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IKI Vienna history

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37 Years of IKI Vienna

The International Culture Institute (IKI Vienna) was founded by a group of German teachers as a non-profit organisation in 1981. The institute is specialised in German as a foreign language and stands among the most prestigious language schools in the German-speaking realm.

450-500 course participants from all across the world attend our German classes each month.

View from IKI on Opernring 7 to the Vienna State Opera.

Apart from the regular coursework, IKI is also an accredited and certified examination centre for the Austrian German Language Diploma (ÖSD) and works closely together with the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF). Excellent relations are also well kept with the WAFF (Vienna Employment Promotion Fund) and AMS (Employment Service Austria).

IKI also hosts a programme in cooperation with the University of Washington, the NC State University and the University of Kansas.

View from IKI Bösendorferstraße to the Karlskirche

Institute Management

Ann Safranek Executive Director

Elizabeth Safranek Managing Director

After the sisters Ann and Elizabeth Safranek took over the International Culture Institute at Wiener Opernring from their mother in the year 2012, the two have been successfully managing the traditional Viennese company in the spirit of the founders for many years now. With the entry of the next generation, important modernisation measures were set in place in the administration and back office areas. The non-profit, social educational mandate nevertheless remains centre stage as before, with the organisation activity to a large extent well respected and well esteemed.

In the Office

In the office, Barbara Pöll, Benjamin Kasinger and Anne-Sophie Berset take care of all the organisational matters

In the Classroom

Awaiting you in the classrooms are professional teachers with academic degrees (language or educational studies) who bring great dedication and top expertise to bear for your personal progress. The entire teaching staff is specialised in German as a foreign language, have many years of experience in language lessons and are employed full-time at IKI Vienna.

Our staff:

Barbara Gräf, Johann Gruber, Beate Hacker, Elisabeth Mäser, Eos Paul, Elisabeth Petru, Gertrude Rathbauer, Martin Reiterer, Daniela O'Shea, Andreas Werle, Michaela Weghaupt
and
Max Aigner, Jaqueline Almasy, Irene Bisanz, Angela Buzek, Maria Cruz, Tanja Erben, Peter Fechter, Rita Hnolik, Andrea Krakora, Harald Krebl, Birgit Kunz, Stefanie Mayer, Herwig Ofner, Katharina Scherner, Verena Schweiger, Alena Soucek, Herwig Stingl, Stefan Weghuber, Corinna Widhalm

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