IHI Zittau

I worked at IHI Zittau (one day per week) between October 2014 and January 2018. I was employed by the Technical University of Dresden to teach Business English to Masters Students at IHI Zittau.

The International University Institute Zittau (IHI) is one of the youngest of the Saxon universities in the Free State of Saxony. It was founded on February 15, 1993. Since January 1, 2013, the IHI has been part of the TU Dresden as a central scientific institution. The basis is a resolution of the Saxon State Parliament of September 26, 2012, within the framework of the new “Higher Education Freedom Act”.

As the central scientific institution of the TU Dresden, the IHI offers master’s courses with the profile “Biodiversity and Responsible Management” in the border triangle between Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany.


IHI Zittau

IHI Zittau is a workshop on European thought! It crosses borders in many senses. Even as a student you participate in the international transfer of knowledge and technology. You have fellow students from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and many other countries in Europe and around the world. Through living and studying together you learn much about the language and culture of our European neighbors. In part thanks to this broad experience, our graduates find themselves in great demand as experts in the international job market.

With 300 or more students from over 20 countries, IHI Zittau is of a pleasant size, open to the world in a town of short distances and at the same time part of the renowned TU Dresden. At IHI Zittau students and professors meet – and not only in large lecture halls. Individual mentoring and supervision are our trademarks, alongside actively conducting research and practical projects. Since 2013, IHI Zittau has been a Central Academic Unit of TU Dresden.

TU Dresden

TU Dresden is a public research university, the largest institute of higher education in the city of Dresden, the largest university in Saxony, and one of the 10 largest universities in Germany with 32,389 students as of 2018. Technische Universität Dresden is one of the leading and most dynamic universities in Europe.

At the time of my employment, I was living in Opole – which is approximately 284 kilometers away from IHI Zittau. The University thus paid for my petrol to and from Poland and also for a night’s stay at a Pension hotel in Zittau. After having successfully worked at the University for approximately three and a half years, I decided that driving there and back every week was simply too risky. For more information, please contact me via Facebook or take a look at my CV.

Business English

By studying Business English you can improve your overall English language ability while targeting areas that will help you achieve your goals at work. These could be anything from starting on your career path, looking for a promotion, pushing for a pay rise or simply feeling more confident in your role.

Learning business English will help you to improve your existing English skills as well as build up new knowledge. You will study vocabulary and expressions specific to your branch, you will learn how to write business correspondence and do other practical work-related tasks

While studying business English you will learn how international companies collaborate with one another, how they do business, and build professional relationships. Oftentimes, a good level of business English can help you get a job that you wouldn’t land without the knowledge of this global language in a business context. Being able to use specialized vocabulary and phrases confidently and fluently will make you sound like a real expert and you will be treated more seriously in business. 

Author: Piers Midwinter
I am an artist and teacher. I live and work in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.