FAQ

Questions...

1. Is it possible to learn correct German in Vienna?
2. How many participants are in each class?
3. Where do the participants come from?
4. How old are the participants?
5. Are there special programs for teachers?
6. When and how should I register?
7. How and when can I pay the course fee?
8. How do I know which level I am?
9. How long is a course?
10. How long will it take me to complete one course level?
11. Are there any age limits for the course?
12. Do I get a confirmation for my visa application?
13. Are scholarships available?
14. How much does the learning material cost?
15. What should I bring on the first day of class?
16. How many hours per week can I study in class?
17. Are there special courses for grammar, conversation, pronunciation etc.?
18. Can I also get individual training in addition to the intensive course?
19. Can I also study at the Institute after the course finishes for the day?
20. How many hours per day will I be busy learning German?
21. What do I really learn in my course?
22. Can I change the course level?
23. Where can I get additional material like tapes, CDs, books?
24. Do I get a certificate for the course?
25. What kind of exams can I take at the school?
26. Do I have to pay for the exams?
27. Which certificate do I need to be allowed to enrol at an Austrian university?
28. Is there a program for my free time?
29. What kind of accommodation can the School provide?
30. When can I move into my room and when do I have to move out?
31. Where exactly is the school and how do I get there?
32. How much are tickets for public transport?
33. How much money will I be spending approximately per week?
34. Where can I get cheap meals?

...and Answers

Is it possible to learn correct German in Vienna?

Of course. In Vienna, standard German is spoken exactly as it is in Munich, Berlin, or Frankfurt. When people in these cities speak with each other, they sometimes use words that are only understood in their particular regions. You can, but must not, learn these words. In contrast, is the learned melody, or rhythm. In Vienna and in Munich, people speak an especially melodious German. An exceptionally beautiful German is today known as the Burgtheater German, a German that is spoken in Vienna´s famous Burgtheater.

2. How many participants are in each class?

Approx. 9 participants from various countries guarantee an international learning atmosphere and the optimal possibilities for efficient work.

3. Where do the participants come from?

They come from many European countries such as Sweden, Spain, Italy, Poland, Hungary, France, Belgium, Croatia, Bosnia, and Greece. Also from Turkey, the Arab States, Japan or South Korea, the USA and Canada, Mexico or South America, and naturally, from Australia and the African countries.

4. How old are the participants?

Most are between 18 and 30 years of age and need German for their studies or for their jobs. Some also have Austrian partners, or they learn German just for fun. Of course, we also welcome older participants. We have had the experience that these people especially fit in to our learning groups. If you are younger than 17, we ask you to please contact us personally before your registration.

5. Are there special programs for teachers?

Yes, we offer a special training for german teachers.

6. When and how should I register?

Please register as soon as possible. Only then we can reserve your place in a course. We recommend registration 4 weeks before the beginning of the course.

Step 1: Registration on the "Enrollment" page of this online brochure, by mail, fax or online.

Please fill in the Application form carefully. We cannot accept incomplete or faulty registrations. Please double-check your registration before sending it.

Step 2: Payment: You can make the payment either by credit card, by wire transfer or by cashiers check or money order. To find out what the exact fee for your course is, please see "Dates and fees" page

Step 3: Confirmation: As soon as we have received your payment we will reserve a place for you. You will then receive a confirmation of the registration by email (or fax or mail if you do not have an email address), including all necessary information concerning the course /and accommodation. If you need the original documents by mail please send us an email or call us.

7. How and when can I pay the course fee?

You will find detailed information on the Online and Printable application forms, which you can access from the "Enrollment" page of this brochure.

8. How do I know which level I am?

You will be assigned a certain level after your placement test.

9. How long is a course?

You can attend a course for 2 weeks up to a year.

10. How long will it take me to complete one course level?

If you attend an intensive course you will complete one level in two months. Students who complete certain levels successfully can skip half a level or a level after having consulted their trainer.

11. Are there any age limits for the course?

The minimum age for participants is 16.

Under-age students who book accommodation with us need to bring a confirmation by their parents that they take over all responsibility for the student during the whole time of his/her stay in Austria. Please bring this confirmation on your first day of course and hand it in at the reception.

12. Do I get a confirmation for my visa application?

We can issue a confirmation of the registration after your payment which you can present at the embassy.

13. Are scholarships available?

Unfortunately, we do not provide scholarships or any kind of financial aid.

14. How much do the learning materials cost?

The course books cost between € 20,- and € 30,- depending on the course level. You can use most of the books for 2 months. The extra materials which you receive from your trainer are included in the course fee.

15. What should I bring on the first day of class?

The course book, a notebook, a pen or pencil, and a good mood with a little curiosity about what will happen in the classroom. We want you to be an active participant and to enjoy studying.

16. How many hours per week can I study in class?

The intensive course has 20 units per week. In addition to this you can attend an Intensive plus course to further practice your German. You can choose between Module 1 (8 units per week) with a different daily focus on conversation, grammar, phonetics and vocabulary, and Module 2 (8 units in total), a combination of private tuition and interactive computer training.

17. Are there special courses for grammar, conversation, pronunciation etc.?

Yes, the Intensive plus course Module 1 offers courses with a special emphasis on conversation, grammar, phonetics and vocabulary and is the ideal supplement for the intensive course.

18. Can I also get individual training in addition to the intensive course?

Yes, the Intensive plus course Module 2 offers you the opportunity to practice your German in private tuition together with a teacher. In addition to this you will get even more exercise in an interactive comupter training.

19. Can I study at the Institute after the course finishes for the day?

In our Mediotheque and our computer lab you will find a lot of study and exercise material which you can use. If you do not have time to use our facilities, you can borrow tapes and reading texts and use them at home.

20. How many hours per day will I be busy learning German?

In addition to the course, you will also receive a homework assignment which will take about 1 hour to do. You may also need another half hour to learn vocabulary. A small test each week will help you to see your progress. The more time you invest, the greater your success will be.

21. What do I really learn in my course?

The main purpose of all of our courses is that you are able to do what you want to do as soon as possible, which is to talk to people, read and understand texts, and to be able to write a little. That is why you learn all of these things, but grammar, naturally, is also important.

22. Can I change the course level?

Yes, but only after having consulted your instructor and having informed the staff at the reception.

23. Where can I get additional material like tapes, CDs, books?

You can buy or order books, tapes, CDs, CD-Roms etc. in our shop. You can also borrow tapes for the course at the reception.

24. Do I get a certificate for the course?

You get a certificate of attendance for each course if you attended regularly and did not miss more than 20% of the total units of tuition. After having completed a course level you can take an exam to receive a certificate with a grade from the School. If you want to get an international diploma you can sit for an exam of the Goethe-Institut or the Österreichisches Sprachdiplom (ÖSD) at our institute.

25. What kind of exams can I take at the school?

At our School you can take the exams of the Goethe-Institut or the Österreichisches Sprachdiplom (ÖSD). You can also take an exam to receive the "Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf".

26. Do I have to pay for the exams?

The internal exams at the end of each course level are included in the course fee. Fees apply for the exams of the Goethe-Institut and the Österreichisches Sprachdiplom (ÖSD) and the "Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf". Please note the deadlines for registration for these exams!

27. Which certificate do I need to be allowed to enroll at an Austrian university?

The exam Mittelstufe of the Österreichisches Sprachdiplom (ÖSD) enables you to enroll at any Austrian university.

28. Is there a program for my free time?

Each month there are interesting and manifold programs for your free time. You may join us for tours through museums, afternoon video films, lectures, and visits to typical Austrian wine taverns. Many programs are free, but for some things we must ask you to cover the expense.

29. What kind of accommodation can the School provide?

We provide accommodation in private homes and student hostels. See the "Accommodation" page of this online brochure.

30. When can I move into my room and when do I have to move out?

Arrival day is always the day before the beginning of the course, departure day always the day after the course ends. If you want to move in earlier/move out later you have to inform our office before your arrival and pay for the extra days.

31. Where exactly is the school and how do I get there?

The school is situated at the heart of Vienna in the first district. You get there easily by public transport: underground U1, U2, U4 (stop Karlsplatz), trams 1,2, D (stop Schwarzenbergplatz), tram J (stop Bösendorferstraße).

To get to the school from the airport take the shuttle bus to the Hotel Hilton (runs every 20 minutes). Change to underground U4 (direction "Hütteldorf") and get off at "Karlsplatz". From there it is only 2 minutes walk.

32. How much are tickets for public transport?

A ticket for a week is € 12.50, a ticket for 1 month is € 45.00, a one-way ticket is € 1.50

33. How much money will I be spending approximately per week?

You will be spending approx. € 75 per week on food, tickets for public transport, admission fees etc. If you go out a lot, for example to the movies or the theatre, you will of course be spending more. A movie ticket is about € 7.30, a ticket for the theatre ? 15, and a ticket for the Vienna Opera costs from € 36, standing-room tickets cost from € 3.63.

34. Where can I get cheap meals?

Just around the corner of the school you will find two self-service restaurants, a couple of student restaurants and many restaurants which offer cheap lunch. Please ask at the reception or see the notice board in the hall for detailed information.

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