Summer German Course – University of Vienna


    Summer Courses at University of Vienna
    German Language: 15 hrs a week
    Minimum Age 16 yrs – Register Early
    4 Weeks: July / August – $1595 USD
    Open to all Worldwide

    The Program

    The University of Vienna was founded in 1365 and is the oldest university in the German speaking world. Over 72,000 students are enrolled in more than 170 courses. It is the largest teaching and research institution in Austria with over 6200 scientists and academics. It offers a wide range of courses in German Language and European Studies, and provides a wonderful atmosphere for making new friends from all over the world. Students, adults, and teachers come here from various countries to learn German, take European Studies, and experience the rich culture of Austria and the Viennese way of life. Early registration is advised – prior to April 25th

    The Location

    Vienna or Wien (ancient Vindobona), city in northeastern Austria, the capital and largest city of the country, coextensive with Vienna (Wien) Province. Vienna is located on both banks of the Danube River, with the foothills of the Eastern Alps on the west and the plains of the Danube basin on the east. Vienna was for many centuries the political and economic center of the Austrian Empire under the Hapsburg family. Today the city dominates the economic and cultural life of Austria and contains about one-fifth of the country’s population.


    Summer German Language courses: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. 15 lessons per week (each lesson is 45 minutes) – 60 lessons per month. See Dates and Fees section for schedule and costs. Classes held from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, M-F.


    * Small group classes: maximum 16 students per class.
    * German language classes taught in German. (morning / afternoon).
    * Minimum age in Vienna: 16.
    * Placement test given there to determine proper level.
    * Text Books used in class include: Delfin (Elem) / Hauptkurs, Abschlusskurs, Dreyer-Schmitt, used for Intermdiate and Advanced. Textbooks cost 26 – 37 euros.

    Elementary 1: For absolute beginner or participants with little knowledge, conversations using the most elementary phrases and frequently used grammatical forms for immediate communication in the German language. Completion of this course corresponds to level “A1” of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Elementary 2: For participants with basic knowledge, expanded vocabulary and improved style in everyday conversation to understand sentences on everyday topics and to read an understand simple texts, simple forms of written communication, elementary grammar.

    Elementary 3: Conversation about everyday topics (culture, sports, travel, etc.), reading simple prose from literature and newspapers, written repetition exercises and reports, intensified morphology, selected chapters from syntax. Completion of this course corresponds to level “A2” of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Elementary 4: Language us including the entire basic vocabulary, short talks on topics of general interest and work-related issues, understanding the radio news, reading newspapers and texts from literature, compositions on various problems, discussing the different stylistic values of syntactical forms and idioms. Completion of this course corresponds to level “B” of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Intermediate 1: For participants with good command of German, discussions on specific topics, accurate reading and listening comprehension, gaining skills such as argumentation, reporting, summarising and commenting as well as grammar structures and expanded vocabulary.

    Intermediate 2: Conversation beyond everyday situations, talking about more specific subjects, awareness of functional use, ability to use a variety of registers, understanding of subject-related texts and lectures, exercises on the stylistic use of the modern German language. Completion of this course corresponds to level “B” of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Intermediate 3: Understanding of scientific lectures, elocution exercises to intensify idiomatic and stylistic expression, reading texts from literature and selected technical articles, completing the basic and advanced vocabulary, written texts, oral reports and discussions on the student’s courses of studies and professions, vocabulary and free speech exercises, stylistic drills on modern language usage. In this level, you can select from different fields of interest: culture, literature, linguistics, and economy.

    Advanced 1: For participants with very good knowledge of German, reading modern German literature and articles on different topics, perfecting the command of the language by vocabulary exercises, oral reports and discussions. Completion of this course corresponds to level “C1” of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This level is also designed for students and teachers of “German abroad” and literature and linguistics. Students are assessed to levels by means of an interview at the beginning of the course.

    Academic Credit

    Students earn 3 – 6 credits for a month program (4 weeks). 57 – 60 hrs (units) per month. Summer 4 weeks = 4 ECTS credits. See the “Academic Credit” section of our website for details.


    The program in Vienna offers optional afternoon activities that may include: Special Courses, Lectures on Austria, Tutorial rooms for self-study, Video Rooms for German films, and Excursions that can include sightseeing in Vienna and surrounding areas, as well as planned parties for students. All these extra activities are optional (you can attend if you want), and they cost extra – ask the staff in the student office when in Vienna about the “activity schedule” and “prices”. Excursions vary in price from 20 – 75 Euros.


    In Vienna – student residence type housing is available. Single or Twin rooms. Some rooms have private bathroom. Bed linens provided. Laundry facilities available. Meals are taken at nearby restaurants around the University. Prices range between $7 – &12 USD per meal. Students are allowed to move in on Sunday, day before class starts. Housing reservation deposit of $500 USD required – credited towards housing cost.

    Housing costs about $700 – $900 USD per month. Meals cost $7 – $12 USD.

    Check out is on last date of program.

    Additional housing info and links provided with confirmation docs.

    Can arrange own housing if desired.


    * Early registration advised – prior to April 25th.
    SUMMER SESSIONS: July & August

    * Early registration advised – prior to April 25th is suggested.

    * Plan on arriving a couple days prior (weekend), and start Monday.
    * Classes are held Monday – Friday, and course ends on the last (4th) Friday.

    2019 Dates: 4 weeks
    July 8th – August 2nd, 2019
    August 5th – 30th, 2019

    2020 Dates: 4 weeks
    July 6th – 31st, 2020
    August 3rd – 28th, 2020

    2021 Dates: 4 weeks
    July 5th – 30th, 2021
    August 2nd – 27th, 2021


    4 weeks $1595 USD



    Minimum age is 16 yrs. Early registration is advised – prior to April 25th. After April 25th, ask CSA about space availability.


    Plan on arriving the day before classes start to check-into your housing……check-in on Sunday. If you arrive earlier, plan on arranging your own housing until the official check-in date. Plan on arriving on the date you can check-into your housing.


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