Certified Quality of English-Taught Programs


The University of Freiburg aims to ensure high standards of teaching in an international academic setting. To this end, the University has established a quality assurance measure for its English Medium Instruction (EMI) programs, starting with the Master programs. Implementing international standards, the EMI quality seal certifies the required level of linguistic and communicative competencies of at least 80% of the permanent teaching staff of the relevant EMI program.

Certification entails a classroom visit with pluri-perspective feedback. On the one hand, EMI experts assess language clarity and, in general, language use via specific criteria for teaching purposes in an international academic setting. On the other hand, students provide their in-class perceptions of language clarity and use via a questionnaire. The results are merged into a final score which must meet a quality threshold in order for a teacher to be certified. Once a program has had at least 80% of permanent teaching staff certified, the program is awarded the quality seal, which is valid for 5 years.

The following linguistic and communicative competencies for teaching purposes are assessed:

  • Pronunciation and articulation
  • Lexical accuracy
  • Cohesive language use for lecturing
  • Language use to initiate student input
  • Language use to manage and respond to student input


This quality assurance measure is unique in the German higher education landscape. Programs with this quality seal have already successfully completed the certification procedure, which is currently ongoing for other EMI programs at the University of Freiburg.

To find out more about the English Medium Instruction Program at the University of Freiburg, go to https://www.sli.uni-freiburg.de/english/emi



Certification is carried out by the University’s Language Teaching Centre, advised by a panel of international EMI experts, and is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (grant no. 01PL11007 - Quality Pact for Teaching).

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