Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Communications and language (CAL)

RCSI is one of the most culturally diverse colleges in the world. Our student community is made up of men and women from over 70 countries. From day one, students are offered an international learning experience that celebrates diversity but also seeks to prepare graduates for an increasingly globalised healthcare career.

Professionalism and communicative competence

The communications and language (CAL) programme is designed to develop the professionalism and communicative competence of all students working through English as a second or additional language and bilingual students in order to enable you to fully participate in a professional, multicultural health sciences education environment and its various contexts.

Inclusion in a multicultural environment

We seek to promote and foster a multicultural environment where you feel welcome, included and supported, whatever your nationality or cultural background. We conduct ongoing evidence-based education research to enhance and develop CAL programmes in response to your needs and those of the broader RCSI community.

Service objectives

  • To provide state-of-the-art assessment and profiling of linguistic and communicative competence of RCSI students.
  • To actively develop RCSI student communication, language and critical thinking skills.
  • To cultivate and enhance student core and situational confidence for effective intercultural communication in professional healthcare settings.
  • To promote the acquisition and application independent learning skills and continuous student growth.

We achieve this through the delivery of embedded curricular programmes, provision of practical tutorials and workshops, one-to-one coaching and consultancy, the development and management of technology-based language and communication resources and laboratory learning environments.