Schiller International University

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Not to be confused with the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena.
Schiller International University
Other name
Former name
Schiller College
Motto One World, One University
Type Private
Established 1964 (1964)
Founder Dr. Walter Leibrecht
President Dr. Manuel Alonso-Puig
Address 8560 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL, 33771-3842, 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
Colours          Burgundy and grey
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Schiller International University is a for profit American university with its main campus and administrative headquarters 8560 Ulmerton Road, Largo, Florida, United States. It has campuses on two continents in four countries, each campus offering its own unique experiences to students: Tampa Bay, Paris, Madrid, Heidelberg, and London. Schiller offers Associate, Bachelor, and Master's degree in a number of areas. 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.


Tampa Bay[edit]

The main campus is located in Largo, Florida.[1] The university's Administrative Headquarters and Office of Admissions are in Largo. The current president is Dr. Manuel Alonso-Puig.[2] At one time it was located in Dunedin, Florida. By 2006, the university moved to East Bay Drive and then Ulmerton Road in Largo.[3]


Schiller has a campus in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. It is in proximity to Place de la Convention.[4]


The Madrid Campus is located in a historic building on Plaza de la Republica Argentina in Northern Madrid. It is well situated for metro, buses, and trains and is on the corner of the elegant Calle Serrano. 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." Madrid can accept students at the start of any month in the year.


The Heidelberg campus was the first Schiller campus and is still the largest. For years the campus was located in the Villa Krehl in Bergstraße, but in summer of 2012 the campus moved to new facilities in the Bahnstadt.[5] The address of the campus is: Zollhofgarten 1, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany.


Schiller first established a London presence in 1971, renting facilities in Birkbeck College. In 1978, an outer London campus in premises owned by the university was established at the historic Wickham Court in West Wickham, Kent. In 1981 the university acquired the former Royal Waterloo Hospital for Children and Women, and established an additional central London campus there until 2010. [6] This facility was vacated in 2010 when a campus was briefly established in the South Bank Technopark Building on the property of London South Bank University in the London Borough of Southwark, England.[7][8] In 2011, the university said that 80-85% of its students originated from non-European Union countries, and therefore they needed student visas to study at the school. During that year, the United Kingdom placed tighter restrictions on student visas. In response, in August 2011 Schiller stated that it was closing its London campus. William Moore, the executive vice president of Schiller, said that the new visa requirements were the reason why Schiller's London campus closed.[9] Schiller re-established its presence in London as of September 2016, renting premises on the campus of Roehampton University in South West London.


Schiller International University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools,[10] an accrediting body authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit private post-secondary institutions offering programs for careers or professions where business applications or doctrines, supervisory or management techniques, professional or para-professional applications, and other business-related applications support or constitute the career.[11] As of 2015 Schiller students now gain a double degree awarded by Schiller and the University of Roehampton in the United Kingdom, thanks to a bilateral agreement between both universities.[12]


The programs include international business, business administration, international relations and diplomacy,[13] management of information technology, and hospitality and tourism management. Two-year (Associate of Science) programs are offered in international business, international hospitality and tourism management, and nursing. 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. Every campus is small, so that it can provide individual attention to the students that come from a wide range of nations.

Financial aid[edit]

The university is approved for Federal and Veterans' training programs, and also offers a limited number of institutional awards to students—regardless of citizenship—based on need, academic performance, nationality, and grade level (undergraduate or graduate).

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Simon Bowthorpe (born 1964), English chief executive
  • Usman Dar (born 1974), Pakistani politician
  • Andy Murray (born 1987), Scottish male tennis player and Olympic gold medallist for Great Britain
  • Dr. Gregory Unruh (born 1964), creator of Carbon Lock-in theory.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Home." Schiller International University. Retrieved on August 28, 2011. "Main Campus 8560 Ulmerton Road Largo, Florida 33771 "
  2. ^ "Largo, Florida." Schiller International University. Retrieved on August 28, 2011. "Admissions Office and Central Administration Offices, Campus Offices 8560 Ulmerton Road Largo, Florida 33771 "
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Paris." Schiller International University. Retrieved on August 28, 2011. "Schiller International University 9, rue Yvart 75015 - Paris FRANCE "
  5. ^ Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung December 18, 2012, p. 6,
  6. ^ The World of Learning, Section Six: American Colleges in the UK, 1988 edition, p. 139 et al.
  7. ^ "Getting here." London South Bank University. Retrieved on August 28, 2011.
  8. ^ "London." (Image) "Schiller International University. Retrieved on August 28, 2011. "LKIC - Technopark Building 90 London Road London, SE1 6LN "
  9. ^ Li, Jonathan J. Stricter Visa Rules in U.K. Put Some Colleges in Bind." 'The New York Times. August 28, 2011. Retrieved on August 28, 2011.
  10. ^ "ACICS Member Directory." Retrieved on March 9, 2016.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "New partnership with respected American university". University of Roehampton. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "International Relations and Schiller International University". StudentAdvisor. 

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