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German for University Studies

Please address your inquiries regarding admission directly to the university of your choice.

Studying at the University of Vienna

Please address your inquiries regarding admission requirements directly to the university of your choice.

Studying at the University of Vienna / Knowledge of german

No, attendance of a German course does not grant student status. Therefore, you cannot receive a student's ID, neither can you benefit from the associated students' discounts.

Registration for a German course does not grant you student status. Please address all your inquiries regarding the granting of visas directly to the Austrian embassy in your country of origin/residence.

There is no general answer to that question, as there are numerous factors involved - among others, your first language, your previous knowledge of the target language, further languages spoken, course intensity, the amount of time you have available, etc.

As a rule, it is not easy to go from beginner level to academic level within a short span of time. Most learners need a minimum of 1,5-2 years.

You can consult our course overview table to find out how many course phases a course (track) includes and thus work out how much time it would take you to reach your language proficiency objective.

The University Preparation Program is an institution providing university preparation courses for non-EU, respectively non-EEA students. Its role is to prepare future students for the supplementary examinations they will need to take in order for their high-school graduation certificates to be recognized as equivalent to the Austrian one.
There are supplementary examinations in German, English, mathematics, history, biology, physics and chemistry.

For further information, please contact OeAD (Österreichischer Auslandstudentendienst):
7 Ebendorferstraße, 1010 Vienna, tel.: +43 1 534 08-0

See VWU

You can register for a VWU German course at the Language Center as soon as you are in possession of a letter of admission issued by your university.

Should you be required to take other supplementary examinations besides German, please contact VWU (33A Sechshauser Straße, 1150 Vienna, tel.: +43 1 319 99 91, email: vwu@vwu.at) directly.

VWU German Courses at Language Center

  • Which German course do I need to attend?
    Non-degree program students are required to attend an VWU German Course.
  • How do I receive my confirmation of registration and my student's ID?
    Please follow the steps to register to our VWU German Course.
  • How can I get an extension to 5 semesters?
    You can only apply for an extension of the period within which you have to prove adequate proficiency in German directly with VWU (33A Sechshauser Straße, 1150 Vienna, tel.: +43 1 319 99 91, email: vwusymbolvwupunktat).