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German Courses in Summer

We offer 4-week intensive courses in July and August, and a 3-week course in September. These can be booked either with, or without accommodation (single or double-bed rooms). The lectures are held in the morning and each course covers a course phase. We offer a total of 11 different course phases, all of which correspond to the language proficiency levels set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

You can sign up for both types of courses (summer courses with or without accommodation) either online, or at our Office.

See our Summer Courses

Everyone over the age of 16 can attend our language courses.

Registration can be carried out either online, or in person, at our Office.

Yes, certainly. Please just sign-up for each course seperately.

If you would also like to book accommodation, we automatically reserve additional nights (between Saturdays and Sundays). The price will be stated on your enrollment confirmation, the payment can be conducted as soon as you have arrived in Vienna.

Yes, though we recommend a minimum attendance of two weeks. Please consider the requirements for the issuance of certificates and/or confirmations of attendance!

The registration period for the summer courses starts at the end of January and ends shortly before summer course commencement.

Your course level will be determined by placement test on the first course day.

You do not have to take a placement test if you have recently attended a course at the Language Center, or are in posession of a Goethe/ÖSD-certificate. The course allocation also takes place on the first day of the course. Please just come to our Office with your certificate.

Course allocation is carried out on the first course day, after the placement test. You will be notified of your classroom number by email, on the same evening.

You do not have to take a placement test if you have recently attended a course at the Language Center, or are in posession of a Goethe/ÖSD-certificate. The course allocation also takes place on the first day of the course. Please just come to our Office with your certificate.

On the first course day (= the Monday of the first course week).

Accommodation is in centrally-located students' dormitories. Depending on room category (single or double room), costs range between € 390 and € 565 (additionally to course fees) in 2019.

All students' dormitories are conveniently located, so that the Language Center, which is on the University Campus, can be easily reached either on foot, or by public transport.

You will be sent the exact address of your students' dormitory as a pdf document, along with your course registration confirmation. You can peruse our room offer from February on our website.

Accommodation is in apartments: two to four rooms share the same shower and toilet. Every apartment has its own kitchenette; alternatively, there is a common kitchen on every floor. While you will have to provide your own pots, crockery, cutlery and kitchen towels, bed linen is provided. Access to washing machines is available in all students' dormitories for a small fee. All dormitories offer internet access via LAN; WLAN is unfortunately not always included. You will receive detailed information directly at your dormitory upon check-in.

If you attend two, or all three summer German courses, we are going to book your interim (Saturday/Sunday) nights automatically. The price will be itemised on your course registration and charged upon your arrival in Vienna. If you only book one summer course though, supplementary stays are not possible.

Arrival at students' dormitories is only possible during check-in times.

Students' dormitories are no hotels and thus have no reception.

Should you arrive outside the check-in times, please book the services of ihouse.

You are welcome to specify wishes with your registration; we will be happy to book you into a specific students' dormitory, subject to availability.

Please make sure you express your preferences with your registration, as subsequent requests will not be considered.

The accommodation we offer is in students' dormitories, which are occupied by students of Vienna universities thoughout the academic year (October through June). During the summer months, we can profit from the availability of accommodation and offer rooms to participants in our summer intensive courses.

You can check into your students' dormitory on every Sunday preceding course commencement, at the times specified on your course registration.

NB: Rooms cannot be accessed outside the specified times, since students' dormitories have no reception.

Some students' dormitories insist on a security deposit for the key. This deposit does not exceed € 100, but must be posted upon check-in. Please have this amouont available. Payment is only possible in cash; no credit card payment is accepted.

Check-out is set for the morning of the Saturday following the end of the course. Detailed information regarding check-out will be provided upon your arrival at the students' dormitory.

Along with your confirmation of registration, we will send you a pdf document including the route from Vienna International Airport, respectively from major train stations, to your dormitory, as well as the route from the dormitory to the Language Center on the University Campus.

Along with your confirmation of registration, we will send you a pdf document including the route from Vienna International Airport, respectively from major train stations, to your dormitory, as well as the route from the dormitory to the Language Center on the University Campus.

Unfortunately, students' dormitories do not offer parking facilicites.

We offer: excursions (e.g. to Heiligenkreuz and to Melk, by bus; themed walks to different highlights of Vienna; hikes in the Vienna Woods), afternoon films (especially Austrian films, or films featuring special Austrian references), specialized courses (phonetics/pronunciation, grammar, conversation, writing skills, Business German), Viennese Waltz course, choir, etc.

See Afternoon Program

Some of them, yes: depending on their duration, excursions (trips, themed walks) range between € 7 and 69; specialized courses cost € 45.

Lectures, afternoon films, choir practice, some guided walks and hikes are free of charge.

No registration is required for lectures and afternoon films. Registration at our Office is necessary for all other afternoon activities.

The afternoon activity program will be finalized by course commencement. You will be handed a special brochure with detailed information at the beginning of your course.

The participants in the German courses come from around 90 different countries (especially from Spain, Italy, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Japan and the US). The minimum age is 16, while most participants' age ranges between 18 and 25. Since there are no other prerequisites for participation, our courses are also poplular with non-students, elder people and retirees.

The International Office of the University of Vienna estimates monthly expenditure (2015) for students in Austria as follows:
Food: € 240
Public transport: € 30-50
Study materials, items of personal use, books, culture, entertainment: € 290

These figures represent average expenditure. Actual expenditure can deviate considerably from the estimations above, depending on personal needs.

The information brochure you will be handed at the beginning of your course includes tips on cafeterias, restaurants and leisure time.

Further useful information is available at www.wien.info and www.wien.gv.at

You receive access to the University of Vienna WLAN network (eduroam) by means of a voucher which you will be handed at our Office and which includes your user ID and password.

Vienna has a very good public transport network. Coming by car is therefore not recommended, especially since free-of-charge parking is very scarce and you would have to consider supplementary parking expenses (garages, toll parking, etc.).

  • Where can I park?
    You can park in marked toll-parking zones or in underground garages. Please consider that toll parking is limited in time. Free-of-charge parking is scarce in Vienna.
  • What are the parking fees?
    Parking fees depend on parking duration. Fees for toll parking are available at Parking in Vienna. As a rule, undergroound garages are very expensive (tarifs at  Apcoa).