INNES Institute Vienna

We at INNES care about empowering our students to develop the German language skills and academic knowledge they need for pursuing their life and career goals. Expect high-quality German language courses, life-enriching academic short courses (regular and customized), individual support, a great location, qualified and passionate instructors and an international and diverse community of learners. INNES is the bridge to your future!

Our partners include TU Wien, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, German schools worldwide, local and global businesses, and Departments of German Studies and Linguistics worldwide. We cooperate with interns from the University of Vienna and the Harvard Work Abroad Program.

Intensive German Language Course
EUR 380*
  • 4-week course (6 ECTS)
  • Monday to Thursday
  • 9-12
  • *from June on new conditions
  • Students, academics, professionals and young adults
Evening German Language Course
EUR 430-460
  • 8 or 12-week course (6 ECTS)
  • 6:15-8 pm I two days per week
  • Mo and Wed or Tue and Thur
  • Course book included
  • Students, academics, professionals and young adults
German Courses for Companies
Customized Packages
  • Tailor-Made German Courses
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Based on your individual Company Needs
  • Progress Reports
  • In-House or at INNES
Summer German Language Course
EUR 950
  • 4 weeks
  • 59 units á 45 minutes
  • ÖSD exam and prep course incl.
  • Social program included
  • Students, academics, professionals and young adults
Intensive German Grammar Booster Course
EUR 150
  • 5-day grammar program
  • 3-5 pm
  • Starts every month
  • Includes excellent materials
  • Students, academics, professionals and young adults
ÖSD Exam Preparation Workshop
EUR 180
  • 2-day workshop (Friday+Saturday)
  • 9-12 am
  • Starts every month
  • Includes excellent materials
  • Efficient preparation for ÖSD, focus on writing and speaking tasks
ÖSD German Language Exam
EUR 100-200
  • Friendly ÖSD test center
  • A1-A2-B1-B2-C1
  • Every month
  • Register 3 weeks before
  • ÖSD prep workshops available
German Language Personal Training
EUR 300 - 1050
  • Tailored to your specific needs
  • Fexible schedule
  • Packages 5, 10 or 20 units
  • All levels and purposes
  • Individual ÖSD exam preparation
University German Language Prep Program
EUR 3.500
  • 3 levels in 6 months
  • ÖSD C1 exam and prep course
  • Flexible starting dates
  • Personal Tutorials
  • Grammar booster courses
Free Online German Language Test
  • German language level test
  • Test your German level for free
  • Description of levels A1-C1
  • ÖSD and CEFR standards
  • Find out which level is for you
School Groups in Austria
Great location
  • For School groups
  • Program tailored to your needs!
  • Social program included
  • Friendly Family accommodation
  • Excellent teachers

High Quality Standard

High quality is not just a phrase to us; it is both a statement of our commitment and responsibility.

It starts with our qualified, motivated and excellent teachers who are able to respond to individual needs, and at the same time to guide learners to the targeted goals, combining hard work with a relaxing atmosphere.

A good course book and materials are also very important. We keep up- to-date with the course book market in order to choose the best option for you. In our German courses we are currently using the course book Menschen (Hueber), and in our courses for special purposes we use carefully selected and prepared materials.

We have had excellent feedback from participants who have already studied with us.

Good and fair conditions: there are many factors influencing the course price, and we have tried to combine the best quality for the best possible price for the participants in addition to the best possible conditions for our teachers

The classrooms are clean and pleasant, and there is a coffee machine for use at break times.

And last but not least, it is also you who contributes to the high course quality, since all of our participants are students, academics and people used to intensive learning.

We are convinced that once you have taken one of our courses, you will want to return again and again throughout the language learning process.

Learning Foreign Language

Learning a foreign language means plunging into a new cultural dimension and perspective. It is a complex process of many steps and phases over a longer period of time. We want to support you on this journey. Our language courses teach contemporary language, and guide our participants from beginner to advanced level. All four skills are taught equally: listening, speaking, reading and writing.


Our trainers are very committed and highly qualified. They are all native speakers, have an academic degree in teaching German as a foreign language and enjoy working with international learners. They provide professional, interactive classes with state-of-the-art teaching methods and individual support.

Teaching Methodology

You will study authentic texts that prepare you for real language use outside the classroom. Quick and lasting successes will continue to motivate you to further advance your spoken and written language skills in areas such as vocabulary and grammar in authentic situations.


Courses have approximately 6-10 participants (max. 16) who need to have advanced study skills. This allows fast learning progress. One of the keys to our course is the group dynamic. Communicative activities help connect the participants and create real situations that need real-time language application. Our experience shows that a comfortable classroom atmosphere helps to make learning much more effective and enjoyable.

Social Program for language learners

In addition to developing your German language knowledge at our institute, we also want you to apply this knowledge in real-life situations while experiencing and exploring Vienna’s multicultural and vibrant atmosphere. Depending on the season of the year, there are many exciting things to do in and around Vienna. While most of the activities below are available all year round, others are only available during our peak season in summer, when we also host a number of International Summer Schools in addition to language classes.

Welcome Ceremony

Every month on your first language course day, you, together with all other INNES students, will take part in an official Welcome Ceremony. This is a great opportunity to start making friends and exchange contacts, as well as to receive information about our language school, upcoming events, useful German language learning strategies and book recommendations.

Special program for July/August

Every year in July/August we host a growing number of International Summer Schools. All language students are warmly invited to join their extensive social program, which can be found here. Please register early, so we can plan things well ahead. Joining this social program will also give you the chance to meet and network with ambitious and approachable academics from all around the world.

Price: Depends on the activity.

Open house days

We regularly organise an open house day at the end of the month. This is a platform for old and new students to get together, network, and practice their German while enjoying free drinks. Many students take this opportunity to re-register for the next level. In addition, we offer a free personalized German level test and information about our German courses and levels, about the ÖSD preparation course, and exam benefits. If you need advice on visa or university entrance language requirements, you can also get it from us on this day.

Information session Vienna university

Interested in studying in Vienna? In this information session, you will get all the essential information about the main universities in Vienna, and their German language entrance requirements. You will also receive compact information about cost of living, student housing, job search, and other essential and useful tips for your university life in Vienna. Bring all your questions and your friends! The session will only take place if at least six participants have registered. 

Walking tour in Vienna’s first district

A  walking tour is a great way to familiarize yourself with Vienna’s stunning first district. This entertaining and informative walking tour lasts 2.5 hours. In this tour you can expect to get an in-depth impression of the breathtakingly beautiful first district. Listen to insider stories told by experienced guides. You will end this tour with a good understanding of historical and cultural highlights of the Austrian history. Also available in German. Give a tip if you liked the tour. 

Waltz Workshop

In this 2-hour dance workshop you will learn the basics of dancing waltz. Put your best foot forward and feel the famous 3/4 time rhythm. An experienced dance instructor will teach you all you need to know to shine at your next social dance event. Bring comfortable shoes. The workshop will only take place if at least ten participants have registered. 

Concert at the Vienna Volksoper

The Vienna Volksoper (Vienna People's Opera) is a major opera house in Vienna, and the only one that also stages operettas, musicals and ballet. Here’s the good news: opera in Vienna is priced for everyone. If you don’t mind standing, tickets for €4 are nearly always available. Tell us early, and we’ll reserve your ticket. If you plan to visit Volksoper, you might want to pack some elegant clothes.

Frisbee and Picnic in Prater

What would be Vienna without Prater - nothing, we believe, which is why we love to visit the green heart of Vienna as often as possible. Join us for a pot-luck picnic and a game of frisbee in Prater. If you are the daring type, you might also want to take a ride with the Prater Tower - Vienna’s highest swing carousel (117 m) - just as the sun is setting. The trip will only take place if at least six participants have registered. 

Swimming in the Danube river

Together with your new friends and one of our teachers, take U6 or U1 to Donauinsel - a gigantic island in the middle of the river Danube. After a morning of intensive  studies, enjoy the greenery and the glistening blue Danube. You can even take a swim in the Donau and the Alte Donau - it is clean, safe and refreshing! The trip will only take place if at least six participants have registered. 

Excursion to Salzburg

Salzburg is a city full of history, cafés and world-class music, the birthplace of Mozart and venue for the Sound of Music. The surrounding region boasts majestic Alps, crystal-clear lakes, and rustic villages. Salzburg is also a great location if you want to ski, snowboard or try snow tubing. We help you organise your individual or group excursion to Salzburg including transport, accommodation and visiting program tailored to your interest. Just ask us about it at the reception. 

Goodbye Ceremony with your class

On your last course day, you will be awarded your course diploma and we will take a class pictures to create lasting memories of a special time in our lives. You will also be informed about upcoming courses, events, and special discounts.

Innes Vienna testimonial: Federica


Ciao a tutti, mi chiamo Federica e vengo da Roma. Sto frequentando il mio secondo corso di tedesco qui alla INNES, livello A2/1. Mi sono iscritta alla INNES su consiglio del mio ragazzo. Vi consiglio questa scuola perché gli insegnanti sono molto preparati, disponibili ma soprattutto perché ci sono ragazzi di diverse nazionalità. Vi aspettiamo. Benvenuti alla INNES.
Innes Vienna testimonial: Igor


Всем привет! Я приехал из России и я принимаю участие в Erasmus программе. Впервые, я пришел сюда 2 месяца назад в данную школу. И могу сказать, что это потрясающий опыт учиться здесь. Я здесь нашел друзей, я здесь нашел прекрасный круг общения, у нас преподает прекрасный преподаватель Татьяна. Спасибо Innes! Я буду определенно рекомендовать данное место своим друзьям. Спасибо INNES!
Innes Vienna testimonial: Abdullah


مرحبا. انا عبدالله الديوان من العراق ادرس في معهد انيس للغات الانجليزيه و الالمانيه. ادرس مرحله B1 اخترت هذا المعهد لكفائه المحاضرين و المدرسين الموجودين فيه. اوصيكم بزياره المعهد و الدراسه فيه كفائه المحاضرين و المدرسين. شكراً!
Innes Vienna testimonial: Berk


Merhaba,Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi Makina Mühendisliği öğrencisiyim. Erasmus programı kapsamında Viyana Teknik Üniversitesi’nde eğitimime devam etmekte ve aynı zamanda INNES Institute’de 4 aydır yoğunlaştırılmış Almanca kursu almaktayım.Gerek hocaların bilgi ve tecrübesi,gerekse derslerin interaktifliği ve doğrudan günlük hayata yönelik olması,ayrıca dünyanın dört bir yanından gelen insanlarla birlikte yeni kültürler tanımak ve eğlenirken Almanca öğrenmek isteyen herkese INNES’i kesinlikle tavsiye ederim.
Innes Vienna testimonial: Nils


Hej! Mitt namn är Nils Jonnerby, jag kommer från Sverige Luleå. Jag läser tyska A2/2 och tycker att INNES ett bra alternativ för att lära sig tyska, undervisningen är tydlig och väl strukturerad där det är lätt att hänga med i det relativt snabba tempot. Man får även god hjälp om man skulle behöva det. Jag valde INNES för att jag ska under den kommande hösten läsa en utbytestermin vid TU wien och blev via dem rekommenderad INNES. I min kurs är det ungefär 11 personer från alla olika länder och man binder mycket bra kontakter och vänner. Jag skulle rekommendera denna skola för att det är ett utmärkt sätt att lära sig tyska på, hitta vänner och samtidigt ha mycket tid över till att uppleva kulturen i Wien!
Innes Vienna testimonial: Judit


Sziasztok, A nevem Judit és Budapestről érkeztem Bécsbe. Egyelőre az A2.2-es intenzív német nyelvkurzust végeztem el az Innesben. Mindenkinek csak ajánlani tudom:) Itt sikerült megértenem, milyen is az igazán beszédorientált oktatás. Otthon több nyelvkurzuson is részt vettem több nyelvből. Összehasonlítva, az otthoni írás, az itteni beszédorientált. Itt szinte minden szóban zajlik, általában spontán.Minden csak németül. Szerintem nem kell hangsúlyoznom ennek a fontosságát a való életben.. Továbbá,az órák nagyon élvezetesek,rengeteg színes anyagot és vicces csapatfeladatot kapunk. A napi 3 óra szinte repül! Az oktató és a csapattagok is nagyon klasszak voltak,mindenkinek csak ajánlom az INNES!
Innes Vienna testimonial: Miljana


INNES Institut sam pronasla u internet pretraživanju od velikog nezadovoljna svakom skolom nemačkog jezika! Tu moja pretraga prestaje jer konačno postoji mesto gde se nemački jezik može savladati, i to jako uspešno! Na INNES Institutu pohadjala sam B1.2 i B2.1 intenzivne kurseve nemačkog jezika, a trenutno i B2.2 intenzivni kurs i planiram nastaviti i dalje nivoe jer sam jako zadovoljna znanjem koje se pruža i koncepcijom učenja kao i komunikacijom na kursevima! Uz to, divna je atmosfera i jako je ljubazan tim! Moja preporuka je odabrati INNES pre bilo koje druge skole jezika!
Innes Vienna testimonial: B2 German Student

B2 German Student

After finishing both B2 courses at Innes I can definitely recommend them to all those people who are hesitating about joining - DO IT! You'll enjoy lots of fun and your German will markedly improve at the same time. German courses at INNES were active and engaging yet relaxed and in a small group. Both office staff and teachers are professional and friendly. I'd definitely recommend INNES to someone wanting to learn German. With this school, one can easily gain a good portion of healthy confidence in utilizing German language in everyday life.


If you are not sure about your German language level, you should read this information carefully. We at INNES conform to the official and international standards set by ÖSD and CEFR.

In total, there are 5 levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1. Each level consists of 2 phases. In every INNES course (Intensive Course or Semester Course) you proceed 1 phase. So for example, to complete A1 level, you need two courses: A1/1 and A1/2. This means, by doing two intensive German language courses at INNES, you can complete one entire level. Please find below a user-friendly overview of the main can do's for each level.

Placement tests: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1


In order to complete the A1 level, you need to participate in two phases: A1/1 and A1/2. Level A1 is for participants with no or very little previous competence in the German language. After completing A1 level, you can:

  • Use the alphabet to spell words
  • Interact with others if they speak slowly and clearly
  • Say and understand very simple expressions and sentences from everyday life
  • Introduce yourself and others
  • Make and answer simple and personal questions, for example where you live, people you know and things you have
  • Write short and simple postcards or letters, fill in forms
  • Use receptive strategies, affective strategies, interaction strategies (asking for repetition or reformulation), memory strategies


In order to complete the A2 level, you need to participate in two phases: A2/1 and A2/2. You can start with A2/1 if you are able to fulfil all communicative actions as detailed in A1. After completing A2 level, you can:

  • Read and understand information from signs, catalogues, menus, timetables, and short letters or notes
  • Interact with others if they speak slowly and clearly
  • Understand and say simple expressions and sentences about topics that are familiar to you
  • Speak about family, other people, your living situation, your education, your profession, shopping, local geography and other matters of your immediate need
  • Write simple notes and short personal letters
  • Use receptive strategies, affective strategies, interaction strategies (asking for repetition or reformulation), memory strategies and social strategies


In order to complete the B1 level, you need to participate in two phases: B1/1 and B1/2. You can start with B1/1 if you are able to fulfil all communicative actions as detailed in A2. This is often a big “jump” for learners, as you are moving from being a basic user to becoming an independent user. After completing B1 level, you can:

  • Understand the main points in a conversation if Standard German is being spoken, and if the conversation is about familiar topics such as work, school, or free time
  • Understand the main points from TV and radio, if communicators speak slowly and clearly
  • Read and understand texts that contain common language from everyday life and the world of work
  • Read and understand private letters that contain information about recent happenings, feelings and wishes
  • Participate in a conversation about familiar topics
  • Say simple, connected sentences to express your experience, recent happenings, dreams, hopes and ambitions.
  • Briefly give reasons and explanations for your opinions and plans
  • Tell a story or report the plot of a book or movie and express your reaction to it
  • Communicate in most situations that a traveller would encounter, e.g. buying a ticket, asking for the way, making an invitation or reporting a problem
  • Write about topics that are of your personal interest
  • Write personal and semi-formal letters and speak about your experience and your impressions
  • Use receptive strategies, affective strategies, interaction strategies (asking for repetition or reformulation), memory strategies, social strategies, problem-solving strategies, production strategies, decision-making strategies


In order to complete the B2 level, you need to participate in two phases: B2/1 and B2/2. You can start with B2/1 if you are able to fulfil all communicative actions as detailed in B1. In Austria, you need to reach B2 level in order to enroll in a university. After completing B2 level, you can:

  • Understand the main point of long and complex texts (concrete and abstract), including complex argumentation, given that your are somewhat familiar with the topic
  • Understand television programs and movies, as long as Standard German is being used
  • Speak spontaneously and fluently, so that a ‘normal’ conversation with a native speaker is possible
  • Participate actively in discussions about familiar topics to represent and argue your viewpoints
  • Explain the answer to a question and discuss advantages and disadvantages
  • Write clear and detailed texts, especially argumentative essays or reports
  • Write personal and formal letters in which you explain your opinion about certain topics and describe your personal experience
  • Use receptive strategies, affective strategies, interaction strategies (asking for repetition or reformulation), memory strategies, social strategies, problem-solving strategies, production strategies, decision-making strategies


In order to complete the C1 level, you need to participate in two phases: C1/1 and C1/2. You can start with C1/1 if you are able to fulfil all communicative actions as detailed in B2. After completing C1 level, you can:

  • Understand with ease virtually everything heard or read, including a wide range of demanding, longer clauses
  • Recognize implicit meaning
  • Summarize information from different spoken and written sources and construct arguments in a coherent presentation
  • Express yourself spontaneously, fluently and precisely without much obvious searching for expressions
  • Use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes
  • Write clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices
  • Use receptive strategies, affective strategies, interaction strategies (asking for repetition or reformulation), memory strategies, social strategies, problem-solving strategies, production strategies, decision-making strategies

Still not sure about your level?

Do the placement tests: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 or contact us for a personal level test at the INNES office.