Today, internationally operating companies can be found anywhere. Erlangen, a city of roughly 107,000 inhabitants in the Franconian region of Bavaria, is no exception. In fact, in 2014, the patent applications here were higher than anywhere else in the country. According to business magazine Wirtschaftswoche, this makes Erlangen the third most liveable city in Germany. Ideal conditions then for Erlangen-based Franconian International School (FIS). Since starting out in 1998 with merely 25 pupils, the school has established an excellent reputation worldwide. Today, it counts 90 international teachers and more than 600 pupils.“The school’s official language is English,”says Bettina Wiegel, administrative assistant for events and communication.