2000

Founded by Dieter Sauer as an independent subsidiary of the German F+U group. The aim of the company was to establish a regional further education centre for adults. The manager was José Rodríguez.

2001

We obtain authorization from the Spanish Department of Employment to provide further education for the unemployed, specifically  German and English classes

2002

We specialize in teaching “Spanish as a  Foreign Language”

2003

We increased the amount of accommodation: shared students flats & host families

2004

Frank Sellingsloh, Marketing Director of the F+U Group becomes manager of the FU International Academy. Initially Frank carried out a dual function.

2004 -2

We realize our first EU funded Leonardo da Vinci Youth Mobility Project with students from Germany. From then till now we have been a hosting partner for more than 100 international projects in the sectors of online marketing, travel, tourism, hospitality, hotel management, marketing, education, hairdressing, beauty therapy and sports.

2005

We are inspected and accredited by the Instituto Cervantes and are one of the 60 schools in Spain with this accolade. The Instituto Cervantes checks every aspect of the teaching methods and the teachers qualifications. The inspection is repeated every 3 years.

2006

We begin organizing hotel internships for students.

2007

We are represented at the ICEF for the first time. This is a trade fair for language holiday agencies and language schools. We convince 12 agencies from all over the world to work with us. Frank Sellingsloh becomes co-owner of the company.

2008

we have our first Travel and Tourism project with students from FIlton College, Bristol, in the UK

2009

We start SEOintheSUN, a school for Online-Marketing. Over the years we’ve been training hundreds of participants in our digital marketing courses.

2011

We become members of the CHASE Network for international hospitality schools and receive students from all over Europe for hotel internships within the Leonardo da Vinci programme. We also have our first sports project with the Bristol Academy of Sports and receive a commendation for innovation from the EU Commission.

2013

We open our second language school on Tenerife in Costa Adeje and get off to a good start with two administrators, Annia and Denise, and 5 teachers.

2014

We start with “Spanish on Air” where we teach Spanish online through live sessions.

2015

We start our new brand “Coworking in the Sun” and offer 20 Coworking Spaces in our Academy.

2015 -2

Our school is now an accredited DELE and CCSE Test Center for official Spanish exams!  

2017

We become a SIELE test center for Spanish exams online.