About us

A long tradition of language training in further education

Our Institute was established in 1945 under its original name of the Städtische Sprachenschule, or Municipal Language School. It was integrated into the city’s vocational education system in 1974 as a Berufsfachschule, or vocational training college. The Fachakademie, a specialist training academy, was added in 1979. The years since then have witnessed a progressive expansion of our teaching programmes, always with an express regard for the specific vocational requirements of a united Europe.


Specializing in qualified training for foreign-language careers

Acquiring linguistic competence to meet occupational needs and learning specialisms to be successful nationally and internationally: The FIM offers a comprehensive and up-to-date range of choices to young people and adults who are interested in modern foreign languages.

Publicly financed

Our Institute is Bavaria’s only publicly-run training establishment for foreign-language careers. We are part Munich state capital’s system of municipal vocational training facilities, and responsible to the city’s Schools Department. The inspectorate is in the hands of the Upper Bavarian government.
Syllabuses, curricula and final examinations are produced by the Bavarian State Ministry of Education.
Courses at our Institute are non-fee-paying.

Multi-culturally organized

50 per cent of the teachers on our staff come from English-, French or Spanish-speaking parts of the world, while the student body is a cornucopia of nationalities. We all understand that our everyday dealings with one another should be characterized by the values of intercultural dialogue, tolerance and sincerity.

Excellence in teaching for more than 75 years

State-recognised training

Excellence label Erasmus+

International staff

Non-fee-paying courses

Individual and job-oriented


Institute management

Renate Klar
School principal

Gerhard Klaus
Assistant to the School Principal

Anna Bennett-Long
Staff member in the Institute management

Heads of department

Martina Wiegand
Head of English

Christine Oldenburg
Head of French

Melanie Michaelis
Head of Spanish

Our Staff

Half of our teaching body speak English, French or Spanish as their native languages.
They work with their German colleagues to provide language and communications training.

A good number of our staff have themselves university or state qualifications as translators or interpreters, some of them working as such on a freelance basis and thus able in the classroom to bridge the gap between the requirements of the working world and those of examinations and teaching syllabuses. The teaching provided is technically competent and aimed at encouraging our students to work independently.


Teaching staff

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