Proficiency in German

In order to be admitted to a degree programme at the University of Vienna you have to prove sufficient knowledge of German. The decision if and on which level you have to provide proficiency in German is made by the responsible Director of the Doctoral Study Programme (DSPL) and will be specified in the letter of admission.

Further information on accepted language diplomas etc. can be found here.

If you are in a programme which does not require the knowledge of German, you may notice however that it will make life much easier if you speak at least some German.

Please notice, that some of the PhD programmes demand a certain level of English knowledge. This is specified in the respective study programme. 

German Courses

In the following we would like to mention some places where you can attend German courses:

Language Centre of the University of Vienna | Sprachenzentrum der Universität Wien
The Language Centre of the University of Vienna offers courses at all levels, including intensive courses during the summer months as well as in February. Please check the website of the Language Centre for further information:

The Austrian National Union of Students | ÖH
The ÖH offers intensive German courses for a relatively low price. You can find information on their website.


Further institutions offering German courses are for example


Österreichische Orient Gesellschaft:

Deutsch Akademie:


.... and many more.