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to the German Courses of the University of Vienna!

The German courses of the University of Vienna are available to all learners above the age of 16.

There are no formal requirements (e.g. high-school graduation diploma, enrollment certificate from a tertiary education institution, etc.) for participation in a language course at the Language Center of the University of Vienna.

Numerous participants take German courses in preparation for programs of study at Austrian universities; others attend summer courses and subsequently decide to stay on and study in Vienna.

Should you have received admission to one of Vienna's universities already and be obliged to pass the supplementary examination in German (EPD), you are very welcome to join our German courses for the University Preparation Programme (VWU).

Courses and Program for Learning German

The program includes a wide range of courses with different intensity and duration throughout the year:

NEW: Online Courses as of April 2020

Courses at the Language Center of the University of Vienna are structured in eleven different course phases (from A1 to C2, in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR), which assures international comparability.

Alongside standard language courses, specialized courses – such as phonetics or grammar coaching – are also offered at our premises on the University campus, as well as one-on-one instruction.

Furthermore, the Language Center is a certified examination center for the Austrian Language Certificate ÖSD [Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch].


Our high-quality instruction guarantees optimum learning success by means of state-of-the-art language teaching methods, anchored in the latest scientific standards, teambuilding and customer orientation.

Round eighty dedicated lecturers with well-grounded, expert education and extensive teaching experience accompany our participants along their learning process. Communicative, learner-orientated teaching methods smooth the way towards maximum learning progress. Moreover, the multicultural atmosphere facilitates not only language learning, but also building and cementing friendships with people from all over the world.

Please find information on registration dates in our course calendar.

Comprehensive placement tests carried out prior to course commencement ensure participants’ enrollment in the appropriate course levels. These placement tests are compulsory for new participants.

Placement tests are carried out when registration for the respective course starts. You can take the test during our office hours (latest possible start one hour before our office closes, no appointment necessary). Placement tests for the summer intensive courses are carried out on the first day of the course only.

The tests last approximately 30 minutes and consist of an oral and a written part. You can register for the appropriate course level after the placement test.

No placement test is required for

  • beginner students at the A1/1 level
  • participants who have previously attended German courses at the Language Center
  • participants who can produce an ÖSD or Goethe certificate.

Please find information on tuition fees in our course calendar.

Examination fees are included in the tuition fees.
Textbooks, which are not included in the tuition fees,  are available at the bookstore Facultas on the campus.

Please find information on discounts here.