Schiller International University

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Schiller International University
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Other name
Former name
Schiller College
MottoThe Global American University
TypePrivate for-profit university
Established1964; 59 years ago (1964)
FounderDr. Walter Leibrecht
Location, ,
United States

27°53′38″N 82°45′27″W / 27.893906°N 82.757513°W / 27.893906; -82.757513Coordinates: 27°53′38″N 82°45′27″W / 27.893906°N 82.757513°W / 27.893906; -82.757513
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Schiller International University (SIU) is a private for-profit university with its main campus and administrative headquarters in Tampa, Florida. It is named after the German playwright and philosopher Friedrich Schiller.[1]

It has campuses on two continents in four countries: Tampa, Paris (France), Madrid (Spain), Heidelberg (Germany). Schiller offers Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degrees. It also offers online degrees through distance learning.


Schiller was founded in 1964 by Dr. Walter Leibrecht as a study-abroad program for Americans living in West Germany. In 1969 the college relocated to Heidelberg.

In 1967, The Global American University, Schiller opened the Madrid and Paris international campuses. Students could move around the two campuses. [1]

In 1969, Schiller moved its international campus in Germany to Heidelberg and in 1983 they received US acreditation (Accredited Member ACICS). [2]

In 1991, the university opened its international Campus in Tampa, Florida. [1]



The main campus is located at 400 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602. [3] The university's Administrative Headquarters and Office of Admissions are in Tampa. The current president is Dr. Manuel Alonso-Puig.[4] At one time it was located in Dunedin, Florida. By 2006, the university moved to East Bay Drive and then Ulmerton Road in Largo.[5] The campus has 21 students and a 12% graduation rate.[6]


Schiller has a campus in the 15th arrondissement of Paris near the Place de la Convention.[7] The campus has 44 students.[8]


The Madrid Campus is located in a historic building on Paseo de Recoletos, 35 next to Paseo del Prado and the National Library. The Madrid campus specializes in International Business and in International Relations. In addition to US accreditation, the Madrid campus is recognized by the Comunidad de Madrid, allowing students to apply for "homologación." The campus has 74 students.[9]


The Heidelberg campus was the first Schiller campus and the largest. For years the campus was located in the Villa Krehl in Bergstraße, it also was located at 8 Hölderlinweg in the 1980s in the Altstadt (old city). In the summer of 2012 the campus moved to new facilities in the Bahnstadt.[10] The address of the campus is: Zollhofgarten 1, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany. The campus has 123 students.[11]


Schiller International University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools[2] (ACICS). In 2022, the US Department of Education revoked ACICS's accrediting authority.[12] The department will allow the university to continue operations until February 29, 2024. After that, it must be accredited by another organization.[13]

As of 2015 Schiller students can gain a double degree awarded by Schiller and the University of Roehampton in the United Kingdom, thanks to a bilateral agreement between both universities.[14]


Schiller has five areas of study that cover, international business, business administration, international relations and diplomacy, management of information technology, hospitality and tourism management and sustainability. English is the language of instruction on all campuses. Students may relocate from campus to campus while continuing their academic program. Schiller features the American pattern of university education.

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  1. ^ a b c "History | The Schiller International University". Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b "ACICS Member Directory." Retrieved on March 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "Home." Schiller International University. Retrieved on August 28, 2011. "Main Campus 400 N Tampa St, Suite #1700, Tampa, FL , 33602, United States "
  4. ^ "Largo, Florida." Schiller International University. Retrieved on August 28, 2011. "Admissions Office and Central Administration Offices, Campus Offices 400 N Tampa St, Suite #1700, Tampa, FL , 33602, United States "
  5. ^ Helfand, Lorri. "Largo makes Schiller a priority." Clearwater Times (Edition of St. Petersburg Times). Thursday February 23, 2006. Page 1. Retrieved from Google News (83 of 108) on August 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "College Scorecard". College Scorecard. US DOE. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Paris." Schiller International University. Retrieved on August 28, 2011. "Schiller International University 9, rue Yvart 75015 - Paris FRANCE "
  8. ^ "Schiller International University - Paris - Tuition and Acceptance Rate". Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  9. ^ "Schiller International University - Madrid - Tuition and Acceptance Rate". Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  10. ^ Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung December 18, 2012, p. 6, "Die Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung im Web - Heidelberg - Schiller University in neuem Ambiente". Archived from the original on 9 March 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Schiller International University - Heidelberg - Tuition and Acceptance Rate". Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  12. ^ Douglas-Gabriel, Danielle. "Education Dept. ousts college accreditor from oversight role". Washington Post. Washington Post. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  13. ^ "Consumer information & Disclosures". Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  14. ^ "New partnership with respected American university". University of Roehampton. Retrieved 9 March 2016.

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