Our School

The Internationales Kulturinstitut (IKI) was founded in 1981 by a group of German teachers who wanted to inspire people to achieve their professional and personal goals. We believed that student focus, superior customer service and cross-cultural communication could be combined in a way that students will love and benefit from.

Part of our inspiration came from one of the founders, who just returned to Vienna from an around-the-world journey where she realized how important it is to learn  the language of the countries she visited.

Today, IKI is one of the most respected language schools in Vienna and we collaborate with several prestigious universities from the Unites States including the University of Washington, North Carolina State University and the University of Kansas. The institute is also an official examination centre for the Österreichisches Sprachdiplom (ÖSD) and the courses are approved by the Österreichischer Integrationsfonds and the City of Vienna.

Every month, 450 to 550 students come to us from around the world to attend courses, mostly through word-of-mouth. Even though IKI has grown over the years, we retain personal attention and quality in every class.

By 2017, due to increasing demand from businesses, we decided to found
IKI Language Solutions in order to offer the same basic philosophy and excellence in training to companies and professionals wishing to communicate effectively in German or English.


Elizabeth Safranek and Ann Safranek

Management Team