Header Bild

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).

Winter semester 2021: online or offline courses

In the winter semester 2021, the preparatory “German courses for the VWU” are also available as online courses. In this way, we want to enable our students to study German despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Lessons will take place in virtual Zoom classrooms; otherwise everything is similar to a regular on-site course.

If you have to stay in your home country due to COVID-19, you can take advantage of your time in the best possible way.

  • To participate in our online courses you need a stable internet connection (10 MBit/s Download, 5 MBit/s Upload. If you are unsure of the internet speed at your specific location, please check your connection here: https://www.speedtest.net). 
  • You will need a device with a microphone, speakers/headphones, a webcam and an (external) keyboard so that you can also perform your written tasks in the best possible way. You will work with word documents and other word-processing programs.
  • As virtual classroom, we use the external provider Zoom.
  • Special hygienic measures apply at all locations of the Language Center and in our classrooms to ensure healthy environment and comfort. 
  • This course is planned as an offline course on our premises on/near campus. However, please note that in case the government enforces another covid-19-related shutdown, we will have to switch this course to an online course.

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

The Sprachenzentrum prepares students for the supplementary examination in German (Ergänzungsprüfung Deutsch – EPD). Correct and complex language proficiency is needed to pass this exam. The course levels FG or WF focus on these aspects.

Please note: Subject to change if the current precautions concerning COVID-19 have to be maintained.

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 2021/22

Online pre-registration: open from 06.08.2021
Registration period: 20.08.2021 – 03.09.2021
Personal admission at the university:

until 06.09.2021

Summer semester 2022

Online pre-registration: open from 10.01.2022
Registration period: 17.01.2022 – 04.02.2022
Personal admission at the university:

until 07.02.2022

Students with additional subjects and students participating in the EPD have their own deadlines (see registration information).


Academic year 2021/22

Course fee: EUR 1,260 (including costs for additional material)

Text books: approx. EUR 100 each semester

Class reading material: approx. EUR 15 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.
  • 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 e-mail shortly 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 is the result of your performance in the exams you take during the semester. Your teacher will tell you your placement result on the last course day of the semester.
  • There will be no placement test for continuing students after the February break; the course result (placement) of the previous course is valid.
  • If you have attended a German course during the summer break, you can take a new placement test (please note: your grade could change to the worse!). Please send us your new certificate by e-mail as soon as possible.
  • Your placement result and class assignment will be sent by email shortly before the course starts.


Placement Test Schedule

In the winter semester, placements for students with additional subjects take place VWU, Sechshauser Straße. Please register there.

The placement tests at the Sprachenzentrum can be taken online on the following dates:

  • 26.08. 
  • 02.09.
  • 07.09.
  • 13.09.

We will assign the next possible date for you after your course registration.


Registration for new students

For students without student ID and without student ID number

The registration is closed. Only students with an admission letter as of 01.09.2021 or visa issuance as of 01.09.2021 may still register.

Registration for continuing students

For students with student ID and with student ID number

Course details

Course dates & holidays

Winter semester 2021/22

Course starts: 28.09.2021
Course ends: 28.01.2022


23.12.2021 – 09.01.2022 (Christmas holidays)

Summer semester 2022

Course starts: 01.03.2022
Course ends: 24.06.2022


09.04.2022 – 18.04.2022 (Easter holidays)

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 shortly before the course starts. 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 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


We work with authentic materials as well as coursebooks. 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 2020/21:

  • AN: Schritte plus neu Österreich A1/1, A1/2, A2/1, A2/2
  • AV: Schritte plus neu Österreich A2/1, A2/2, B1/1
  • EV: Schritte plus neu Österreich A2/2, B1/1, B1/2
  • FG: Sicher! B1+, Sicher! Aktuell B2 Teil 1 & Sicher! Aktuell B2 Teil 2
  • WF: Sicher! Aktuell B2, Sicher! C1 (Teil 1 & 2)

Books in summer semester 2022:

  • AN: Motive A1, A2
  • AV: Motive A2, B1
  • EV: Motive A2, B1
  • FG: Aspekte neu B1 plus Teil 1 & Teil 2, B2/1, B2/2
  • WF: Aspekte neu B2/1, B2/2, C1/1, C1/2

The textbooks are available at bookstores such as our cooperation partner Facultas am Campus, or as e-books on the publisher's websites worldwide. The textbook costs are not included in the course price.

You can buy an e-book or a hardcover book (we recommend buying a hardcover book). Please search for your book with the respective ISBN number.

Users of e-books will find handbooks for the e-book activation here → Hueber-Verlag

Additional learning materials and exercises will be supplied as handouts or accessible via the Moodle platform of the Language Center of the University of Vienna.

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:

Regular course attendance (active participation and dedication) is important and can be relevant for your course confirmation (MA 35)! Attendance will be recorded on a daily basis. Arriving late or leaving the classroom count as missed class if the class work is not handed in until the next course day.

  • 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 exams (mid-term tests) each 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. Students in the levels FG and WF do not have to take the written or oral placement exam.

  • Disability-friendly exams

People with attested disabilities have the right to an accessible examination mode.

  • (Future) students of the University of Vienna: Please fill out this FORM (in German) before the start of the course and send it to barrierefrei@univie.ac.at and then inform sprachenzentrum@univie.ac.at.
  • Course participants (except students at the University of Vienna): Please write to sprachenzentrum@univie.ac.at within the first week of the course and ask for an appointment with the head of department.

We ask for your understanding that later announcements cannot be taken into account for organizational reasons. You can find support and more information HERE.

  • 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 is the placement for the next semester. It is the result of your performance in the exams you take during the semester. Your teacher will tell you your placement result on the last course day of the semester.


A confirmation of attendance (needed for MA 35) will be provided five days after your course ends. It certifies either a successful completion, an unsuccessful completion with acknowledged efforts or an unsuccessful completion.

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.

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 (see registration information).

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


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