Each year, thousands of travellers, students and expats learn German in Vienna. Some travellers just want an hour of key German phrases in a local coffeehouse. Students and expats are usually after in-depth language courses. I have listed the best schools and private teaching resources to kick start your search.
Learn German in Vienna. The most individual way to learn German is to handpick your own teacher and personal schedule. Culture travellers will not require the same ‘treatment’ as university students. On top, studying with a teacher who shares your interests is much more fun. There are great platforms like Teacher Finder, which match you with an experienced teacher in Vienna, often within hours. Clients usually meet their teachers in their preferred environment, whether their own homes or a quiet corner of a Wiener Kaffeehaus. Lessons over Skype have become equally popular. Teachers arrange timings and logistics directly with you by email, and you can pay them onsite or electronically (their fee is EUR 25 per hour). Find a German teacher in Vienna.
IPSA Private Lessons
Learn German in Vienna. Private German lessons can be booked either stand-alone or in addition to the schools’ Intensive German Language Courses. Your German teacher will study with you when you want, and what you want, from Grammar and pronunciation to conversation and business German. Lessons are mostly based on the course system of the Goethe-Institute.
IPSA (Worldwide Consortium of Universities, Colleges and Language Schools) Private German Lessons; visit website for further information;
Berlitz Total Immersion© Private German Course
Learn German in Vienna. Berlitz’ offer is the Ferrari among German private language courses in Vienna. Their Total Immersion© one-to-one course is one of the fastest ways to learn German. It uses a method of effectively learning a language that was developed with the psychological institute of McGill University in Montreal. You will speak German at least half of your time with the teacher during 12 units of lessons per day, between one and six weeks. You will think, listen, talk and even lunch in German (with your teacher) every day. Visit website.
Learn German In Vienna: Courses
Here is a selection of both fun and effective intensive language courses:
Berlitz Group Instruction German Courses
Learn German in Vienna. Berlitz is well known as the premier language school among professionals in Vienna. It offers group courses in various sizes (2 to 3; 4 to 6; 7 to 9 people). The school uses its own developed way of teaching languages, the Berlitz Method©, which makes students think and talk in the foreign language right from the start. No repetitive grammar drill. Courses take place for about 3 hours each morning. Visit website.
IPSA Intensive German Course
Learn German in Vienna. If you are serious about learning German, IPSA (Worldwide Consortium of Universities, Colleges and Language Schools) offers an intensive German training course for international students, executives and diplomats. (UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reportedly studied German at this school.) The intensive course with 20 lessons a week sweeps beginners and advanced German students through a course programme on seven different course levels that is based on the Goethe-Institute’s course system. With only 8 to 9 students in each class, your individual learning interests also get covered more easily. The minimum age for all courses is 16 years. See website.
Alpha Intensive German Course (from one week)
Learn German in Vienna. This course gets you prepared for various German exam levels (Goethe Institue, OESD, WBT, UNIV. Freiburg, University Entrance Exam). Courses take place every morning from Monday to Friday for almost three hours each day, between 1 and 52 weeks, depending on your individual target. You can also top up your course with phonetics and multimedia lessons, and lessons about people and culture, and film. Most of the international participants who learn German in Vienna at the Alpha school are between 20 and 35 years old. Visit website.
Actilingua Intensive German Course (from two weeks)
Learn German in Vienna. This is another crash course that takes you through the fast lane. You take six lessons every morning or afternoon for 2 to 11 weeks. You can earn your Austrian German Diploma (OESD) at various levels. The multinational groups include 5 to 12 participants at an average age of 18 to 35 years and are suitable for all levels. Find out more on the website.
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