German Language Courses | INNES Institute Vienna

Why study with us?

INNES Institute Vienna specializes in German language courses for ambitious international learners. We keep our groups small, so you can expect a more personalized learning journey and a faster learning progress. Learn German with us in a great location, excellent teachers and materials. Our students appreciate INNES not only for the friendly, cosy atmosphere, it is the high course quality that convinces students to continue their studies with us. Expect well-structured, active lessons and extra speaking practice in all courses. All this is complimented by a Social Program that connects people. Our partners include TU Wien, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and many prominent universities worldwide - from Harvard to Nanyang Technological University. Easy online registration and payment.

Refer a friend and get rewarded

For each new friend you refer, you will receive a buildable 10% discount. Your friend will also receive a 10% discount. This offer is only valid for previous or current INNES students who refer new students. To claim your reward, all you have to do is come to the office with your friends, or send an email with their full names before they register. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts. Take part in growing the INNES community!

Be loyal and save money

Join our Loyalty Program to access great discounts! Because of our friendly, professional yet personalized approach to language learning, many learners study with us for several months. So if you are determined to succeed, why not access a great price? Pay for 2 courses and get 10 % discount on your 2nd courseI Pay for 3 or more courses and get 15% discount. Loyalty pays off with INNES!

German Language Courses

Intensive German Course
EUR 520
  • 4 week course (6 ECTS)
  • Monday to Friday 9:00-12:15
  • Fast Learning Progress
  • Motivated Course Participants
  • max. 12 Participants
Semi-Intensive German Course
EUR 380
  • 8-Week Course (6 ECTS)
  • Two Times per Week 6:15-8:15 pm
  • Course Starts Monthly
  • Motivated Course Participants
  • app 8 (max. 12) Participants
German Personal Training | In-Classroom | online
EUR 55-65
  • Tailored to your specific needs
  • Flexible schedule
  • In-Classroom | LIVE Online
  • All levels and purposes
  • Individual ÖSD|EPD

German Language for University

University Language Preparation Program
EUR 5.500
  • 3 whole levels in 6 months
  • Flexible starting dates
  • ÖSD Exam
  • Personal tutorials
  • Complete Language Preparation

German Language for Companies

German Training for Companies
Customized Packages
  • Tailor-Made German Courses
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Tailored to Company Needs
  • Progress Reports
  • In-House or at INNES

German Language Exams

ÖSD German Language Exam
EUR 130-220
  • Friendly ÖSD test center
  • A1-A2-B1-B2-C1-C2
  • Every last Tuesday of the month
  • Register 3 weeks before
  • Small groups

INNES German Language Education Quality Standards

What is high-quality education? To us, it means the combination of student success and student satisfaction. But how to get there? We believe that first and foremost, it is the high lesson quality at INNES that matters. Together with outstandingly friendly and personalized service, great facilities and ambitious students from around the world, INNES aims to provide the best possible environment for successful and efficient German learning.

At INNES you will find an academic and professional yet friendly and individual learning space. Because of our small groups, students get a lot of personal interaction time with their teachers – so they can expect a more personalized learning journey and a faster learning progress in your German language courses. What sets INNES apart is the high teaching quality and the friendly, personalized treatment of all our students. For us, it is the people, their life stories, career or academic goals that are the fuel for our efforts.

Registration I Level tests

Learning German at the right level is essential to your learning success. Apart from our easy online registration and free online German level test, you can also come to the INNES reception for a personal level assessment.

German language teachers

All our teachers are qualified, motivated, experienced, creative and able to respond to individual needs. All our teachers are educated to university level and are trained to teach German in a communicative, dynamic and activating way. Teachers are carefully selected by means of a three step assessment procedure. After a telephone interview, and a trial lesson, teachers submit a self-reflection, followed by a training session with our quality managers.

Feedback Systems to assure high quality

In each course, there is a threefold feedback process to maximize student satisfaction: #1 lesson observation, #2 online satisfaction survey and #3 class feedback. Lesson observations are followed by a personal feedback or trainings session with the aim to turn good teachers into fantastic teachers. After course week one, students can fill in an anonymous Satisfaction Survey online, so that all questions, doubts or problems can be responded to immediately. Because we believe that open teacher-student communication is the heartbeat of a good class atmosphere, teachers conduct an anonymous class feedback in course week two. Finally, our helpful reception staff always has an open ear for all your concerns

Inside the classroom I INNES Quality Standards

All teachers at INNES are trained to teach in accordance with our quality charter. This quality charter includes guidelines detailing what students need to achieve in order to be awarded a certificate with ECTS, what elements influence students’ final scores, how to handle progress tests, course planning, course methodology, feedback procedures and community building. All INNES Teachers work according to the following didactic principles:

#1 Student-centeredness. People and their personal needs and stories always stand in the foreground of all learning, and not the materials.

#2 Individual treatment. All learning activities are graded to participants’ individual needs and wishes. Stronger students get extra exercises and challenges, weaker students extra support. To guarantee individual treatment, we keep our groups small.

#3 Student feedback. Teachers create a communicative classroom environment in which feedback, wishes and suggestions can be placed personally at any time. Teachers always conduct an anonymous in-class feedback after the first course week to respond to students’ suggestions.

#4 Well-structuredness. All teachers carefully plan and stage their lessons and the entire course, in correspondence to students’ needs. They also give students an overview of the entire course, test dates, excursions etc. on the first course day.

#5 Group dynamics for active lessons. All teachers employ a mixture of individual, pair and group work to keep learners engaged and involved at all times. Our teacher’s mantra is to explain only as much as needed, so that students can get as active as possible, and communicate non-stop in German with each other.

#6 Balance of all four skills with extra focus on speaking practice. From the beginning, you will practice speaking, writing, reading and listening - however, we at INNES emphasises the extended speaking practice in all courses, because we know that this is the skill needed most in real life. This turns our students into independent communicators.

#7 Variety of activities. While it is important to establish some kind of learning routine, we know that learners love variety - which is why we train teachers to make sure that activities are creative and varied to engage learners with all their senses.

#8 Learning transfer. We at INNES are very structured and we expect our teachers to guarantee a smooth changeover between levels. In addition to the progress tests throughout the course, students draw a learning diagram visualising the contents learnt at the end of the course, thus reviewing everything and self-assessing their learning development.

Course Materials

A good course book and useful materials are also very important. We always keep up-to-date with the course book market in order to choose the best option for you. In our German language courses we are currently using the course book Menschen (Hueber) and from B2.1, we use Mittelpunkt (Klett). In addition, we have a well-equipped teacher’s library full with only the best didactic materials for German language learners.


INNES institute is bright, modern, super central and cosy, with clean and pleasant classrooms and sanitary facilities. During break times, everybody gets together over coffee in the INNES reception, where a lot of lasting friendships have been sparked. All our teachers are free to use laptops, beamers and speakers for a multimedia German learning experience.

Groups and Participants

The average participant number is 6, in some months at the beginning of the study year a bit higher. Our students are our heartbeat and what we are most proud of - we find our learners are ambitious, motivated, dedicated learners from all fields and corners of the world. Even though we have a lot of international students and academics, INNES is open to everybody, who wants to learn German in Vienna. Students can start connecting with each other at our interactive Welcome Ceremony held at the beginning of each month. Student networking continues during their common breaks, in self-organised conversation groups or at social events.


Our academic partners include TU Wien, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and numerous prominent universities worldwide – from Harvard to Nanyang Technological University Singapore. Our business clients include Novomatic, Green Tube, McDonalds, OSCE and European Centers around the globe, just to name a few. In addition we also work with Language Schools and University departments where German is taught as a foreign language. See here a full list of all our partners.

International Accreditation

INNES Institute Vienna is fully licensed as an exam centre for the Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch (ÖSD) language certificate. ÖSD Certificates are state-accredited and internationally recognised.

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.

Networking in German

Every month towards the end of our monthly course, you, together with all other INNES students, will take part in a fun and engaging event "Networkng in German". This is a great opportunity to start making friends, deepen relationships and exchange contacts, as well as to receive information about upcoming courses, events, useful German language learning strategies and book recommendations. You can also invite new friends to this Networking in German event, to get to know our school and take advantage of our 10% referral discount for you and your friend. 

Special Summer Program

Every year in July and 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.

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: Vlad


Vlad came to Vienna one year ago, in order to do his master’s in marketing. As a fresh member of Innes since spring, he is currently completing his C1.1 course. It has always been his dream to live and work in Vienna. Therefore, he is highly ambitious to improve his German skills, which is definitely noticeable due to his improvements compared to spring. Moreover, Vlad is yet starting to understand his friends from Salzburg reasonably well, although they sometimes speak with a dialect. But nowadays, this dialect should not be called a language barrier anymore. To achieve his goals, Vlad has worked with a lot of vengeance and had therefore designed his own learning strategies, which include a lot of little sub-goals like reading the Austrian Newspaper or getting better in grammar issues. He can imagine living in Vienna very well. There are a lot of appealing arguments to him, such as sitting by the Danube or visiting Schönbrunn, , which make him feel very comfortable.
Innes Vienna testimonial: Sophie Wardle

Sophie Wardle

Sophie joined INNES (online) after moving to Zell am See. Living in Austria offers her all the aspects of life that she most enjoys and allows her to fulfil her passion skiing and ski instruction. The main issue working in a predominantly tourist town is that everyone happily reverts to English when foreigners’ German runs out. Frustrated by this and having some basic grasp after working in Austria, she started with A1.2 at INNES with Tatyana. She absolutely loved the classes and really felt that, with Tatyana’s guidance (and lots of homework to practise!) she improved a lot. A1.2 gave her the foundations that she was lacking before and really boosted her confidence when talking to locals (despite trying to navigate their tricky dialect!) Sophie cannot imagine living anywhere else and in these tough times and with the job market ever changing, having the local language has never been more important. Sophie chose to continue with her language learning and progress to A2.1 as she has opt
Innes Vienna testimonial: Zorana


I have taken A2/2 and B1/1 course at Innes and was extremely satisfied with the delivery of the course. What I liked the most is that we were forced to talk all the time. We were given some practical tasks as well, for example, asking people for directions, what made us interfere with the locals and experience the language. Both my groups were small, and we were mainly using German during the breakes.
Innes Vienna testimonial: Elena


Mein herzlicher Dank geht an das INNES Institute Vienna. Dank ihrer Methoden und Fähigkeiten lernte ich während 2 Monaten (Level A2.2 und B1.1.) Grammatikregeln, bereicherte mein Vokabular und begann fließender zu sprechen. Jetzt kann ich mit meinen Freunden und Kollegen auf Deutsch sprechen. Ich bin glücklich, weil ich mich für INNES entschieden habe und ich kann es jedem empfehlen, der Deutsch lernen möchte oder bereits einige Kenntnisse besitzt.
Innes Vienna testimonial: Harriet


I chose to do both a German B2.2 course and the ÖSD B2.2 exam at INNES and am really happy with my decision. The school has a modern approach, the staff members are helpful and friendly, and the atmosphere is professional yet relaxed. It really feels different to other language schools I've attended, partly due to familiar feeling you get from the staff and just the atmosphere of the space, but also because of the lessons, which are captivating and useful.
Innes Vienna testimonial: Emma


I took the B2.1 evening course and it was truly the best course I took in Wien. It was also the best language course I have ever taken. The hospitality and happiness you feel just by entering Innes, is not like anything else. I have made friends for life here and learnt so much German. My best and dear teacher Nikola encouraged us all to learn, adapt to Viennese culture and understand the German language.
Innes Vienna testimonial: Laura


Ich habe A2/2 und B1/1 Kurs besucht. Meiner Meinung nach INNES Institute Vienna ist sehr positiv. Ich danke vor allem an Frau Astrid für die Organisation und ihre Professionalität. Sie ist sehr freundlich, hilfsbereit und sie hat unsere Notwendigkeiten verstanden. Das Unterrichten war immer anregend (nicht stressig oder langweilig). Sie hat uns Hausaufgaben gegeben, so wir auch zu Haus der Unterricht noch einmal durchgehen konnten. Ich habe auch viel Spaß gehabt.
Innes Vienna testimonial: Borislav


My wife has been to 3 different institutions and it seems like she fell in love with INNES. The speed and the approach of studying can be quite challenging, and the classes are clearly structured. Hence, it is possible to accomplish the levels in a fast manner and to improve German skills with huge progress in a relatively short time. Thank you, INNES, for this wonderful experience!
Innes Vienna testimonial: Adilson Alberto Moyses

Adilson Alberto Moyses

Adilson defended his Master in Industrial Engineering at the Zaragoza University today. Big step in his life and we are happy to share it with him and celebrate with a bottle of an incredible "Atmosphéres Jo Landron" natural sparkling vine from Loire Region (France). He is just completing his C1 German language Course at INNES and is ready to go for his dream: living for some time in Vienna, enjoying the country and culture and making his professional experiences. The most important tool for him "to belong" is almost in his pocket - high German level proficiency. We wish him a lot of luck on his way. (By the way, photo was taken by another INNES warrior, Liliana)
Innes Vienna testimonial: Michael Holton

Michael Holton

Michael Holton Jr. Hight: 190cm | Position: Guard | Birthplace: Portland, USA Currently Playing in Lille (France) ÖSD Exam: excellent | His German: wonderful Michael graduated in Psychology and MBA. His passion and profession: Basketball. Few days ago he entered our institute and now he is proud owner of ÖSD certificate confirming his excellent level of German. It is exciting meeting so many wonderful, openminded and interesting people at INNES, every day. We love listening their stories, knowing more about their plans, hopes and challenges. Being privileged supporting them for a short time on their way and sharing our good energy, advise and expertise with them, makes us happy.
Innes Vienna testimonial: barbara


This is our friend Barbara. She wants to live in a world filled with smart grid technologies, progressive innovation and carbon free solutions. All wrapped up with an endless supply of chocolate (we think latest here you must be her fan). As an electrical engineer since 2008 (with a MSc since 2010), born and raised in wonderful South Africa, her engineering journey has taken her from the depths of a coal fired power station to discovering solutions to improve the performance of the electrical network. While quenching her thirst for adventure and searching for new challenges , she relocated to Austria where she is now a research engineer. In her opinion, the best part about being an engineer is the opportunity to discover and learn something new every day. When she is not performing network simulations, coding in Python or researching smart grid technologies, you can find her chasing the sun, traveling the world or training for her next cycling race. Barbara took several German course
Innes Vienna testimonial: Liliana


And here she is, Liliana from Hungary. She almost has complete C1 level in her pocket. At the end of July she will take C1 ÖSD exam at our institute. She is speaking really nice German with a lot of feeling for the language. Her plan: start studying physics at the University of Vienna in October. Save this story, she will be one of the next Nobel Prize winners. The guy next to her? It is her INNES shadow, our Learning Progress Coach, Georg. Learning Progress Coach? Never heard about it before? Of course not, only at INNES we are monitoring our course participants learning progress systematically and consequently during the whole training period. Why? 60% learning success doesn´t make us happy, we are striving for 100%. You remember: If you are not first, you are last!


INNES courses conform to the official and international standards set by ÖSD and CEFR. To ensure your lesson quality, it is important that you study at the right level. Please take this test before booking your INNES classes.

In total, there are five levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1. Each level consists of two phases. In every INNES course (4-Week Intensive Course or 8-Week Semi-Intensive Course) you proceed on phase. So for example, to complete A1 level, you need two courses: A1.1 and A1.2. Taking this test will help you to determine exactly which level is appropriate for you.

Placement test: A1.1 | A1.2 | A2.1 | A2.2 | B1.1 | B1.2 | 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