About Ute

I’m Ute Limacher-Riebold PhD, owner of Ute’s International Lounge and founder of this Academy.


I have a PhD in Romance Philology (find my thesis here), and worked as Assistent Professor in Italian Historical Linguistics at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Zürich.

Furthermore I am a trained coach and counsellor, and speech and language specialist and an intercultural communication expert. 

I have founded Ute’s International Lounge in 2014 to support international families embrace the various phases of international life by understanding the local culture and language, and learning how to communicate effectively in cross-cultural settings.

You can find more information about my background on my LinkedIn profile – or you can just ask me directly (by sending me an email at AcademyUIL@gmail.com or info@UtesInternationalLounge.com).

My Objective

My objective with my courses and workshops in this Academy is to combine research findings with personal experience and insights, bridge between research and practice, and make knowledge accessible to everyone.
For the moment, the courses are in English, but I might offer some of them in German, Italian, French and Dutch at some point (not before 2023).

I invite internationals find their very personal answers to many questions, that allow them to embrace their life abroad with confidence. 

As a life-long international myself, I know about the many hurdles and advantages of growing up abroad and cross-culturally, and after helping hundreds of families through consultations and in person workshops and trainings, and after raising my own 3 children cross-culturally and with multiple languages, I decided to share my knowledge and insight in courses that one can follow at her/his own pace, and workshops that take place live  (online and some in person in my office near Leiden/ The Netherlands).

My aim for internationals is to embrace the other cultures and languages, find out how to maintain and foster their home languages and cultures, whilst learning new ones, and enjoy and embrace the journey.

All courses and workshops offered on this platform have been “bulletproofed”, i.e. I have held them many times “in person” and partly online, before translating them into the course-format. 


I hope you enjoy my courses, and if you have any suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact me directly.


Kind regards,

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