Project Description

General overview

In 2011 SIMI has launched the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care of Human Mobility as a new annual online training programme. The course is available in five languages (Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese and German). The program is an initiative of the Scalabrini International Migration Institute, under the patronage of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and benefit of special recognition from the Fondazione Migrantes (Italia), the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO), the Fundación Comisión Católica de Migraciones (Argentina) and others academic institutions and research institutes.



The current edition has 72 students enrolled, residing in 17 different countries (Argentina, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Philippines, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, United Kingdom, Spain, Taiwan, Uganda, Venezuela).


The tenth edition counted 58 students enrolled, residing in 10 different countries (Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Philippines, Italy, Switzerland, Tasmania, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Venezuela).


The ninth edition of the Diploma counted 51 students enrolled, residing in 16 different countries (Albania, Argentina, Antilles, Cameroon, Colombia, Philippines, Italy, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, United States, South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine).


The eighth edition of the Diploma counted 67 students enrolled, residing in 14 different countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Philippines, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Uganda, United States).


The SIMI Graduate Diploma Program is offered to the following candidates:

  • Pastoral agents (clergy, religious men and women and lay people) already engaged in the migrant ministry (pastoral care of migrants, refugees, itinerant people and their families);
  • Pastoral agents (clergy, religious men and women and lay people) who are to work in the migrant ministry provided a certification from their bishop/religious superior/parish priest expressing their commitment to this plan is submitted;
  • Scalabrinian Lay People and Cooperators.


The pre-requisites to apply for the SIMI Graduate Diploma Program are the following:

  • Age of consent (18 years);
  • High School Diploma or equivalent;
  • Sufficient pastoral experience (at least two years).

Exceptions to the above pre-requisite may be considered on specific request of the candidates and have to be explicitly mentioned in the Bishop/religious superior/parish’s presentation letter.

Description of the Program

The program is organized in two levels or cycles (Basic and Advanced). Each cycle comprises five courses that are distributed in one full academic year (November to June*) with “virtual classes” held every 15 days.

All courses are “reading courses” where face-to-face lessons are substituted by the individual reading of reference materials prepared by the professor every fortnight. This online reading course is delivered through the SIMI e-learning platform. Students will be required to show the completion of the assignment by summarising readings or by providing written answers to questions prepared by the professor. The successful completion will be determined by the passing of exams of all the courses and the final exam.

Students who successfully complete the Basic Diploma will be eligible to progress to the Advanced Diploma program.

At the end of each level a diploma will be given to successful students.

*Portuguese classes are held from April to December

Basic Level Advanced Level

Introduction to the Migration Phenomenon – F. Baggio

A Theological Reading of the Migration Phenomenon – G. Campese

Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in the Context of Migration – C. Boca

Migration and Ethical Issues – F. Baggio

Migration in the Old Testament: Human Experience and God’s Design – Elizangela Chavez Dias

Communicating Human Migration: socio-pastoral Challenges and Perspectives – G. Beltrami

The Teaching of the Church and the Pastoral Care of Human Mobility – G. Campese

Migration in the New Testament: foreignness and welcome in the light of the Gospel – Elizangela Chavez Dias

Pastoral Care in Migratory Contexts: Foundations and Methodologies  – A. Skoda

Pastoral Care in Migratory Contexts: for an Integral and Intercultural Action  A. Skoda


For each level students are requested to pay a tuition fees, which includes the academic taxes, access to the e-learning platform, reading materials in PDF and the official diploma. Tuition fees would vary depending on the country where the applicant is based. For emerging countries there are scholarships available (kindly send you inquires to SIMI’s Secretariat).

In order to asses properly all the enrollment requests, SIMI requires candidates to duly complete the form in the box below.


Missionary priest of the Scalabrinian Congregation, under-secretary of the Section for Migrants and Refugees of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
Professor at Pontifical Urbaniana University, Caterina Boca collaborate with Caritas Italy and Fondazione Migrantes
Gioacchino Campese Scalabrinian missionary and professor of Theology of Human Mobility at Pontifical Urbaniana University
Scalabrinian Missionary, responsabile dell’Ufficio Comunicazione dei missionari Scalabriniani (UCoS)
Cavez Missionary Sister, professor of Biblical Theology and Human Mobility at Pontifical Urbaniana University
Scalabrinian missionary, professor of Pastoral Theology of Human Mobility at Pontifical Urbaniana University