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Berlitz International

Berlitz International Franchise

Berlitz Corporation is an education and leadership training company with close to 600 locations in 70 countries across the world. Programs offered through Berlitz Corporation include: language instruction, business skills, international leadership training, intercultural training, language testing services, and classes designed specifically for adolescents. The number of Languages that Berlitz Corporation offers is massive. Around the world, courses are taught in English, French, Mandarin, German, Spanish, Japanese, Hindi, Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Indonesian, Dutch, Persian, Hebrew, Polish, Thai, Serbian, Czech, Danish, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Finnish, Croatian, Swedish, and Vietnamese. This list is not exhaustive, however, and not all languages are taught in each location.

Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$150,000 - $300,000
Franchise fee
Units in operation


Although the company owns the vast majority of Berlitz units, franchisees do hold 22% of the units. Franchise locations require an average of one full time and one part time employees. People who already own an independent language school can still buy into the Berlitz Corporation franchise and convert to the famous style of teaching.

Berlitz Corporation Franchise Opportunities - History

Berlitz Corporation was started by Maximilian D. Berlitz in 1878. Though the program has been renown for over a century, the company did not begin franchising until 1996. Currently, company headquarters can be found in both Tokyo, Japan and Princeton, New Jersey.

Berlitz Corporation Franchise Cost / Initial Investment / Berlitz

Corporation Franchise Income

Berlitz Corporation has an average franchisee fee of about $40,000, although the total initial investment costs between $150,000 and $300,000. Franchisees are charged a 10% ongoing royalty fee on all sales, as well as an additional 2% to be applied toward advertising fees.

Berlitz Corporation Business Opportunities: Other Information

Maximilian Berlitz was a language professor of French and German. Berlitz hired an assistant, Nicholas Joly, to teach French. The problem was that Joly spoke almost no English. Therefore, he taught his French students almost entirely in French. His students ended up loving this immersion program of sorts and Berlitz adopted the teaching method into his own classes, creating a new way of instructing foreign languages.


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