You are expected to be at school at 8.30 a.m. on Monday for the allocation of your course: ActiLingua Academy, Reisnerstraße 61, 1030 Wien.
Public transport to the school:
- Schnellbahn (suburban rail network) station: "Rennweg" (S1,2,3,7,15).
- U-Bahn (underground) U4/U3: "Landstraßer Hauptstraße" station and U1, U2, U3 station "Karlsplatz", 3 minutes walk to Schwarzenbergplatz, tram "71" to station "Rennweg".
- Tram "O": stop "Rennweg".
Please send us your completed placement test by fax, e-mail or mail at least one week prior to the commencement of your course. Otherwise, it is possible that tuition will be delayed until Tuesday.
Your first course day:
- Please bring your passport, a copy of your proof of payment and the Voucher.
- You will receive books and other relevant documents at school. We recommend you bring a dictionary.
- You are informed of your exact schedule on the first day of classes. You will have lessons either in the morning or in the afternoon, depending on your course level.
- Information and tourist office:
Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna (9.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.), Tel.: 24 555.
- Banks: In Vienna banks are open
Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. and from 1.30 p.m. - 3.00
p.m., on Thursday until 5.30 p.m. Money can be changed and eurocheques
or traveler-cheques can be cashed in every bank.
The nearest bank branches to the school are: ERSTE (Fasangasse 1) and Bank Austria (Rennweg 33).
You will find a cashpoint/ATM on Rennweg (Rennweg 44). You can withdraw money there 24 hours a day.
- Credit cards: VisaCard and Mastercard are accepted in many shops and restaurants. Some also accept American Express.
- Post office: There are post offices in every district of Vienna. The main post offices are located at railway stations. The nearest post office to the school is: Hafengasse 24 or Marokkanergasse 17. Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Telephone: We recommend using a "Telefonwertkarte" (phone card, available at all post offices and tobacconists) for international calls. The cards are available in denominations of EUR 3,60 or EUR 6,90.
- Voltage: 220 V / 50 Hz.
- Public transport: Vienna has an underground system (U-Bahn), trams, buses and a suburban rail network (Schnellbahn). The transport network is very efficient. Tickets are available at all tobacconists and at ticket-offices in the underground station. There are weekly tickets (EUR 15,00), monthly tickets (EUR 45,00), 24-h Vienna tickets (EUR 6,70), Vienna shopping tickets (EUR 5,40 valid for one day from Mon - Sat 8.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m.) and single tickets (EUR 2,00 when purchased in advance).
Taxis are not particularly expensive in Vienna and are affordable for night-owls - especially as public transport does not operate regularly after midnight. There are taxi ranks almost everywhere, and one can also order a taxi by telephone from a cafe or restaurant: 31 300 or 60 160. In addition, there are night buses leaving from the centre (Schwedenplatz) to all areas of Vienna. Cost: EUR 2,20 /ride when bought in the night bus. 24-h/weekly and monthly tickets are valid on the night bus too.
- Parking situation: In the districts 1 to 9, 12, 14 to 17 and 20, from Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. the max. permitted parking period is 2 hours. Short stay parking tickets are available in most tobacconists, at some banks and at public transport ticket counters. Half an hour cost EUR 1. Free parking spaces can be found throughout the districts 10, 11, 13, 18, 19 and 21 to 23. Careful: Not all parking spaces are free - short term parking zones are marked with special colours. It is also possible to park in one of the many underground car parks. The Vienna University of Technology garage in Operngasse, 1010 Vienna, for instance, costs approx. EUR 3,50 per hour.
- Currency: The currency in Austria is the Euro (EUR). There are bank notes in the denominations EUR 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500; coins are available in the denominations EUR 0,01, 0,02, 0,05, 0,10, 0,20, 0,50, 1 and 2. 1 Euro is 100 Cent.
- Water: The tap water in Austria is potable and tastes excellent.
- Tipping: Please note that in bars, restaurants and other venues a tip of approx. 5-10% of the total sum is expected.
- Shopping hours: Normal opening
hours are Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (some shops also
until 8.00 p.m.) and Saturdays until 5.00 p.m. On Thursdays, on big
shopping streets and shopping centres, shops are open until 9.00 p.m.,
on Saturdays until 6 p.m. Shops are closed on Sundays and public
Grocery stores open on Sundays: Airport Vienna-Schwechat (7.30 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.), railway station "Praterstern" and "Franz Josefsbahnhof" (9.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.), railway station "Westbahnhof" and "Südbahnhof" (5.30 a.m. to 11 p.m.).
- Clothing: We recommend you bring clothing for warm and cold weather in both summer and winter.
- Newspapers: Foreign newspapers are available at railway stations and larger newsagents. There is also a selection of current newspapers at the school.
On the first day of your course you are given a welcome kit. It contains
a student manual with loads of information on Vienna, sightseeing,
leisure, sports and useful tips.
It also contains your personal ActiLingua Card, which entitles you to a number of discounts at various museums, theatres, restaurants and shops.
You can find a daily programme for the city (cinema, theatre, concerts,..) in every newspaper. A monthly calendar of events is available at the school.