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German Courses for the University Preparation Programme (VWU)

The Language Center is one of the cooperating partners of the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU) and offers German Courses within the Preparation Programme preparing students for their supplementary examination in German (EPD).

Prerequisites for participants in the VWU German courses

VWU-German courses are only open to prospective students who have been granted admission to one of the Vienna universities listed below and who yet have to prove proficiency in German to start their degree programme. Students must show their admission letter (“Zulassungsbescheid”) or approval of the university when registering for a VWU German course.  

Registering for a VWU German course is required in order to get admission at your university. After successfully registering for the preparation programme at your university in person, you will be considered as a non-degree programme student. Your university will allow you four semesters at most to take the VWU-courses and pass the EPD.

Depending on your knowledge of German, you will take one or more VWU German classes. Your level of German will be determined by a compulsory VWU placement test.

You successfully complete the VWU German courses and the Preparation Programme of your university by passing the supplementary examination in German (“Ergänzungsprüfung Deutsch – EPD”). Then you may start your degree programme.

 

General information on course registration

Course places are still available for the upcoming winter semester 2019/20.

Continuing students can still register after September 4. 

Preparing your stay

Please clarify questions on entry to and residence in Austria in due time (i.e. application, registration process, entry to Austria). Final responsibilities rest with the Austrian Authorities. The OeAD website (see Entry and Residence) provides helpful information.

Registration periods

Winter semester 2019

Book an appointment online: closed
Registration period: 19.08.2019 – 04.09.2019
Personal admission at the university: until 05.09.2019
  • Registration for continuing students of the Sprachenzentrum: 19.06.2019 – 25.06.2019 (no online appointment necessary)
  • Registration for continuing students after a failed EPD-exam (September date): until 02.10.2019 due to availability. We reserve some spots for Sprachenzentrum-students (first come, first served)

Summer semester 2020

Mandatory booking of online appointments: open from 07.01.2020
Registration period: 20.01.2020 – 04.02.2020
Personal admission at the university: until 05.02.2020
  • Registration for continuing students after a failed EPD-exam (January/February date): until 28.02.2020 due to availability. We reserve some spots for Sprachenzentrum-students (first come, first served)
  • Registration for continuing students with other subjects than German: 31.01.2020 (last course day) – 06.02.2020, no online appointment necessary

Fees

Academic year 2019/20

Course fee: EUR 1,230/copies included

Text books: approx. EUR 100 each semester
The purchase of an additional dictionary (book) is recommended.

If you are eligible for the reduced course fee (depending on nationality or asylum status) you need to register directly at VWU, Sechshauser Straße.

VWU placement

New students (admission to the university for the first time):

  • If you have prior knowledge of German, you must take the VWU placement test. The result defines the VWU course level your will attend during the semester. Beginners do not have to take a placement test – please let us know when you register for the course.
  • You will get an appointment for a placement test when you register for the course; this appointment is binding.
  • The placement test includes writing (60 minutes) and speaking (max. 10 minutes). Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Writing and Speaking will be tested.
  • Your placement result and class assignment will be sent by email three business days before the course starts.

 

Continuing students (students who have already taken VWU German classes):

  • Your course result is the placement for the next semester. It depends on your performance in writing (total results of all mid-term exams and/or the result of your written placement exam) and speaking (oral exam). It defines the VWU-course level you will attend in the next semester. Your teacher will inform you about your course result on the last course day of the semester.
  • Placement test: If you have attended a German course during the summer break, i.e. a Summer Intensive Course at the Language Center, you may register for a placement test for the winter semester. Please ask for an appointment when registering for the course. The result of the test will be binding, a change for the worse is possible.
  • There will be no placement test for continuing students after the February break; the course result (placement) of the previous course is valid.
  • Your placement result and class assignment will be sent by email three business days before the course starts.

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Steps to register

New students (students without student ID / without student ID number)

Winter semester 2019/20

Step 1:Book an appointment from 05.08.2019

Please make an online appointment for one of the registration days, once the link is activated.

Step 2:  Register in person between 19.08.2019 – 04.09.2019

On the day of your appointment please come to the Language Center to register and pay the course fee. The registration will approx. take 1 – 1.5 hours. You have to come in person to register for your course.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Admission letter of your university (“Zulassungsbescheid”)
  • Confirmation of the online appointment
  • Passport
  • Course fee: EUR 1,230/copies included

The total amount must be paid at registration.
We accept: cash, debit card (Maestro), credit card (Visa, Mastercard)

Please let us know which class time is convenient for you (1st choice, 2nd choice).
The class allocation is organized centrally and, unfortunately, not all preferences can be met. Changing the allocated class is not possible.

YOU WILL RECEIVE:

  • VWU course registration (to be presented at the admission’s office of your university)
  • Confirmation for health insurance (“Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse”)
  • Confirmation of registration for the placement test (only with prior German knowledge)

ATTENTION: Please note our Terms and Conditions concerning cancellation (see 4e).
The registration is binding. Cancelling the VWU German course is only possible with a certificate of exmatriculation or an admission as a degree program student until 18.09.2019. There will be no refunds after this date.

Step 3: Register in person at the university until 05.09.2019

With the confirmation of the VWU course registration you can register at the department of student affairs of your university. You will receive your student ID number.

Please pay the students’ union fee (ÖH fee)!

Step 4: Announce your student ID number to the Language Center; if applicable, take the placement test on 22.08., 28.08., or 06.09.2019

Your student ID number is essential for completing your registration for the VWU German course.

  • If you have prior knowledge of German:
    Please bring your student ID number (“Matrikelnummer”), shown on your student ID or student record sheet (“Studienblatt”), to the placement test (for your appointment see step 2).
  • If you do not have prior knowledge of German:
    Please announce your student ID number via e-mail (PDF, scan or photocopy) or in person until 05.09.2019.
     

Step 5: Receiving your course details until 27.09.2019 via e-mail

We will send an e-mail detailing your course level, class time, course location and required textbooks. Changing the allocated class is not possible.

Please buy the textbooks prior to the beginning of the course. They are available at our partner Facultas am Campus.

Step 6: Course starts on 03.10.2019

The course takes place in your allocated classroom. Please be there on time and have a good semester!

As of April 2019

 

 

Continuing students (with student ID / student ID number)

Winter semester 2019/20

Course places are still available for the upcoming winter semester 2019/20.

Continuing students can still register after September 4. (No online appointment necessary.)

Step 1: Book an appointment from 05.08.2019

Please make an online appointment for one of the registration days, once the link is activated.

Students, who have registered for the EPD in September: An extended registration deadline applies, no online appointment necessary.

Step 2: Register in person between 19.08.2019 – 04.09.2019

Please come to the Language Center to your appointment for the registration and pay the course fee. The registration will approx. take 1 – 1.5 hours.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Admission letter of your university (“Zulassungsbescheid”)
  • Confirmation of the online appointment
  • Student record sheet (“Studienblatt”) for the summer semester 2019
  • Passport
  • Course fee: EUR 1,230/copies included

The total amount must be paid at registration.
We accept: cash, debit card (Maestro), credit card (Visa, Mastercard)

Please let us know which class time is convenient for you (1st choice, 2nd choice).
The class allocation is organized centrally and unfortunately not all preferences can be met. Changing the allocated class is not possible.

YOU WILL RECEIVE:

  • VWU course registration

ATTENTION: Please see our Terms and Conditions concerning cancellation (see 4e).
The registration is binding. Cancelling the VWU German course is only possible with a certificate of exmatriculation or an admission as a degree program student until 18.09.2019. There will be no refunds after this date.

For students who change from a VWU cooperation partner to the Language Center: Your placement result (i.e. the course level you will attend in the next semester) will be forwarded to the Language Center by VWU, Sechshauser Straße.

Step 3: Paying the students’ union fee (ÖH fee)!

Your registration will be transmitted to the university, no personal appearance at the admission office is necessary. The process takes up to ten business days; the payment of your ÖH-fee will be possible subsequently. The procedure for paying the students’ union fee varies depending on your university. If you have any further questions please contact the department of student affairs of your university. 

University of Vienna: Paying the ÖH fee

Step 4:  Receiving your course details until 27.09.2019 via e-mail

We will send an e-mail detailing your course level, class time, course location and required textbooks. Changing the allocated class is not possible.

Your course level corresponds to your course result (placement for the next semester); it depends on your performance in writing (total results of all mid-term exams and/or the result of your written placement exam) and speaking (oral exam).

Please buy the textbooks prior to the beginning of the course. They are available at our partner Facultas am Campus.

Step 5: Course starts on 03.10.2019

The course takes place in your allocated classroom. Please be there on time and have a good semester!

 

As of April 2019

Students with other subjects than German: Additional registration information

You belong to this group of students, if you need to prove German and one or several other subjects (English, Mathematics, Geography, History, Chemistry, Biology, Physics) for a regular degree program. These subjects are named on your admission letter. Those courses are taught solely at VWU, Sechshauser Straße. To attend courses of other subjects than German you must prove an advanced level of German knowledge (VWU levels FG or WF).

Continuing students (Students who have already taken VWU-German classes)

-> You will receive your course result (placement for the next semester) from your teacher on the last day of your course.

  • Course result (the course level you will attend in the next semester) FG or WF: If you would like to change to VWU, Sechshauser Straße, please register there directly. We provide a written confirmation three business days after your course ends at our main office during opening hours.
  • Course result (course level your will attend in the next semester) AN, AV, EV:
    Registration for the winter semester: Please follow our Steps to register – Continuing students.
    Registration for the summer semester: A different registration period applies for you. We will send an e-mail with information for your next registration at the end of the semester.

New students (students admitted to university for the first time):

  • Placement result FG or WF: If you prove advanced knowledge in German, we send an e-mail 2- 3 business days after your placement test. For your registration at VWU, Sechshauser Straße, we provide a written confirmation at our main office during opening hours.
  • Placement result AN, AV, EV: We send an e-mail regarding your class information three business days before the course starts.

Negative EPD results: Additional registration information

Continuing students (Students who have already taken VWU-German classes)

Please register immediately after you have received your negative EPD results. An extended registration period applies for you. We will send an e-mail with information for your next registration at the end of the semester. Due to not-correlating exam and cancellation dates (see point 4.e Terms and Conditions of Business), we do not recommend registering for the next VWU German course beforehand in order to secure a place.

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Course details

Course dates, holidays

Winter semester 2019

Course starts: 03.10.2019
Course ends: 31.01.2020

Holidays:

11.10.2019
01.11.2019
21.12.2019 – 06.01.2020 (Christmas holidays)

Summer semester 2020

Course starts: 02.03.2020
Course ends: 26.06.2020

Holidays:

04.04. – 14.04.2020 (Easter holidays)
01.05.2020
21.05.2020
01.06.2020
11.06.2020

 

Class time

Daily lessons (Monday – Friday) for 3 hours and 40 minutes (20 minutes break incl.)

You will receive an e-mail regarding your course schedule three business days before course start. Let us know your preferred class time when you register for a course. The class allocation is organized centrally and unfortunately not all preferences can be met. Changing the allocated class is not possible.

Morning (V):

class time between 8:00 and 13:00

Noon (M):

class time between 11:00 and 17:00

Afternoon (N):

class time between 14:00 and 20:00

VWU course levels

Basic levels
AN – Beginners with no prior knowledge of German
AV – Beginners with little knowledge of German
EV – Students with extended knowledge of German

Courses preparing for the EPD-exam
FG – Students with advanced knowledge of German
WF – Students with further advanced knowledge of German

The five VWU course levels are overlapping – in almost every course level you will repeat and enhance some parts of the preceding level. You do not need to attend each level. Most students need three semesters from level AN (beginners with no prior knowledge of German) to successfully passing the EPD. Your university will allow you four semesters at most to complete the VWU German courses. The EPD exam, taken at VWU, Sechshauser Straße, must be passed to become a degree programme student.

VWU course levels do not refer to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The result of the VWU-placement test determines your course level.

Figure: Overlapping course levels
Figure: Course system and the path to EPD

Books

Authentic material as well as text books are used: Please find the books for the VWU-courses listed below and note that different books are used in the winter and the summer semester.

The purchase of a dictionary (book) is recommended. For further details, please ask your teacher.

VWU course levels do not refer to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), even if the books used show these CEFR-levels.

 

Books in Winter semester 2019/2020:

  • AN: Panorama A1/1, A1/2, A2/1, A2/2
  • AV: Panorama A2/1, A2/2, B1/1
  • EV: Panorama A2/2, B1/1, B1/2
  • FG: Aspekte Neu B1+, B2/1, B2/2
  • WF: Aspekte Neu B2/1, B2/2, C1/1, C1/2


Books in Summer semester 2020:

  • AN: Motive A1, A2
  • AV: Motive A2, B1
  • EV: Motive A2, B1
  • FG: Sicher B1+, B2/1, B2/2
  • WF: Sicher B2/1, B2/2, C1/1, C1/2

The textbooks are available at Facultas am Campus, Campus court 1.5.4.

 

 

 

Class rules at the Language Center

Students of the VWU German courses must accept the class rules (English Version on Page 2) at the Language Center.

Attendance, exams, course results

  • Attendance:

A minimum of 70 % course attendance is required for receiving a confirmation of attendance. To fulfill this requirement, you must not be absent more than 96 teaching units or 21 course days. If you are late, whole teaching units will be counted as missing.
1 teaching unit = 45 minutes

You may only take the 3rd mid-term test if your attendance shows a minimum of 70 % up to a given date in the semester. You will receive further details at the beginning of your course.

  • Exams:

All exam dates will be provided on the first day of your course, additionally, we will send them to you via e-mail. Your class time may vary on exam days.

There are three written exams (mid-term tests) each semester. You may only take the 3rd mid-term test if your attendance shows a minimum of 70 % up to a given date in the semester. You will receive all relevant dates at the beginning of your course. If you pass the mid-term exams, you do not need to take the written placement exam at the end of the course. So even if you fail the mid-term exams, the result of the written placement exam will allow you to obtain a written result.

There will be a compulsory oral exam at the end of the semester in order to advance to a higher course level.

  • Absence at the exam

If you do not take the exams as explained above, you will have to repeat the same course level in the following semester.

If you are absent on the day of a mid-term exam, your test will be marked as failed (5). It is not possible to repeat an exam nor will there be an alternative date set.

  • Course result (placement for the next semester)

Your course result includes your performance in writing (total results of all mid-term exams and/or your written placement exam) and speaking (oral exam). It names the VWU course level which you will attend in the next semester. Your teacher will tell you your placement result on the last course day of the semester.

 

Confirmations

A confirmation of attendance (needed for MA 35) will be provided at the main office of the Language Center three business days after your course ends. It certifies either a successful participation, an unsuccessful participation in spite of regular attendance or an unsuccessful participation.

A certificate (with grades) for an attended VWU German course is not available. Upon passing the EPD you will receive your EPD-certificate at VWU, Sechshauser Straße. After having passed the EPD-exam, the Preparation Programme will be completed and you may start your degree programme.

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Entry into your degree programme

Details on the EPD (supplementary examination in German)

Continuing students (Students who have already taken VWU-German classes)

After passing the EPD, you must register as a degree programme student at the university. Attending another VWU German course will not be possible anymore.

The EPD is held at VWU, Sechshauser Straße, where you will receive further details about registration, fees and certificates. If you attend the courses FG or WF, you will receive details about the exam date at the end of your course from the Language Center. Please note that it is your own responsibility to register for the EPD.

If you do not register for the EPD or do not pass the EPD, you will have to register for another VWU German course in order to keep your status as a student of the university. Please register immediately after you have received your negative EPD results. The cancellation terms keep valid (see 4.e), however, an extended registration period applies. We will send further information by e-mail at the end of the semester.

There are additional exam dates for the EPD. These, however, do not correlate with the course dates at the Language Center.

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You have not registered for the Preparation Programme at your university yet?

You can take regular German courses at the Language Center. Some of the Vienna universities accept the Language Center’s course certificates when registering at the university for the first time. For other German courses please click here: German courses