Customized English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) Programs are designed to suit the unique schedules, interests and needs of instructors coming from international teaching contexts. 

  • Study at one of the top universities in the world
  • Learn from many experts in the field of education, including UVic professors
  • Meet local and international school administrators and instructors


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Program description

The University of Victoria (UVic), located on beautiful Vancouver Island, Canada, provides professional development programs to international instructors to enhance their teaching skills and revitalize the reputation of their schools. For the last two decades, instructors around the world have successfully completed our customized teacher-training programs.

English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) is a practical course that will provide high-quality skills training for instructors who are required to teach subject content in English, in their home countries.

Participants will learn on-site at UVic from experts in the field of education, applied linguistics, CLIL and TEFL. This program offers a stimulating, interactive teaching and learning environment in which education professionals develop their ability to communicate and teach more effectively in English, in six skill areas:

  1. listening
  2. speaking
  3. reading
  4. writing
  5. representing
  6. viewing

In addition to enhancing participants’ English skills, this program provides a strong professional development component. It presents participants with a variety of teaching methodologies, curriculum planning strategies and communicative/experiential classroom techniques, which will enable them to plan, design and develop effective lessons in English.

Who is this program for?

This program is for international postsecondary instructors looking to develop skills to teach their subject area in English.

Program options

The EMI program can be customized to fit the schedules, interests and needs of the group. This includes:

  • formal classroom instruction
  • professional-development workshops, including visits to the university library, Learning Commons, university class visits, Learning and Teaching Centre, etc.
  • various socio-cultural events
  • a safe and respectful English immersion context for the enhancement of language, cultural intelligence and educational leadership skills


Additional program information

Courses and fees

Topics of study may include:

  • the role of an EMI instructor
  • evaluating content and how to integrate it
  • English for teaching purposes
  • assessment/evaluation/testing in EMI classes
  • an overview of Canadian post-secondary education
  • effective TEFL teaching strategies
  • public speaking
  • technology in the classroom
  • writing for professionals.

Estimated fees

Fees vary depending on the length and details of your customized program. We can work with you to create a program that works with your budget. 

Application information

Admission requirements

The intensive nature of our program requires potential candidates to:

  • be international, non-native English speaking education professionals with a current teaching or leadership assignment or pre-service instructors in an accredited graduate program
  • provide evidence of fluency in English:
    • TOIEC 700
    • TOEFL iBT 71
    • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
    • or a document supporting their participation in the program by their district administration plan.

How to apply

For more information, please email our Program Coordinator at

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