German and English Courses
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 or English 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.
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.
Special program for July/AugustEvery 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 daysWe 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 universityInterested 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!
Walking tour in Vienna’s first districtA free walking tour is a great way to familiarize yourself with Vienna’s 1st 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 agood understanding of historical and cultural highlights of the Austrian history. Also available in German.
Waltz WorkshopIn 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.
Price: 15 Euros.
Concert at the Vienna VolksoperThe 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.
Price: 4 Euros.
Frisbee and Picnic in PraterWhat 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.
Price: Free or 5 Euros for the swing carousel.
Swimming in the Danube riverTogether with your new friends and one of our teachers, take U6 or U1 to Donauinsel - a 20 km long, narrow island in the middle of the river Danube. After a morning of intensive German language 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!
Excursion to SalzburgSalzburg 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.
Goodbye CeremonyOn 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.
If you are not sure about your level you should read the information. Each level consists of 2 phases. In every course (Intensive Course and Semester Course) you proceed 1 phase.
Placement tests: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1
A1/1 = A1 phase 1 A1/2 = A1 phase 2 (completion of A1) For participants with no or very little previous competence in the language. These courses lead up to Level A1. 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.
A2/1 = A2 phase 1 A2/2 = A2 phase 2 (completion of A2) These courses lead up to Level A2. 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.
B1/1 = B1 phase 1 B1/2 = B1 phase 2 (completion of B1) These courses lead up to Level B1. 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.
B2/1 = B2 phase 1 B2/2 = B2 phase 2 (completion of B2) These courses lead up to Level B2. 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.
C1/1 = C1 phase 1 C1/2 = C1 phase 2 (completion of C1) These courses lead up to Level C1. 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.
C2/1 = C2 phase 1 C2/2 = C2 phase 2 (completion of C2) These courses lead up to Level C2. 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.