Dr. Walter W. Leibrecht was born on September 3rd, 1927 in Karlsruhe, Germany. He enrolled in 1945 at the university of Erlangen-Nuremberg and later continued at the University of Heidelberg. During his studies he was selected as one of the first German students for a study abroad term after the war, at first at the University of Zurich, Switzerland and later at the University of Chicago.
Later, during his time as a professor and student advisor at Columbia, Harvard, Northwestern and Chicago Walter Leibrecht was often approached by young Americans who inquired about study abroad possibilities in his native country of Germany.
In 1964 he established the first campus of Schiller College at the medieval castle of Ingersheim, near Stuttgart in Southern Germany and named it after the famous 18th century German poet who also is considered as a national figurehead for ideas of liberty and tolerance among nations. The college was very successful – soon several dozen, then up to three and four hundred colleges and universities all over the United States chose Schiller as their study abroad venue in Germany.
A second and third campus was opened in Germany and two years later Dr. Leibrecht’s vision of an international university grew beyond the borders of Germany, when a study center was opened in Paris, France, soon to be followed by campuses in Madrid, Spain and London, England.
1964 – Founded by Dr. Walter Leibrecht and established first campus in Kleiningersheim, Germany
1967 – Campuses in Paris and Madrid opened
1969 – German Campus moved to Heidelberg
1983 – Received accreditation from ACICS as an Independent College
1991 – Campus in Tampa Bay Area, Florida opened
2010 – The Palmer Group, led by Mr. Russell Palmer former Dean of Wharton School of Business from the University of Pennsylvania, acquired Schiller International University
2014 – Double-degree program agreement with the University of Roehampton, London, to offer students an American and a European degree in one program
2016 – Schiller International University became the first American University to receive German Programmatic Accreditation
Schiller International University today, continues to propose education as a force to unite people, nations and cultures to encourage active development of international understanding. Students gain the invaluable experience of studying and interacting with people from different national and cultural backgrounds and forming lifelong relationships. Understanding other economies, cultures and political systems is critical in today’s global economy.
Schiller International University transforms students while preparing them to develop into global citizens of the world who can meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Here each student counts, each student is taken seriously, and faculty and staff members support our students. Close attention is paid to each individual student and, more importantly, there is a holistic approach where equal emphasis is placed on professionalism and on the education as a whole for the individual. Students will develop the ability to think creatively and critically, and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Personal initiative is encouraged throughout their program of study.