Quality language schools worldwide

Founded in 1983, the International Association of Language Centres is a global network of high-quality, independent language schools that teach the official language of their country.

Learning the language where it is spoken is the most effective and enjoyable way to improve all-round language skills. In-country language immersion accelerates improvement and provides the vital cultural context for the language.

IALC language centres are true specialists in teaching the official language of their country. We cater for all kinds of learner, from school and university students to professional people and leisure travellers. We provide the whole experience: classes, accommodation, activities, advice. Wherever you see the IALC logo, you’ll find outstanding language training and service.


The driving force behind IALC was Alberto Sampere (1929-2005), a pioneer in teaching Spanish as a foreign language and the owner of Estudio Sampere in Madrid, still a member of IALC today. Together with seven other language school owners, he founded IALC with the following aims:

Founding Aims


Founding Members






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