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Become an IH School

The International House World Organisation (IHWO) has over 150 member schools in 52 countries.

Schools choose to affiliate to International House because they want to demonstrate their commitment to top quality language education. The organisation affiliates only private language schools into its global network and all our schools are privately-owned and managed.

In order to maintain its strong reputation for quality, the IHWO insists that all of its schools adhere to a detailed set of Quality Charters. These criteria are reinforced through regular school inspections.

Schools within the International House network do not compete with each other for business, enabling friendly, open, supportive relationships within the organisation.

Why become an International House affiliate?

  • Strong, internationally recognised brand and logo
  • Global presence, we have schools in 50 countries
  • Quality guaranteed, and maintained through regular inspections
  • New affiliate membership pack
  • Marketing assistance and publicity
  • Staff recruitment service
  • Teacher training and development courses
  • Teaching materials and resources available to download
  • Events and conferences
  • Advice and assistance from the IHWO head office
  • Learn and share ideas with other affiliates

Find out why existing IH schools think that you should make the move and join us in the IH network here!

What do I get for my money?

Head Office Support

The IHWO head office is based in London where a small team coordinate the network. With specialists in recruitment, marketing, business development and communications they provide on-going support to IH schools, oversee affiliation applications and coordinate international conferences and events.

Teacher Training

International House was one of the early pioneers of teacher training and has remained at the forefront of the industry ever since. Both our online and in-school teacher training courses are highly respected, providing qualifications in CELTA, DELTA, Trinity ESOL, Online Training, Young Learners and more. To find out more go to our Teacher Training page.

Teacher Recruitment

The International House network is considered one of the most prestigious employers for language teachers. Our London-based recruitment service is dedicated to matching quality candidates to teaching and management vacancies in International House schools. We can interview and screen applicants on your behalf.

Marketing and Events

Our affiliates are invited to a number of International House conferences throughout the year. This creates an idea sharing platform where schools can learn and benefit from each other’s experience. Agent Workshops and Roadshows are run on behalf of the Study Abroad schools, helping to broaden their market and branded marketing materials are available, helping save costs on publicity.

Affiliation Criteria

  • Schools must meet the high standards of the International House Quality Charters
  • All potential affiliates must be privately owned
  • If a director owns more than one language school, they must affiliate ALL of their schools at the same time
  • Potential affiliates must not be located within the same territory as existing International House schools

Detailed information

To find out all you need to know about joining the International House network and receive more detailed information, please fill in the form below.

How do I apply?

Step 1: Application

Request an application pack explaining the process and how to apply.

Step 2: Review

Application is reviewed by the IHWO Management Committee. If passed, a school inspection is arranged as soon as possible.

Step 3: Inspection

The inspection takes 2-3 days and includes detailed classroom observations. An Inspection Report will then be reviewed by the IHWO Management Committee.

Step 4: Approval

If the Committee approves the application, an Affiliation Contract is signed. The school pays the joining fee and affiliation fee and then receives a Certificate of Affiliation to IHWO.

This process can take 2-3 months or longer, depending on the circumstances and the availability of school inspectors.

To make an enquiry about becoming an IH school please complete the form below