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EMI Courses in Oxford

EMI Courses in Oxford

Universities from around the world come for EMI courses in Oxford. Most come for 2 weeks and enjoy all the benefits and sights that Oxford has to offer.

We have recently welcomed university academics from Tsinghua University, China, North China Electric Power University, Northwestern Polytechnical University from Xi'an, International Christian University in Japan, Fukuoka University in Japan. We have also worked with European Universities: University of Oviedo in Spain and the Grande Ecole des Mines d'Ales, France.   

Who are the courses for?

Teaching through EMI: Our courses in Oxford are for academics, lecturers and supervisors working in Higher Education who teach or are going to teach their subject in English.

Presenting to an International Audience: If you are a representative of a university which wants to attract international students, you may want to prepare and practise presenting your institution in English. We can help you to prepare and perfect your presentation.

Developing in-house EMI support: We train teachers, such as English Language teachers in your institution, to become aware of EMI issues and to create your own in-house support for your EMI academics.

When are the Oxford courses?

These courses are organised throughout the year for universities on request.

We also organise a summer school each year. Next year the summer school for EMI lecturers is from 29 July to 4 August 2018. 

How long are the courses?

The courses typically lasts 1 or 2 weeks. The summer school this year lasts 1 week from Sunday to Saturday.

In a 2-week course there is more time to practise lecturing and more time for feedback sessions with the tutors. There is also more time to enjoy Oxford, the university and the city.

What is the content of the EMI courses?

The course content is very similar to our 'International' courses in your own country and is based on EMI research.

In a 2-week course (10 teaching days) we will explore the challenges of teaching in English and provide you with practical ideas for teaching your academic subject through EMI. We explore how to make our teaching more interactive, more interesting for an international student audience and we discuss the issues which arise when we are teaching in an international lecture hall, labs or seminars. These include presentation and teaching skills, how fast we speak, how we can check that the students understand and so on.

We ask you to bring real examples of your lectures – lectures that you would like to teach in English- and we use this discipline-specific material to prepare and practise mini lecture sessions. Lecturers and researchers from the University of Oxford also teach guest sessions in these courses.Our participants on these courses have always been extremely pleased with the progress they make and the confidence they gain.

                                                                                    "I was so nervous before coming to Oxford but now I am confident that I can teach my subject in English"

Where will I stay?

Classes take place in famous Oxford buildings such as Oxford University colleges. We have held courses in Trinity College, Hertford College and St Antony's College. This year's summer school will be held at St Catherine's College. Oxford EMI Training is an organisation which contracts with colleges for the use of facilties but does not work under the aegis of the University of Oxford.

Participants stay in hotels in Oxford or in the colleges depending on your preference and also the time of year. College accommodation is available only in the academic vacation in Oxford. We will help you to find accommodation. Recent groups have stayed at the Linton Lodge Hotel, the Head of the River pub for example and attended class at St Antony's College and Hertford College. Other groups stay and have classes at Trinity College, Oxford. We will arrange this with you in advance.


How does it work?

2-week EMI course for University Lecturers


  • Training fee: For 13 nights, tuition £2,200 (GB pounds) per person.
  • Accommodation in a college for 13 nights at an additional cost.
  • Accommodation in a hotel - we help to organise this and you pay whatever the hotel charges.

During the course participants will:

  • Explore the theory behind English Medium Instruction (EMI).
  • Share practical teaching and lecturing skills.
  • Prepare and practise teaching in EMI.

We will adapt the course to the participants. Participants may bring their own lecture materials with them to work on.

This course is for academics who have varying experience in the classroom and who teach or are going to teach through EMI.

They should have an intermediate level in English to participate. They need to be able to understand but they do not have to speak perfect English.


Oxford EMI Certificate.

EMI course and materials.

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OXFORD EMI  CERTIFICATES will be awarded on successful completion of the course

We would be happy to discuss possible courses in Oxford for your institution. Please contact us