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University Preparation & Enrolment Guidance

Learn German for your studies

The programme is directed at high school graduates who would like to study in Austria. In the German course you perfect your knowledge of German. The ActiLingua university expert advises you on the right choice of university and the enrolment process, and can also help you regarding registration at a suitable private/public university or university of applied sciences in Austria with Bachelor or Master degree programmes.


Preparatory German Course
  • 12-36 weeks recommended
  • Visa D: 24 weeks, extension possible
  • absolute beginners at least 36 weeks
  • advanced learners 8-11 weeks
  • 18 % long-term discount for courses longer than 12 weeks (already included in the price list)

You are welcome to take the ActiLingua assessment test to determine your German level. We will gladly advise you on the duration of your German course.

A certificate preparation course in addition to your German course prepares you for taking an official German language exam. OSD (Austrian German Language Diploma) Zertifikat B2 or C1 can be recognized by Austrian and some German universities as sufficient language entrance requirements. Our university advisor will inform you about the Austrian system of higher education in two tutorials and assist you in choosing the right university and study programme.

University Enrolment Guidance

In addition to University Preparation you can also book our Enrolment Guidance. Before you come to Austria and start your German course at ActiLingua Academy, we will check if your internationally acquired diplomas could qualify for admission at an Austrian university. We will advise you regarding registration at a public/private university, a university of applied sciences or a University Preparation Programme. You can also choose a university with English study programmes in Austria.

Study Requirements

For EU, EEA or Swiss nationals:

  • High school diploma (legally attested and with certified translation)
  • Proof of German knowledge of at least A2 level at the time of application.
  • After German course at ActiLingua proof of sufficient knowledge of German: OSD Zertifikat B2 or C1.

Citizens of other nations applying at public Austrian universities ADDITIONALLY need:

  • Confirmation (legally attested and with certified translation) of a recognized/accredited university in your home country that you fulfil the requirements for studying:
    • in the same field of studies as you would like to study in Austria and
    • for the period of time you want to study in Austria.

This confirmation is not required if you enrol at a private university

Visa information

  • Entry without visa:
    EU citizens and students from Iceland, Norway and Switzerland
  • Non-EU citizens:
    Student visa (3-6 months) and residence permit have to be applied for in the country of origin.

If needed, we can send you further information about visa regulations.


  • Duration: approx. 3-5 years
  • Title: Bachelor or Master
  • Start of studies: October or March
  • Main universities in Vienna:
    • University of Vienna
    • Vienna University of Economics & Business
    • University of Technology Vienna.
  • Private universities, universities of applied sciences and conservartories on demand.
  • Study fees: EUR 750.- to 1,500.- per year at public universities. Private universities on demand (approx. EUR 10,000.- to 30,000.- per year.)

Entrance exams

at Austrian universities

  • admission restrictions at some public universities or universities of applied sciences
  • entrance exams for highly popular degree courses e.g. medicine, biology, pharmaceutics, psychology, business economics
  • supplementary exams (e.g. maths) are required at some universities.

Admission and starting dates university

  • Winter semester: September-January
  • Summer semester: February-June
  • Start and admission periods differ at all universities. An earlier pre-registration might be required.

Lessons:20 or 30 lessons (Standard or Intensive) per week 
+ culture/special interest programme (5)
+ 8 lessons exam preparation course and
2 tutorials
Group size:8-10 (max. 12)
Starting Dates:Every Monday. Total beginners see below.
Starting Dates Beginners:04.11.2019 /  02.12.2019 /  07.01.2020 /  03.02.2020 /  
02.03.2020 /  30.03.2020 /  04.05.2020 /  02.06.2020 /  
06.07.2020 /  03.08.2020 /  31.08.2020 /  28.09.2020 /  
02.11.2020 /  30.11.2020 /  04.01.2021
Starting dates
Exam Course:
04.11.2019 (exam: 14.11.2019 & 15.11.2019) /  20.01.2020 (exam: 30.01.2020 & 31.01.2020) /  02.03.2020 (exam: 12.03.2020 & 13.03.2020) /  04.05.2020 (exam: 14.05.2020 & 15.05.2020) /  
06.07.2020 (exam: 16.07.2020 & 17.07.2020) /  20.07.2020 (exam: 30.07.2020 & 31.07.2020) /  03.08.2020 (exam: 13.08.2020 & 14.08.2020) /  07.09.2020 (exam: 17.09.2020 & 18.09.2020) /  
02.11.2020 (exam: 12.11.2020 & 13.11.2020)
Duration:8-52 weeks
Minimum age:16 years

Class time schedule

Standard Course:
09:00 am – 12:15 pm or 02:15 – 05:30 pm
You will be informed about your exact schedule on your first day of school.

Prices 2019

Standard Course

25 lessons8 weeks10 weeksEXTRA week
12 weeks24 weeksEXTRA week
Tuition only€ 1460,-€ 1800,-€ 170,-€ 1828,-€ 3556,-€ 144,-
Tuition + Residence Standard twin€ 2668,-€ 3310,-€ 321,-€ 3640,-€ 7180,-€ 295,-
Tuition + Residence Standard single€ 3124,-€ 3880,-€ 378,-€ 4324,-€ 8548,-€ 352,-
Tuition + Residence Standard twin for single use€ 3380,-€ 4200,-€ 4708,-€ 12028,-€ 384,-
Tuition + Residence Superior 1 person€ 4540,-€ 5650,-€ 555,-€ 6448,-€ 12796,-€ 529,-
Tuition + Residence Superior 2 persons€ 3628,-€ 4510,-€ 555,-€ 5080,-€ 10060,-€ 529,-
Tuition + Student Apartment/Family/Student house shared€ 2500,-€ 3100,-€ 300,-€ 3388,-€ 6676,-€ 274,-
Tuition + Student Apartment/Family/Student house single€ 3044,-€ 3780,-€ 368,-€ 4204,-€ 8308,-€ 342,-

Supplement to course as booked

University Preparation238.00
Enrolment Guidance490.00course 8-52 weeks

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German course
  • Standard Course: In 20 German lessons per week (1 lesson = 45 minutes) you improve your general knowledge of German.
    Intensive Course: 30 German lessons per week: 20 lessons Standard Course + 10 lessons in very small learngroups of max. 8 students.
  • 5 lessons cultural/special interest programme per week: e.g. Vienna guided tours; talks and videos about Austrian music, art, history, literature and architecture; Viennese Waltz course; parties; sports
  • Accommodation as booked (use of kitchen included)
  • ActiLingua Certificate
  • ActiLingua vocabulary book
  • Course books may be borrowed for the whole course. Books can be bought at a 50% discount from the school office.
  • Use of computers, books, CDs, DVDs and magazines in the multimedia library
  • Student service at the school office, Monday - Friday
  • Free internet access & free WiFi
  • Student manual with interesting tips on Vienna
  • ActiLingua Card entitling holder to discounts at a number of museums, theatres, restaurants and shops
Included in University Preparation:
  • 8 group lessons exam preparation
  • University entrance exam (OSD) B2 or C1 examination fee
  • 2 free tutorials: Help with choice of study programme and university with the ActiLingua university advisor
Included in Enrolment Guidance:
  • Schedule for the path to your studies and visa support.
  • Guidance for submitting of enrolment documents at 1-3 Austrian universities or for University Preparation Programme (Vorstudienlehrgang).
  • Only possible in combination with University Preparation.
Surcharge Intensive Course (8-11 Weeks)EUR 123.-per week
Surcharge Intensive Course (12-52 Weeks)EUR 113.-per week
Study fees (must be paid to the university)EUR 382 - EUR 745.-per semester
High season surcharge
(05.07. - 29.08.2020)
EUR 56.-per week
BreakfastEUR 49.-per week
Half-boardEUR 131.-per week
Transfer (from airport/station)EUR 40.-one way
Travel insurance packageEUR 18.-per week
Cancellation insurance4 %of total amount
Public transport (subject to change)EUR 17.10per week


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