International Research Unit for Multilingualism

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Between Research and Practice

The International Research Unit for Multilingualism is headed by Prof. Claudia M. Riehl. She also heads the Institute for German as a Foreign Language at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.


Multilingualism is an important resource in our globalized society. It is of great importance both for the individual and for the group. In contrast to Central Europe, multilingualism is the norm in many regions of the world.

Equally so, there are only a few institutes around the world that explicitly deal with multilingualism scientifically, this is due to the division into single-language philologies. The International Research Center for Multilingualism (IFM) would like to close this research gap for the Federal Republic of Germany. In addition, it aims to establish a strong network with individuals and businesses from both the education and private sector.