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German Gap Year in Vienna

The main emphasis is placed on improving your general German and your communication skills. Lessons in grammar and conversation help you with syntax and vocabulary building. You practice formal and informal letter writing, and work on listening and reading comprehension.


Vienna has a broad appeal. Landmarks such as St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Imperial Palace and of course the Spanish Riding School sit comfortably in a city equally renowned for a love of modern art, innovative theatre and a buzzing student scene. Set on the River Danube, the city offers a superb, and safe public transport system with trains, the underground and tram networks, making it an easy place to explore.


German Course Details

Levels offered Beginner to Advanced
Minimum age 17
Course duration 12+ weeks
Alternative courses 1 week+ 
Number of lessons 20 or 30 lessons per week
Lesson duration 45 minutes
Maximum per class 12 students
  • Classes are held Monday to Friday each week
  • Preparation for German language exams (optional, not included in course fees)

Start Dates 2022

 Beginners  Once a month
 All other levels  Each Monday

# The school is closed on public holidays and over Christmas

Vienna Plus Points

  • Located in the Embassy district, the Vienna language school is just 15 mins from Stephansplatz.
  • Offering students a chance to prepare for the Austrian German Diploma (OSD), the school is an official examination centre.
  • Providing a wide range of social activities to enable students to get to know the city and local region

Vienna: School trip

Vienna: Students together

Vienna: City tour

Prices 2022

 Languages for Life  20 lessons pr week
 12 wks    € 1904.00  16 wks   € 2504.00
 24 wks    € 3704.00  36 wks   € 5504.00
 CESA Fee: € 60.00 per person
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 Languages for Life  30 lessons pr week
 12 wks    € 3308.00  16 wks   € 4376.00
 24 wks    € 6512.00  36 wks   € 9716.00
 CESA Fee: € 60.00 per person
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German Course Content

The school in Vienna provides a communicative approach where teachers aim to animate the students and get them to speak as much as possible. The teachers continuously correct students and encourage them to repeat, remember and do better next time.
Grammar is never studied in isolation, rather, it is built into informative and stimulating texts that provide valuable cultural, political and historical background (adding some zest to the joy that is grammar study!).

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Lessons revolve around free class discussion, role-playing and conversation to help develop verbal expression, vocabulary and good sentence construction. The work of each group is tailored to each class’s ability level in German.

The German Gap Year language course ensures rapid acquisition and long-term retention of key German language skills and also covers a range of topics on modern day Germany (cultural, social and economic). Oral and written German language skills are developed and enhanced throughout these long term courses. This German language programme is aimed at Beginners to Low Intermediate abilities, who want to see serious linguistic improvement and are aiming to achieve fluency over a number of months.


  • Intensive grammar study
  • Phonetics
  • Development of vocabulary
  • Syntax and application
  • Listening and comprehension
  • Dialogue and communication
  • Idiomatic language
  • Written and oral expression
  • Lecture and analysis
  • Live guided discussion and synthesis
  • Free conversation

This German language course is an excellent opportunity to learn a new language, immerse yourself in a new culture and make new friends from all around the world. The study plan takes into consideration your current level, your needs and the length of your course.

German Exams offered

Do you speak German?
Can you prove it!

Some people study German in Vienna, Austria for self-enrichment or want to know how to tell the time or talk on the phone in German or to satisfy short term language requirements in high school, college, university or career goals. Others however, though, such as university or Gap students, aspiring teachers or others with long term career goals, study German in Vienna as part of a formal training programme. For this latter group of students, formally proving competency in the language is a requirement and this is where the Austrian exams are of great value.

Vienna/German language courses

Accommodation in Vienna

Accommodation in host families is definitely the best way of practising your German and getting to know Austria and its people outside of the classroom but alternatively in Vienna you could also choose to stay in the school’s Apartment Residence or in shared apartments with other students.

There will always be a lot to consider before choosing a German Gap Year course (or the accommodation), so feel free to discuss the options with CESA if you want further advice.

Vienna school: Accommodation