About International House World Organisation
What do we do?
The International House World Organisation (IHWO) is one of the largest and oldest groups of language schools in the world. Founded in 1953, we are a global network of over 150 affiliated private language schools in 52 countries, spanning every continent.
Our schools teach English and a wide variety of other languages and are all independently owned and run.
Quality is at the core of everything we do. Only schools that meet our exceptional quality standards are allowed to use the International House brand.
International House pioneered Teacher Training programmes for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and our courses and centres remain some of the most sought after in the industry.
International House teachers write the course books. Many of the course books used today by ELT teachers are written by teaching experts trained by International House. These include Headway, Cutting Edge, Language To Go, Natural Grammar and Fountain.
The International House World Organisation operates in four key areas:
We publicise our member schools to students
We provide teacher training
We organise events to publicise our member schools to agents
We set industry standards in quality language teaching
Why do schools join?
Schools affiliate to International House to prove their dedication to quality teaching, facilities and student care.
Commitment to quality
All schools are inspected prior to affiliation and if they do not meet our exacting quality standards they cannot use the International House brand. This ensures that International House remains a name that both students and teachers can trust.
International House affiliates benefit from idea sharing and networking opportunities within the organisation and beyond. They are invited to International House conferences, events and workshops and have access to a wealth of shared teaching, management and publicity materials.
Head office support
Administrative support and all membership services for affiliates are provided by the IHWO headquarters in London. This company operates separately from the International House London school and acts solely in the interests of affiliate shareholders.
The International House brand is a symbol of quality without compromise.
Since the International House network was established in 1953, the purpose of the organisation has been to identify schools, all around the world, that guarantee the very highest standards of language education.
Staff and students can trust International House schools to demonstrate a uniform commitment to quality across any city, country or continent.
Schools choose to affiliate to International House to demonstrate their commitment to top quality education.
All International House schools are inspected prior to affiliation to ensure they meet the requirements of our Quality Charters.
Once affiliated, the schools continue to be inspected every one to three years, depending on how recently they joined the organisation.
Inspections ensure that all schools adhere to the International House Quality Charters:
Any affiliated school found to be below the standards required is advised to make improvements before being inspected again. Schools that consistently fail to meet our quality standards will be disaffiliated and no longer authorised to use the International House brand.