No, you can only attend courses with an admission letter from a Viennese university that states one or more supplementary examinations.
Students from certain countries on the VWU country list, students who are also asylum seekers, recognized refugees and students with subsidiary protection in Austria, as well as students with supplementary tests from another subject if they already have advanced German language skills.
My admission letter states additional subjects other than German. Can I register directly at the VWU center in Sechshauser Straße?
No. Please register at one of the cooperation partners – for example us, die Berater®. If your placement test shows advanced German skills you will be transfered to the VWU and get your course fee refunded.
I have to do supplementary examinations in German and other subjects. What level of German do I need in order to do the subject courses at VWU?
You need to have advanced knowledge of German (level FG or WF). You enrol at a cooperation partner, for example us, and take the entry test here. In case your knowledge of German is sufficient you will be transfered to VWU for all courses.
After booking an appointment online, the in-person registration is at die Berater®, Handelskai 388, 1020 Vienna.
- University admissions letter
- Money for course fee and material costs (To be paid by card. Payment in cash or installments is not possible.)
No. You have to book your appointment slot online but the appointment itself must take place in-person at our insitute in Vienna.
Payment at the institute: You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Online payment: Your registration confirmation will be ready to download from our Moodle platform after you’ve registered and paid for the course.
Payment at the institute: You will receive the confirmation right away.
Online payment: You will get the confirmation after registering at your course institution. The confirmation will be ready to download on our Moodle platform.
Early registrations: The confirmation will only be available after the official registration start date.
It’s a reduced fee at VWU that applies to some countries, students with asylum status and students with subjects that already have advanced knowledge of German.
You will be allocated a course that corresponds to your language skills. You can submit a preference until the day of your placement test. We will then try our best to fulfill your wish but please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee a preferred course time; you might still be allocated to a different slot.
I already have a German certificate for a certain CEFR level, do I still need to do the placement test?
Yes! Every student has to take a placement test so we can properly assess your existing language skills and make sure you are allocated to the right course.
The test consists of a written part (60 mins), followed by a short oral exam (10 mins).
Why are the courses not linked with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)?
Courses of the Preparation Programme prepare you for the supplementary examination that tests the language skills needed to successfully complete your studies at a Viennese university. These skills cannot be described by the CEFR. You can find details to course levels in the Preparation Programme here.
The courses take place from Mondays to Fridays. You will receive a detailed schedule at the beginning of the semester. You must attend at least 70% of course lessons each semester.
Blended learning means a mix between in-classroom and online lessons. Mondays are online at our institute, from Tuesday to Friday lessons are in-classroom. Our lessons are also supported by online material on our learning platform, Moodle.
In any bookshop or on the internet. Bookshops in Austria can also order the books for you if they do not have them in stock.
Progress tests can also be called bonus tests. If you pass these tests during the semester, you will only have to pass a speaking test at the end of the semester and will be excused from the written part of the test. Bonus tests account for part of the EPD exam only at the VWU center; this exception does not apply to the cooperation partners.
You can find your course confirmation on our Moodle platform after the course has ended.
Supplementary Exam German (EPD)
You will find out all about the test’s content and structure on our learning platform and during the course.
No, you can keep attending the courses for up to four semesters in total before you take the EPD.
In some cases, a fifth or sixth semester may be approved by the VWU commission.
Yes, you can. However, you need an official letter of admission from the university to register for the exam.
Can I provide other proof of language proficiency instead of completing the university preparation programme?
Yes, you can. However, once the EPD is required in your university admission letter or you are registered for a university preparation programme course you have to prove your German skills by passing the EPD.
Staying in Austria
No, you have to seek accommodation on your own.
For details on visas for Austria please click here. Make sure to plan your entry to Austria according to enrolment deadlines.
No. Registration is in-person in Vienna, therefore you have to be in Austria to register for a course.
Enrolment after the course start is not possible. You have to wait until the enrolment period for the upcoming semester opens. Note that there might be serious issues with migration authorities so please plan your entry carefully beforehand.
Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Contact die Berater® directly or send your question using this form: