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Course Registration & Deregistration

Courses in more than 30 languages are available at the Language Center, as are specialized language courses, standard test preparation courses, special courses and various standardized tests. Please visit Course Calendar for a comprehensive overview of the the range of services we offer.

If you are not sure what course level to register for, you can take a free-of-charge placement test for many of the foreign languages we offer. Please find the relevant placement test dates on our website (Course Levels & Placement). If no placement tests are offered for the language of your choice, you can self-assess your level by means of our checklists.
If you are attending a German course at the Language Center for the first time and do not hold a Goethe Institute or ÖSD certificate, you are going to sit a placement test as part of your registration process.

Free-of-charge placement tests are offered in many languages from the beginning of the registration period. Additionally, you can find the course level descriptions for a self-assessment of your level at Course Levels & Placement.

Detailed course information (course levels, course schedules, information on lecturers) is available on our website as from the beginning of the relevant registration period. Information on the start of the registration period is available at Course Calendar.

You can only sign up for courses after the beginning of the registration period. Information on the start of the registration period is available at Course Calendar.

There is a registration deadline for foreign language courses. The exact deadlines are available at Course Calendar. Signing up for courses after the registration period has run out is possible, but only subject to course place availability.

Registration for German courses is possible as long as course places are available. We strongly recommend that you sign up for the course of your choice soon after the start of the registration period.

Foreign language courses, as well as A1/1 German courses, can be booked online from the beginning of the registration period.

Should you have previously attended a German course at the Language Center and received a passing-grade certificate, you can register for the next course level online by using your user login data.

If you are joining a German course at the Language Center for the first time and have previous knowledge of the German Language, you can only register directly at our Office.

Please come to our Office once the registration period has begun, bring the confirmation of cost coverage and, as the case may be, settle the outstanding balance to the full course fee amount.

The vast majority of our courses take place as planned. Should we - against all odds - have to cancel a course, we shall notifiy you before course kick-off and inform you regarding alternatives.

  • What happens if the course does not take place?
    Courses which cannot take place due to low registration numbers shall be cancelled after the end of the official registration period. You will be notified by email regarding the cancellation, as well as alternatives available. Any course fees you may have already paid shall be refunded in full.
  • When do I receive reliable confirmation that the course is taking place?
    We always assume that courses take place as planned. You shall only be sent an email notification in case your course needs to be curtailed or canceled due to low registration numbers.
  • How do course contailments work?
    Foreign language courses for which fewer than 10 participants have signed up shall be curtailed by one course day. The reference date for the curtailment is the second course day.
  • How do reimbursements work?
    Should a course be cancelled by the Language Center, the full course fee will be refunded. Reimbursement can be done in cash at our Office, or by bank transfer to your account. Should you have paid your course fees by credit card, please consider that the transaction can last up to three weeks. It is only after your fees have reached our bank account that reimbursement can be carried out.

You can enter your name on the waiting list online or have it added to the waiting list at the Office. We will be happy to notify you in case a course place should become available.

Having your name on the waiting list does not correspond to a registration.
You will be contacted by the Language Center only in the event that a place has become available on the course you chose. It is not necessary for people on the waiting list to pay the course fees, nor does such payment entitle a person on the waiting list to participation in a course

The course may have been canceled due to low registration numbers. Alternatively, it may have been removed from the online list due to overbooking.

Should you wish to register for a follow-up course, it is advisable to do so from the very start of the registration period, even if you have not earned your course certificate yet. In case you fail the final examination, please come to the Office at the end of your course. We will do our best to find a proper solution.

Beginners with no prior knowledge of German, as well as individuals attending follow-up courses, can register online once the registration period has started.

Participants with previous knowledge of German who wish to attend a German course at the Language Center for the first time will have to take a placement test.

Online registration is always possible for foreign language courses.

Please inquire about visa requirements at the Austrian embassy in your country of origin/residence.

Please inquire about document requirements at the Austrian embassy in your country of origin/residence.

Upon request you receive a confirmation of registration for the embassy once the full amount of your course fee has reached our account, or after cash payment at our Office.

Subsequent deregistration from the course is only possible upon presentation of written proof of visa denial, no later than three days prior to course commencement.

The Language Center offers accommodation in student dormitories exclusively for the duration of German intensive courses in July, August and September. Subject to availability, you can book a single room or a (place in a) double room. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to offer accommodation to participants in German semester or trimester courses, nor for participants in foreign language courses.

Das Sprachenzentrum bietet Unterkunft in einem Studentenheim nur für die Dauer eines Deutsch-Intensivkurses während der Monate Juli, August und September an. Sie können ein Einzelzimmer oder ein Doppelzimmer - nach Maßgabe der vorhandenen Plätze - wählen. Für TeilnehmerInnen von Deutsch-Semester- oder Deutsch-Trimesterkursen bzw. von Fremdsprachenkursen bieten wir leider keine Unterkunft an.

  • Are there student dormitories on the campus?
    There are no student dormitories directly on the Vienna University Campus; however, the dormitories are located in close proximity - either within walking distance, or easily reachable by public transport.
  • Who can help me find a room/apartment?
    You will find a selection of convenient student dormitories, hostels, hotels and apartments not far from the Campus here.

You receive an automatically-generated email as soon as your online registration has been entered into our system. It includes the personal information you put in and the course information.

Your payment shall either be acknowledged in your confirmation of registration, or confirmed by email.

A confirmation of registration can only be issued after full payment of your course fee. Our Office staff will be happy to issue one.

A confirmation of registration can only be issued after full payment of your course fee. Our Office staff will be happy to issue one.

Please contact our Office for letters of confirmation of course commencement, of payment, of participation, etc.

For any and all information pertaining to the granting/extension of visas, please contact the Austrian embassy in your country of origin/residence, or MA 35 [Municipal Department 35] in Vienna. A confirmation of registration can only be issued subsequent to full payment of your course fees.

Please be advised that registration in one of our language courses does not confer student status.

A confirmation of attendance can be issued at the end of the course, subject to a minimum attendance rate of 75%. The confirmation includes the participant's name, the language, the course level and phase, the course number (code), when the course took place and the total number of teaching units it included.

Course fees vary, depending on duration and intensity (number of teaching units). Please find exact cost information in the description of each course.

We offer several discounts on our course fees. Detailed information is available at Grants & Discounts.

  • What documents do I need to submit, in order to benefit from a discount?
    The documents to be submitted for each type of discount are listed in our discount guidelines.
  • I am not yet in possession of the documents required for a discount.
    In this case, you will have to pay the full amount of the course fee. However, you will receive a refund if and when you submit the relevant document(s).

With regard to any financial support, please contact AMS and/or waff (Wiener ArbeitnehmerInnen Förderungsfonds).

A quotation [Kostenvoranschlag] can be issued at our Office.

Please be adviced to inquire all documents needed to receive financial support by other institions well before the registration period has started.

The Language Center awards several grants every year for the German intensive course in September. These grants cover the course fees and the costs of accommodation in double rooms in students' dormitories.

Please send your request for application documents to sprachenzentrumsymbolunivie.acpunktat from January, for a grant in September of the same year.

Unfortunately, the educational vouchers from Arbeiterkammer cannot be used at the Language Center.

Course fees can be paid in cash, with debit (MAESTRO) or credit card (VISA, MASTERCARD) at our Office.

Should you sign up online the payment can be done by EPS or credit card (VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX).

The course fees must be paid in full upon registration.

We will be happy to issue confirmation of payment upon request: original (hard copy) bill (signed and stamped) at our Office, or as a pdf document, should you request it by email.

Please submit your employer's confirmation of cost coverage upon registration at our Office. The invoice will be sent to your employer. Unfortunately, online registration is not possible in this case.

Please submit your university's confirmation of cost coverage upon registration at our Office. The invoice will be sent to your university. Unfortunately, online registration is not possible in this case.

It is only possible to upload one single document for each registration; any further documents must be submitted to sprachenzentrumsymbolunivie.acpunktat by email.
Should errors occur during upload, please make sure that the document name contains no special characters (e.g.: ß, ä, %).

In order to secure a place in the course, please pay the full course fee upon registration. You will be reimbursed for the amount of the discount upon submission of the relevant documents (e.g. the current semester sticker).

You can deregister directly at our Office, or in writing (by email) up to 3 working days prior to course commencement. Cancelations only become effective through the Language Center's acknowledgment.

Detailed cancelation conditions are available at General Terms and Conditions.

You can choose between reimbursement in cash at our Office, or reimbursement by bank transfer, for which you will be required to disclose your bank account details. Should you have paid your course fee by credit card, reimbursement can take as long as 3 weeks.

Unfortunately, free-of-charge deregistration is no longer possible after course commencement.

Please specify whether you wish to deregister both from the course, and from the accommodation, or just from the accommodation, and continue attending the German course. In order to become valid, any cancelation needs to be acknowledged by the Language Center.

Detailed information regarding cancelation conditions and deadlines is available at General Terms and Conditions.

Please consult your teacher first and contact our office if a course change is recommended. Moving to another course is possible, subject to availability of course places.

Please contact our Office. Moving to another course is possible, subject to availability of course places.

Deregistration (free-of-charge cancelation) is possible up to 3 working days prior to course commencement.

Please contact our Office. We will be happy to seek a convenient solution.

In exceptional cases, courses may have to be canceled or shortened due to low registration numbers. We will notify you by email and seek the best solution available (move to another course/reimbursement).

Courses which cannot take place due to low registration numbers shall be cancelled after the end of the official registration period. You will be notified by email regarding the cancellation, as well as alternatives available. Any course fees you may have already paid shall be refunded in full.

We always assume that courses take place as planned. You shall only be sent an email notification in case your course needs to be curtailed or canceled due to low registration numbers.

Foreign language courses for which fewer than 10 participants have signed up shall be curtailed by one course day. The reference date for the curtailment is the second course day.

Should a course be cancelled by the Language Center, the full course fee will be refunded. Reimbursement can be done in cash at our Office, or by bank transfer to your account. Should you have paid your course fees by credit card, please consider that the transaction can last up to three weeks. It is only after your fees have reached our bank account that reimbursement can be carried out.

Should organizational factors make changes necessary, you will be informed by email.