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Language Requirements

Please note that you will need to be able to understand, speak and write German at an adequate level if you want to study at the University of Vienna.
Most of the courses are held in German. The following departments usually also offer some courses in English: Business, Law, English and American Studies, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Philosophy etc.

Exchange students who wish to study at the University of Vienna generally do not need an official language test.

Exception:
If you would like to take courses in English and American Studies, you need to submit a proof of your English language skills (at least B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference)

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics also requires a B2 certificate in English, or alternatively a TOEFL (minimum 80) or IELTS (minimum 6) exam.

Courses taught in English and other languages

Students who do not have sufficient knowledge of German should inform themselves thoroughly about the courses offered in other languages in their field of study. Please mind that, with the exception of only a few fields of study, courses are mainly taught in German.

Are there enough courses taught in English in your field of study?

The easiest way to find out whether there are enough courses taught in English in your field of study is to click on your study programme in the course catalogue u:find (for example "Bachelor Degree Programme Business Administration"). Courses taught in English are marked with a blue button labelled "en".

You can also find them entering the following command (without brackets, with blank characters).

  • For courses taught in English during the winter semester: lang:en SPL [XX] [year]W
    Example for courses held in English from Social and Cultural Anthropology during the winter semester 2015: lang:en SPL 24 2015 W
  • For courses taught in English during the summer semester: lang:eng SPL [XX] [year]S

Sometimes one Directorate of Studies (SPL) lists several fields of study, like for example SPL 4 Business, Economics and Statistics, which lists Business Administration, International Business Administration, Statistics and Economics as fields of study. In order to filter courses taught in English, enter the following command: 

  • „[year] [W or S] lang:en +sge:[field of study]“

This command is only available searching for "courses" and the field of study must be entered in German (no English terms available). Example: Example for courses from Statistics taught in English during the winter semester 2015: 2015 W lang:en +sge:Statistik

If your study programme is within a Directorate of Studies (SPL) which lists several fields of study, it is the easiest way to just click on your study programme (for example Bachelor Degree Programme Business Administration). Courses taught in other English are marked with a blue button labelled "en".

Courses taught in other languages

Courses taught in other languages but German are marked with a blue button indicating the language of instruction (i.e. "en" for English).

You can also find courses taught in other languages than German entering the following command in the course catalogue u:find (without brackets, with blank caracters):

  • "lang:[ISO-Code of the language] SPL [XX] [year][W or S]"

"SPL" is the number of your Directorate of Studies (Studienprogrammleitung, for example SPL 21 for Policial Studies). Example for courses taught in English in Political Sciences during the winter semester 2015: lang:en SPL 21 2015 W

ISO-Codes are listed here. Examples:

  • lang:en for courses taught in English (see below)
  • lang:it for courses taught in Italian
  • lang:fr for courses taught in French
  • lang:es for courses taught in Spanish

If your study programme is within a Directorate of Studies (SPL) which lists several fields of study, it is the easiest way to just click on your study programme (for example Bachelor Degree Programme Business Administration). Courses taught in other languages than German are marked with a blue button indicating the language of instruction.

German courses

Please note that there are no German language courses offered at the department of German Philology.

If you wish to improve your German language skills in preparation of your stay or during the semester, you can register for a German language course at the Language Center of the University of Vienna ('Sprachenzentrum der Universität Wien'). They regularly offer the following courses for Non-EU incoming students:

  • Preparatory Intensive Courses in February and September
  • Semester course for incoming students winter and summer semester
  • Semester Intensive Course, winter and summer semester
  • Trimester Courses from October-December, January-March or April-June

Information regarding the course offer, registration and reductions for exchange students can be found here.

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