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Erasmus and Other Mobility Programs

After taking a (non-compulsory) placement test, you can attend a general or specialized language course. Please consider that only successful completion of the third phase of each CEFR level (B1/3, B2/3 oder C1/3) is accepted as proof of language competency on that level.

Please also use our offer of Erasmus Outgoing courses, which expressly address students planning to participate in a semester-long or year-long Erasmus exchange program abroad.

The required language competency level is established by each host university (minimum B1). Please send a direct inquiry to your host university regarding its language competency requirements. Should your host university not have any specific requirements, CEFR level B1 in the local language is required, at a minimum.

See International Office of the University of Vienna

You can use the descriptors included in the checklists of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) both for self-assessment and as a learning guide.
Additionally, the Language Center offers free-of-charge, non-binding counseling interviews for optimum course selection. Such counseling interviews do not supplant language competency examinations, nor are any certificates or confirmations issued.

See Course Levels & Placement

The EUR 30* refund after receipt of the letter of nomination from the OeAD database. The refund will be paid out at the Office of the Language Center. Please bring identification.

Refund period in the first semester: November 15 - December 20
Refund period in the second semester: May 15 - June 30

*EUR 60 refund for recipients of study grants, subject to production of the letter of nomination

Erasmus preparation courses specifically address students who plan to participate in semester- or year-long Erasmus exchange programs in foreign countries. However, Erasmus nomination is not a requirement for participation in these courses, which are also adequate as preparation for non-mobility program stays abroad.

These courses include important information and advice for everyday life in the university environment, alongside academic, formal and social requirements and challenges which outgoing students can expect being confronted with.

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Students participating in certain mobility programs can receive discounts on German intensive and German trimester course fees, as well as on foreign language course fees, by submitting a letter of confirmation issued by the International Office of the University of Vienna.

Detailed information is available here.

Yes. The September and February intensive German courses are geared towards preparing you for the exchange semester/year starting in October, respectively in March. Students participating in certain mobility programs of the University of Vienna benefit from special conditions when registering for these courses.

Detailed information is available on the website of the International Office of the University of Vienna.

We offer every semester a special course for (incoming) exchange students of the University of Vienna who acquired knowledge of the German language prior to participating in the exchange program - specifically, for those who have reached the CEFR level A2. This course is held once a week (3 teaching units, 2 ECTS points) and is less intensive than the trimester courses. The course content includes study-relevant tasks and skills (comprehension of lectures and scientific texts, delivering presentations, interaction with lecturers, etc.).

Updated information and our course offer are available on our website, at Language & University, as well as on the website of the International Office of the University of Vienna.

Students participating in certain mobility programs of the University of Vienna who complete a September or February intensive German course in preparation for studies at the University of Vienna are granted a fee refund, subject to passing-grade completion of the course. The refund amounts to the full course fee, minus an out-of-pocket share of € 100.

Details are available at International Office of the University of Vienna.

Students of other Austrian/Viennese universities who participate in certain mobility programs can receive discounts on German intensive and German trimester course fees, as well as on foreign language course fees.

Detailed information is available here.