEW MODULE ON ASSESSMENT IN THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSROOM:  28 September (morning) (register before 21 September)

Università Cattolica Rome Campus 

  • *Module One: Thursday 27 September (afternoon) and Friday 28 September (afternoon) (register before 17 September)

*This module will be targeted towards academic staff teaching Economics. A further date will be proposed for academic staff teaching Medicine & Surgery.

Modules will be held with a minimum of 5 participants.
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.

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, as of September we are offering a new 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.

This module on assessment will also be offered at the Rome campus during the academic year.


To register, please complete the short registration questionnaire. If you need further information before registering please contact us: chei@unicatt.it or 02 7234 5228.

Participation in the modules is financed by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. If you are from outside the university then please contact the Centre 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. This is a half-day session and will be offered first at the Milan and Piacenza campuses, with further dates to be proposed for the Rome campus later in the year. 

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.

For other specific information or requests for support please contact the Centre.

Latest publications on English-medium instruction

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