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  • established in 1978 on the initiative of Franz Josef Strauß; Head of the Institute: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Harald Weinrich
  • oldest and most important institute for DaF in Germany
  • most international institute of LMU
  • central function for the qualification of young academics for research and education in German and international universities
  • placement of graduates of the Institute as university lecturers at home and abroad, as DAAD lectors, experts for intercultural communication in the economic sector, in key positions in national and international cultural work

Leading institute in:

  • basic research
  • research in communication in the scientific sector
  • research on intercultural and institutional communication
  • research on language education and language learning
  • development of language learning and e-learning programs
  • research in the teaching of transcultural of literature
  • development of concepts for the promotion of integration and foreign cultural policy
  • excellent national and international reputation due to extraordinary accomplishments of the lecturers the following areas: publications, presentations and consultations as well as the organization of numerous scientific congresses
  • second highest acquirement of third-party funds of all disciplines in the Humanities at LMU