Learning German

To really understand the country and its people, knowledge of the German language is essential. Here are some tips regarding providers of German courses, information points and funding opportunities in Innsbruck.

LANGUAGE CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF INNSBRUCK

The Language Centre offers German courses during academic terms. Furthermore, in July and August intensive language courses for German are held. Registration for the summer term (course period: March to July) takes place in mid-February, for the winter term (course period: October to January) in mid-September and for the intensive language courses of the summer months of July and August, registration takes place from March to June. For specific course contents, deadlines, prices and registration modes, please refer to the Language Centre website.

An interesting way to improve your German language skills and learn more about the country and its people is the study buddy partnership programme. With its help, a language learner with one particular mother tongue can find a learner with another mother tongue so they can work together to improve their foreign language skills. For further information, click here.

INTEGRATION UNIT OF THE STATE OF TIROL (= JUFF)

On the website of the Integration Unit you will find a current list of providers of German courses in Innsbruck.

A very nice compilation of all the important information and addresses for immigrants is offered by the „Tyrol for Beginners“ brochure, which is available in several languages both online and in printed form from JUFF .

AUSTRIAN INTEGRATION FUND (= ÖIF)

In addition to all the information on ÖIF-certified language courses for the fulfilment of an integration agreement, here you will also find a language portal, which offers free online exercises and learning materials for learning German on your own. Further assistance for migrants and immigrants can be found at the Tyrol Integration Centre of the ÖIF.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES

  • For University Employees
    Please contact the Personnel Development team for any issues regarding support for German language courses.
  • Integration Agreement:
    For a refund of the course costs as part of an integration agreement, please contact the ÖIF
  • Non-working Persons with Main Residence in Tyrol
    Up to approx. 50% of the course costs can be reimbursed by the State of Tyrol for those who are not obliged to fulfil an integration agreement, are not employed, but live permanently and legally in Tyrol.
  • Employed Persons with Main Residence in Tyrol
    For working immigrants, a reimbursement of approx. 30% of the course costs is possible through the Employment Market Promotion unit within the framework of the „Bildungsgeld update“ („Financial Support for Education Update“) programme.
  • Jobseekers / Unemployed Persons
    Jobseekers or unemployed people may receive funding from the ams (= Public Employment Service) for German language courses. Please contact the ams Tirol office in Innsbruck directly.
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