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Language requirements for Erasmus+ students

Please be aware that you will need to be able to understand, speak and write German at least at an adequate level if you wish to study at the University of Vienna. With the exception of only certain fields of study, the courses are held in German.

The International Office of your home university has information on the required language skills for your field of study at the University of Vienna. Every agreement for Erasmus+ student exchange that we have signed with your home university, contains details regarding the recommended language level.

Erasmus+ students who wish to study at the University of Vienna do not need to have an official language certificate (exception: Translation Studies). However, during the online nomination procedure your home university must confirm sufficient language skills when taking up your studies at the University of Vienna.

Courses not taught in German

Exchange students who find a sufficient amount of courses not taught in German in their field of study may basically study at the University of Vienna even without any knowledge of German. To prevent misunderstandings please discuss this option with your mobility coordinator. However, we strongly recommend at least basic German skills in order to find your way around in Vienna.

More information about courses not taught in German

Courses related to Austria

Are you interested in obtaining more profound knowledge in Austrian culture/history?

Exchange students may attend free courses related to Austria independent of their nominated field of study:

Courses related to Austria (winter semester 2018/19)

Please note that you will have to follow the regular registration procedure in case you would like to attend such a course.

Normally your mobility coordinator can confirm these courses on your Learning Agreement. If this is not possible or if there are any other problems relating to these courses, please bring your Learning Agreement and the above-mentioned list to us to the International Office.

German language courses

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

If you would like to study German, you can register for a German language course at the Language Center of the University of Vienna ('Sprachenzentrum der Universität Wien').

More information regarding German courses

Tandem language learning

The Language Center of the University of Vienna provides a „Language Swap“ (Tandem) for students who want to search for tandem partner free of charge. The organisation of the language exchange has to be done independently.

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) also offers a language tandem service free of charge via Facebook: tandem group ESN.

Further language courses

The Language Center of the University of Vienna also offers various fee-based courses in languages other than German. Incoming students get a discount of 25 % on the regular course price of those as well (with the confirmation of your exchange at the University of Vienna).


General email address for Erasmus+ Incomings:

Skype: erasmus_incoming_1
upon arrangement via email

Opening hours

Katharina Ferrando
Erasmus+ Incoming
Tel.: +43 1-4277-18215

Roman Schett
Erasmus+ Incoming
Tel.: +43 1-4277-18202

Maria Risku
Erasmus+ Incoming
Tel.: +43 1-4277-18250

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