INNES Institute Vienna

We enable the participants in our courses to develop the knowledge and skills they need for succeeding in their fields and provide an educational platform for all creative and open-minded brains to share their thoughts, expertise and experience

Intensive German Language Course
EUR 325
  • 4-week German language course
  • Monday to Thursday
  • 64 units á 45 min (6 ECTS)
  • 4 days per week
  • students, academics, professionals and young adults
Semester German Language Course
EUR 325
  • 12-week German language course
  • 6-8 pm
  • 64 units á 45 minutes (6 ECTS)
  • 2 days per week
  • students, academics, professionals and young adults
Intensive German Grammar Booster Course
EUR 230-250
  • 5-day grammar program
  • 3-5 pm
  • every month
  • including working material
  • students, academics, professionals and young adults
ÖSD Exam Preparation Course
EUR 230-280
  • 5-day program (Mo-Fr)
  • 3-5 pm
  • every month
  • including ÖSD work materials
  • max. 8 participants
ÖSD Test - German Language Exam
EUR 100-200
  • certified ÖSD testing center
  • A1-A2-B1-B2
  • standardized state certificate
  • free ÖSD test counselling
  • ÖSD preparation courses available
University German Language Prep Program
EUR 2.150
  • A2 to B2 level in 6 months
  • incl. ÖSD examination
  • flexible starting dates
  • 30 min tutorial every two weeks
  • Grammar booster courses
German Language Course for Architects
EUR 390
  • semester evening course
  • for students and professionals
  • 50 units á 45 minutes
  • minimum level B2
  • all related disciplines
German Language Personal Training
EUR 300 - 1050
  • tailored to your specific needs
  • flexible schedule
  • packages 5, 10 or 20 units
  • all levels and purposes
  • individual ÖSD exam preparation
Free Online German Language Test
  • German language level test
  • test your German level
  • description of levels A1-C1
  • according to ÖSD and CEFR standards
  • free online test
German Language Training for Diplomats
EUR 300 - 1050
  • Personal training
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible location
  • Content upon your needs
  • Experienced teacher
Academic English TOOLKIT Semester Course
EUR 390
  • 12-week course
  • Mondays & Wednesdays 6-8 pm
  • 64 units á 45 minutes (6 ECTS)
  • min. B2 level
  • reading, writing & discourse
Academic English TOOLKIT 2-day seminar
EUR 120
  • 2-day intensive seminar
  • Friday 9am - 6pm
  • Saturday 9am - 4.15pm
  • 18 units á 45 minutes
  • reading, writing & discourse
English Language Personal Training
EUR 300 - EUR 1050
  • Individual learning
  • Flexible schedule
  • All levels A1-C1
  • Academic or day-to-day English
  • TOEFL & IELTS preparation

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.

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.

Price: Free.

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. 

Price: Free.

Walking tour in Vienna’s first district

A 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 a good understanding of historical and cultural highlights of the Austrian history. Also available in German. You can tip the guide if you enjoyed the tour. 

Price: Free.

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.

Price: 4 Euros. 

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. 

Price: Free or 5 Euros for the swing carousel. 

Swimming in the Danube river

Together 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! The trip will only take place if at least six participants have registered. 

Price: Free.

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

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.

Price: Free.

Federica Modigliani

Federica Modigliani

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.
Igor Meshkov

Igor Meshkov

My name is Igor and I’m from Russia. I am part of the Erasmus programme. I joined INNES two months ago. I can say that it has been an amazing experience to study here. I have found friends and a beautiful group for communication. We also have a wonderful teacher, Tatyana. Thank you INNES. I will most definitely recommend this language school to my friends here and back in Russia. Thank you INNES.
Milena Vuckovic

Milena Vuckovic

I am quite pleased with the whole experience at INNES School. The procedure was extremely straightforward – easy application, friendly and helpful staff, and timely information regarding the ÖSD exam and exam dates. I would highly recommend the school to all students looking for a pleasant experience during their ÖSD adventure.
B1 German Course Student

B1 German Course Student

Since I have experience in other courses in other institutes, I must say I really, really liked courses at INNES. For me it was very useful, very helpful and I really learned a lot. Moreover, I think it is good that we are obligated to have tests and do our homework. Our teacher explained everything in detail and whenever we had questions our needed help she was there. Big thank you, and hopefully I will take my B1.2 level again at INNES soon. DANKE!
B2/1 German Course Student

B2/1 German Course Student

I'm taking the B2.1 course at INNES Institute and couldn't be any more satisfied. The rooms are very comfortable. They use the best textbooks for German Learning and there's a welcoming atmosphere.
German Course Student

German Course Student

I liked very much our teacher, I would like to continue my studies and I am looking forward to continue them with him. His methods seems perfect for me, I enjoyed very much the class.
Intensive German Course Student

Intensive German Course Student

I am really impressed by INNES and found the German course very useful. Everyone there is extremely friendly and I learned so much in one month. I am looking forward to signing up for more courses.
Intensive German Course Student

Intensive German Course Student

I am very satisfied with this course. I improved my German skills during these 2 months and learned a lot of new useful words (the topics were very interesting for me) and I started finally to speak German, while at the beginning I was completely locked. I have no complaints and I am thinking taking another course at INNES in the future.


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.