Intensive German Courses

Here you will find answers to your questions about our Intensive German Courses.

 


General Questions about the Intensive Courses (Selection of Courses and Placement)

Who can participate?

Anyone who is interested and over 17 years of age can participate.

Are these courses right for me?

Our courses are for adults and are tailored to meet the needs of experienced learners. Our courses are renowned for their high level of learning standards and continual class participation. This enables participants to achieve an accelerated learning curve.

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How long do the courses last?

You can book a course either for three or six weeks. Unfortunately, a shorter course is not available. Classes are from Monday to Friday from 09:00 am to 12:30 am, including a 30-minute break.

What courses are there? What levels are there?

Here you can find a list of our three or six-week German courses.

How many participants are in the courses?

On average, there are about 15 people in each course. The number of participants is limited to 23 in order to be able to ensure an environment conductive to learning, and the provision of individual support from the teaching staff.

Who are the instructors? Who will be my instructor?

Our instructors are highly motivated and academically qualified with many years of teaching experience and a high level of didactic competence. The latest teaching methods are continuously incorporated into the lesson plans.

Will all four skills be taught?

Yes, the classes are designed to develop your listening and reading comprehension, writing as well as oral skills. The learning objectives and content of the courses are based on the level requirements of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Which level is right for me? Which course is right for me?

You would like to assess your language level in order to find the best course?
This is how it works:

Do I have to take the online placement test? Do I have to provide proof of my knowledge of German?

No. The placement test is not a requirement. However, it can help you find the right course.

Can I switch courses?

Yes. With the permission and help of your teacher, you can switch into a new course during the first two days of the course.

Are costs for the course book included in the course fees?

Yes. The course books are included in the course fees.


General Questions about Accommodation (Student Residencies, Arrival, Check-in, Check-out)

Where can I stay during the courses?

We are happy to organise accommodation in student residencies for the duration of your course. You can choose between the Kolpinghaus and the Tirolerheim.

When can I check in?

You can move in to the student residencies on the Sunday before the course begins. The check-in time for the Tirolerheim is 12:00 am - 06:00 pm and for the Kolpinghaus 05:00 pm - 10:00 pm. For alternative arrival times, please contact us in advance.

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Do I have to pay a deposit for the key?

Yes. The deposit for the key is € 100,-. The deposit must be paid in cash at the check-in. After you return the key when checking out, you will receive the amount back in cash.

When do I have to check out of the student residencies?

Check out for the Tirolerheim is on Friday (the last day of the course), for the Kolpinghaus on Saturday morning (the day after the end of the course).

How do I get from the student residencies to the Language Centre?

There are bus and tram stops located in the immediate vicinity of both student residencies. There are very good connections to the Language Centre and to the city centre (via Innsbruck public transport). Travel time is about 10 minutes.

Is there parking at the student residencies?

Yes. The student residencies have parking spaces available for a fee.

Can I book some extra nights?

You can book extra nights if rooms are available. Please contact the office for more information.


Registration and Deregistration (and Cancellations)

When can I register for the courses?

You can register for the Intensive German Courses starting in February until just before the courses begin.

How can I register and pay for the Intensive German Courses?

You can either register directly at the Language Centre and pay there with ATM card, credit card or cash, or you can fill out the form online and pay with PayPal or with bank transfer.
For payment with PayPal, please send the total amount to quaestur@uibk.ac.at or transfer the amount to the following bank account:

Recipient: Universität Innsbruck | Bank: Hypo Tirol Bank | Reference: KE 124001/Last name of participant | IBAN: AT16 5700 0210 1113 0640 | BIC: HYPTAT22

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I would like to cancel my registration in the course. How can I do that?

Please send us an e-mail at least three weeks before the start of the course if you wish to withdraw from the course. You will be refunded the amount paid minus the € 70,- processing fee.

If you have also booked accommodation, the conditions of the respective student residency apply. You can find the cancellation conditions for our Intensive German Courses in our General Terms and Conditions.

I am already in a course, but I would like to cancel it. What can I do?

Please let us know if you can no longer attend the course. We will then inform your instructor. Unfortunately, a refund of the course fee is not possible after the start of the course.

Where can I find the general terms and conditions?

You can find the General Terms and Conditions here.


Certificates, Exams and ECTS Credits

Is there a final exam in the Intensive German Courses? When does the exam take place?

Yes. There will be an exam on the last Thursday before the end of every course.

What will be tested and how is the final exam evaluated?

The final exam consists of a written and a speaking part. The written part includes a listening comprehension section, a reading comprehension section and a writing section. The oral part assesses your speaking skills. All four skills are equally weighted. To pass the exam, you must pass each part (at least 60 per cent).

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Do I get a course certificate after completing the course? How do I get that certificate?

Yes. You will receive a course certificate on the last day of the course. In order to receive the course certificate you must be present at least 80 per cent of the course, and you must take the final exam.

Is the course certificate accepted everywhere?

Each institute can decide if the course certificate is accepted or not. Please enquire in advance at the respective institution to see if it will be accepted or not.

How many ECTS credits can I get for the Intensive German Courses?

You will receive four ECTS credits for a three-week course. Remember, you must be present at least 80 per cent of the course and pass the final exam.

How do I receive ECTS credits for my study programme? How does that work?

Your university will decide on how the ECTS credits will be accredited. Please ask your university if the certificates from the Language Centre of the University of Innsbruck are recognised.

Is attendance required in the courses?

No. But please keep in mind that you will only receive a course certificate if you are present for at least 80 per cent of the course.

Can I receive a certificate of attendance even if I have not taken the exam?

Yes. If you are present for at least 70 per cent of the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. In order to obtain a certificate of attendance it is not necessary to take the final exam. You can, however, still sit the final exam if desired.

Can I also take the ÖSD exam?

Yes. During the Intensive German Courses, we offer two ÖSD exam dates.


Leisure Activities

What other offers are there in addition to the German courses? Are there also leisure activities?

In addition to our German courses in the mornings, we offer the course participants a wide range of leisure activities in the afternoon. On a tour through the city of Innsbruck, you will get to know the sights of the city that hosted the Olympics three times. Local hikes, swimming in Tyrolean lakes, beach volleyball and much more are also examples of our leisure programme.

Do you have to pay to participate in the leisure activities?

In a nutshell, no. We are happy to organise a varied programme for our course participants free of charge. However, you will have to pay for the use of public transport or entrance fees on your own.

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How can I sign up for the leisure activities?

You can sign up directly in the course office.

When can I find out the exact details about the leisure activities?

The details of the leisure activities will be set about three weeks before the course starts. All participants will receive further information in a separate brochure by e-mail.


Miscellaneous

Where do most of the participants come from and how old are they?

The participants come from many different countries. On average, people from about 25 difference countries attend our courses in any given year. The minimum age is 17, but most participants are between 18 and 25 years old. 

How much money will I need?

The OeAD (Österreichischer Austauschdienst/Austrian Exchange Services) estimates the cost of living per month for a typical student as follows:

- Food: € 220,-
- Public transport: € 30,- to € 50,-
- Studies and other expenses: € 270,-

These figures are averaged. Depending on individual needs, the actual expenses may vary significantly.

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Is there Wifi in the Language Centre? How can I access it?

You will receive the access codes for the Wifi at the University of Innsbruck in the course office.

Do I need a visa?

Please ask the Austrian Embassy in your home country if you need a visa and how to get one.



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