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I. German language classes offered by the Academy

Within its course program, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna offers German as a Foreign Language classes at different levels.

Overview on the German language courses offered by the Academy:   

German Courses 

ATTENTION! Altered offer of German language courses for academic year 2020/21 because of necessary modifications due to Corona pandemic:


Please find more details on the German courses in our online course catalogue in due time AkademieOnline; there you can also subscribe to the courses.

To subscribe to the A1.1 or A1.1 online course, please send an email (name, study program) to in the period 14 to 28 Sept. 2020. New students can apply after passing the admission exam or once they have received the confirmation about their place as an exchange student, respectively.
Concerning registration, priority is given to studens of Fine Arts (since they have to proof German language level B1 until the beginnin of their 3rd semester). Concerning registration to the A1.1 online course, priority is given to students of Fine Arts who cannot be on-site on time at the beginning of winter semester 2020/21 because of potential travel restrictions due to Corona pandemic.

II. German Intensive courses: A1.1 and B1.1

No intensive courses will take palce in September 2020 because of necessary modifications due to Corona pandemic (see above)!

III. Information for students of the fine arts diploma program

The curriculum for the fine arts study program regulates that all students have to demonstrate proficiency in German before they can register for the third semester, i.e. for the second year of study. For fine arts, we define proficiency as B1-level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Students of fine arts who do not know German at all or at a lower level than B1 the Academy provides courses for reaching ‘Level B1‘ in German within the first year of study (see above). Those students who have an advanced level of German may check their level according to the Common European Framework of References for Languages and choose the course appropriate to their language level.

IV. Learn German by yourself – self-study

Students who prefer to learn German on their own can check their language level according to the self-assessment grid (Common European Framework of References for Languages).

If you learned German through self-study and therefore do not have an accepted certificate, please write to to arrange an assessment of your German proficiency on B1 level. Please understand that the Academy will pay for one test only per person.

V. Learning German for free - ONLINE

Please find free online resources for learning German as well as other useful links on the following leaflet Where to learn German for free.