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Course levels and placement

The courses offered by the Language Center correspond to the language competency levels as described in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for language learning. The assessment criteria itemised in the CEFR checklists can be used for self-assessment and as a learning guide.

Course phases & placement tests

Placement tests for German

Thorough placement tests carried out prior to course commencement ensure participants’ allocation to the appropriate course levels. These placement tests are compulsory for new clients.

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 after the placement test.

You are not obliged to take the test

  • if you are a beginner of the A1/1 level
  • if you have previously attended German courses at the Language Center
  • or if you can produce an ÖSD or Goethe certificate.

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A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
A1/1 A1/2 A2/1 A2/2 B1/1 B1/2 B2/1 B2/2 C1/1 C1/2 C2/1 C2/2
basic user independent user proficient user

1 CEFR-course level is subdivided in 2 phases.

Placement tests for English, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish

We recommend to take advantage of our free-of-charge placement tests for foreign language courses.

ENGLISH (no pre-registration necessary):

  • Tuesday, 25. July 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m
  • Tuesday, 01. August 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m
  • Tuesday, 22. August 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m
  • Tuesday, 29. August 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m
  • Tuesday, 05. September 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m
  • Tuesday, 12. September 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m
  • Tuesday, 19. September 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m
  • Tuesday, 26. September 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m
  • Tuesday, 07. November 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m
  • Tuesday, 14. November 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m
  • Tuesday, 21. November 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m
  • Tuesday, 12. December 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m
  • Tuesday, 21. December 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m

Venue: Language Center of the University of Vienna, Campus of the University of Vienna, Courtyard 1, Entrance 1.16, Alser Straße 4, 1090 Vienna, Office Melega (between Rooms 14 and 15)

FRENCH (no pre-registration necessary):

  • Monday, 24. July 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, 21. August 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, 28. August 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, 04. September 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, 18. September 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, 25. September 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, 13. November 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, 20. November 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, 18. December 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Venue: Language Center of the University of Vienna, Campus of the University of Vienna, Courtyard 1, Entrance 1.16, Alser Straße 4, 1090 Vienna, Office Melega (between Rooms 14 and 15)

ITALIAN (no pre-registration necessary):

  • Wednesday, 06. September 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 13. September 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 20. September 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 27. September 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 15. November 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 13. December 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Venue: Language Center of the University of Vienna, Campus of the University of Vienna, Courtyard 1, Entrance 1.16, Alser Straße 4, 1090 Vienna, Office Melega (between Rooms 14 and 15)

RUSSIAN (no pre-registration necessary):

  • Thursday, 21. September 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, 16. November 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, 14. December 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Venue: Language Center of the University of Vienna, Campus of the University of Vienna, Courtyard 1, Entrance 1.16, Alser Straße 4, 1090 Vienna, Office Melega (between Rooms 14 and 15)

SPANISH (no pre-registration necessary):

  • Thursday, 20. July 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, 24. August 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, 14. September 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, 21. September 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, 16. November 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, 14. December 2017, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Venue: Language Center of the University of Vienna, Campus of the University of Vienna, Courtyard 1, Entrance 1.16, Alser Straße 4, 1090 Vienna, Office Melega (between Rooms 14 and 15)

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A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
A1/1 (A1/2) (A1/3) A2/1 A2/2 (A2/3) B1/1 B1/2 B1/3 B2/1 B2/2 B2/3 C1/1 C1/2 C1/3 C2/1 C2/2 C2/3
elementare Sprachverwendung selbständige Sprachverwendung kompetente Sprachverwendung

1 Kursstufe lt. GERS beinhaltet 1-3 Phasen. Die Anzahl der Phasen ist abhängig von der Fremdsprache.

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CEFR and Checklists for self-evaluation

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) represents the bedrock of curriculum development and guidelines, textbook selection and certificate issuance. It is due to CEFR recommendations that language acquisition, language usage and language competency in all its four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) become transparent and comparable.

The structure of the courses offered at the Language Center is aligned with the six levels of CEFR. The phase structure – whereby every course level of the German courses includes 2 phases, while most foreign language courses are divided into 3 phases – facilitates an even more precise allocation of participants to their respective levels.

The checklists serve as methodological instruments in the process of language acquisition. Their descriptors provide learners with a clearer synopsis of the skills they already possess in the language and of the goals they have yet to achieve. This conveys transparency to the learning process and puts course participants in charge of their own learning progress.

The checklists can be used by learners for self-evaluation purposes.

A1 Level Description

For participants with no or very little previous knowledge.

Content: reading and listening comprehension of simple texts; giving basic personal information; establishing contacts with others; taking part in simple conversations; acquiring fundamental vocabulary and learning basic grammar structures that enable unsophisticated spoken and written communication in everyday situations.

To achieve this level, one to three course phases (A1-phase 1, A1-phase 2, and A1-phase 3) and extended self-guided learning phases are necessary.

Checklist A1

A2 Level Description

Content: communication in familiar, everyday situations; reading and listening comprehension of the core message of texts involving topics and requirements of everyday life and familiar situations; writing simple texts about familiar topics and personal interests.

To achieve this level, one to three course phases (A2-phase 1, A2-phase 2, and A2-phase 3) and extended self-guided learning phases are necessary.

Checklist A2

B1 Level Description

Content: communication on general topics; means of verbal expression for more complex conversation; writing of unsophisticated official documents; comprehension of core statements of general interest radio or television broadcasts; command of basic vocabulary on general topics.

To achieve this level, one to three course phases (B1-phase 1, B1-phase 2, and B1-phase 3) and extended self-guided learning phases are necessary.

Checklist B1

B2 Level Description

Content: further development of reading and listening strategies for enhanced comprehension of complex texts on abstract and concrete topics; boosting vocabulary for clear and adequate action and reaction in written and spoken communication on a wide spectrum of subject matters.

To achieve this level, one to three course phases (B2-phase 1, B2-phase 2, and B2-phase 3) and extended self-guided learning phases are necessary.

Checklist B2

C1 Level Description

Content: enhancement of written and spoken instruments of communication, thus enabling effective and flexible use of the language within the realm of public/professional life and/or in education and studies. Work with demanding written and audio materials from different media, discussions, drafting detailed and explicit written statements and comments on complex topics.

To achieve this level, up to three course phases (C1-phase 1, C1-phase 2, and C1-phase 3) and extended self-guided learning phases are necessary.

Checklist C1

C2 Level Description

Content: honing of written and spoken expression for spontaneous, fluent and to a large extent correct enunciation in the context of discussions and presentations. Focus on complex literary, scientific and geo-political texts (both written and audio) for enhanced comprehension and expression of fine nuances.

To achieve this level, up to three course phases (C2-phase 1, C2-phase 2, and C2-phase 3) and extended self-guided learning phases are necessary.

Checklist C2

Additionally, we recommend modules treating special topics, i.e. covering Business German or other technical terms.