International House unveils new members

28 April, 2014

International House World Organisation (IHWO) has welcomed language schools in Italy, Russia, Germany and Angola into its global network, bringing the total number of schools to 158.

The campus of IH Berlin, one of the new members of IHWO

GLS Berlin has joined the group as IH Berlin, and is the only language school in Berlin with a 14,000-m² campus in the centre of the city, with a student hotel and restaurant on site. The school is a test centre for TestDaf, Toefl and Cambridge English.

School Director, Barbara Jaeschke, said, “IH schools enjoy an excellent reputation, and we are very happy to represent IH in Berlin. IH is a quality mark, and with nearly 100 language schools in Berlin right now, it will help learners to identify a quality school.”

Giga School in Catania, Italy, has now become Giga IH Catania, and offers general English courses, Cambridge and Ielts exam preparation programmes, as well as French, Spanish, German and Chinese classes. The school is also a Cambridge Teacher Training Centre, providing Celta, Delta and Young Learners Extension to Celta courses.

“Giga school was founded in 1997 and has always had the provision of high-quality language services and excellence in teacher training courses as its main goal,” said Palmina La Rosa, School Director. “This is why we decided to affiliate to IHWO. By becoming an IHWO affiliate school, we can make the teaching standards visible and tangible to our students.”

Founded in 2004 as a study travel consultancy in Russia, International Centre Linguist has become IH Voronezh – Linguist, and comprises of a language school, a teacher training department and an authorised Cambridge Esol examination centre.

Natalia Vlasova, Owner and General Manager of IH Voronezh – Lingiust, said, “For us to become a part of the big International House family means to progress to a new level of development, both professionally and personally. It is not just a change of name; it’s a totally new level of language education. It’s not a secret that ‘Linguist’ is currently one of the market leaders in the region of Voronezh, and becoming a part of the international network of affiliates will give us new perspectives for growth and development.”

As previously reported, IH Cape Town has opened an English language school in Luanda, Angola, to provide English language courses, in-company training, executive courses and private lessons, while also operating a study abroad desk.

“I am very pleased to welcome these four excellent schools to our network,” said Lucy Horsefield, Chief Operating Officer of IHWO. GLS Berlin are a wonderful addition to our Study Abroad group. IH Voronezh and [the previously announced] IH Stavropol are both extremely successful schools in their towns in Russia, and Giga IH Catania is well known as a key player in Aisli and Eaquals. I feel proud that International House has something unique to offer these well-established schools.”

She added, “Our organisation is growing steadily at the moment and we are very happy with the high calibre of the schools that we are affiliating. At our Directors’ Conference in Dubai this month, our members will meet to receive management training and to discuss best business practice and strategy for the future. I think it is this kind of support and excellent reputation that makes International House membership so valuable.”

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