ActiLingua Academy

Introduction

Since 1988, ActiLingua has gained a worldwide reputation for its successful range of courses, its ideal learning environment and modern teaching equipment. Student satisfaction is central to all our endeavours. A high standard of tuition, comfortable accommodation and a varied cultural and leisure programme reflect our standards at ActiLingua. Our flexible course programme offers the most suitable German course for your personal needs. You study standard German in small international study groups and profit from full cultural immersion.

Our methods

The basic programme provides intensive coaching in grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary. Reading and listening comprehension as well as written exercises are important components of our courses. One of our basic principles is to ensure a maximum of oral communication. You are encouraged to practice your spoken German with your teacher and with your classmates.

Our teachers

Our teachers see themselves as your friends and partners. They are native speakers of standard German and take genuine pleasure in working with you. They are highly qualified and regularly attend training courses held by ActiLingua. Each group is taught by two (Standard Course) or three (Intensive Course) teachers a day in order to ensure more varied and stimulating instruction. Participants profit from different styles of teaching, teacher personalities and variations in pronunciation of modern German.

ActiLingua at a glance

  • 3 schools in premium locations
  • German courses for adults 16+ year-round
  • Summer courses for teens ages 12-17 and 16-19
  • Accommodation at the ActiLingua Residence, Host Family, Apartment, Student House
  • Official examination centre for university entrance examinations
  • Perfect nationality mix: students from more than 40 countries.

Vienna – City of...

  • ...Music: concerts, opera, musicals, Vienna Philharmonics, Vienna Boys Choir
  • ...Modernity: Hundertwasser, Museumsquartier, UNO-City, Start-up City
  • ...Culture & Cuisine: Schönbrunn Palace, Imperial Palace, traditional cafes, wine taverns, Wiener Schnitzel

Discover the most liveable city of the world!

This school offers programs in:
  • German

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Courses

Business German

Campus Full time 2 weeks October 2017 Austria Vienna

The combination of a Standard Course and Business German enables you to learn what you need for your job. [+]

The combination of a Standard Course and Business German enables you to learn what you need for your job. Lessons: 35 lessons per week Standard Course (20) + Business German (10) + cultural/special interest programme (5). (1 lesson = 45 minutes) PRICE INCLUDES ... 30 lessons German course per week (1 lesson = 45 minutes): 20 general + 10 Business German lessons. 5 lessons (2-3 times) cultural/special interest programme per week: e.g. Vienna guided tours; talks and videos about Austrian music, art, history, literature and architecture; Viennese Waltz course; parties; sports Accommodation as booked (use of kitchen included) ActiLingua Certificate ActiLingua vocabulary book Course books may be borrowed for the whole course. Books can be bought at a 50% discount from the school office. Use of computers, books, CDs, DVDs and magazines in the multimedia library Student service at the school office, Monday - Friday Free internet access & free WLAN/Wi-Fi Student manual with interesting tips on Vienna ActiLingua Card entitling holder to discounts at a number of museums, theatres, restaurants and shops [-]

German and Music

Campus Full time 4 - 52 weeks Open Enrollment Austria Vienna

In addition to your Standard or Intensive German course you can book music lessons. Music instruction takes place at the Vienna Conservatory and is available for music students, professionals and enthusiastic amateurs. [+]

In addition to your Standard or Intensive German course you can book music lessons. Music instruction takes place at the Vienna Conservatory and is available for music students, professionals and enthusiastic amateurs. Practical lessons: You receive one individual instrumental (e.g. violin, piano, clarinet etc.) or vocal lesson per week. Theoretical lessons: music history, acoustics, solfeggio. (Good knowledge of German required!) GERMAN COURSE German course of your choice with 20 to 30 German lessons and 5 lessons (2-3 times) of cultural and leisure programme per week. You study German for 4 or 6 lessons daily from Monday to Friday in small international groups, following a recognized curriculum. Our cultural programme with its Vienna city walks, talks and other activities promotes insights into Austrian culture and music. Standard Course: You study German in 20 weekly lessons. 5 weekly lessons of cultural and leisure programme are included in the price. Intensive Course: 10 weekly lessons of German in especially small study groups in addition to your Standard Course. Insider-tip: All German courses with a duration of 12 or more weeks are reduced by up to 30%! This discount is already considered in our price list. CULTURE/SPECIAL INTEREST PROGRAMME Cultural and leisure activities are organized 2 to 3 times per week (5 lessons) and are included in the price. Talks, discussions on Austrian music, art, literature, tours of the sights of Vienna, parties and sports – all form part of this programme. MUSIC AT THE VIENNA CONSERVATORY Music instruction takes place at the Vienna Conservatory which is about 20 minutes from ActiLingua Academy by underground. About 600 students from all over the world study music at this music institute. Instruction for music students and professionals and music lessons for enthusiastic amateurs are available. Practical music lessons: You receive one individual instrumental or vocal lesson per week. Theoretical music lessons: One theoretical subject per week, such as history of music, music composition, acoustics, instrumental music tuition. Practise facilities: Information on rehearsal rooms in Vienna is available at ActiLingua Academy (approx. EUR 2,5 to EUR 7 per hour). Theoretical lessons may be cancelled without substitution during exam periods in January, June and September. Holidays at the Conservatory: Public holidays and Dec 24 2015 - Jan 06 2016 / Feb 01-05 / Mar 21-29 / May 17 / Jul 04 - Sep 02 / Dec 24 2016 - Jan 06 2017 No music teaching on holidays. Lessons cannot be made up subsequently. DIPLOMAS A Vienna Conservatory certificate testifying the attended music lessons and the educational level, ActiLingua certificate. APPLICANTS' REQUIREMENTS Beginners of German can start the German course and practical music lessons at the same time. Good knowledge of German is necessary to follow the theoretical music lessons at the Vienna Conservatory. [-]

German and University

Campus Full time 6 - 52 weeks October 2017 Austria Vienna

The programme is directed at high school graduates who would like to study in Austria. In the German course you perfect your knowledge of German. [+]

The programme is directed at high school graduates who would like to study in Austria. In the German course you perfect your knowledge of German. The ActiLingua university expert advises you on the right choice of university and the enrolment process. We can also help you regarding registration at a suitable private/public university or university of applied sciences in Austria with Bachelor or Master degree. This course has to be booked in addition to a Standard or Intensive Course. University Preparation A certificate preparation course prepares you for taking a university entrance exam. ActiLingua is an examination centre for OSD University entrance certificates. OSD Zertifikat B2 or OSD Zertifikat C1 will be recognized by Austrian and some German universities as sufficient language entrance requirements. Our university advisor will inform you in two tutorials about the Austrian system of higher education and assist you in choosing the right university and study programme. University Enrolment Guidance In addition to University Preparation you can also optionally book our Enrolment Guidance. Before you come to Austria and start your German course at ActiLingua Academy, we will check, if your internationally acquired diplomas could qualify for admission at an Austrian university. We will advice you regarding registration at a public/private university, a university of applied sciences or a University Preparation Programme. PRICE INCLUDES ... Included in University Preparation: 8 group lessons exam preparation University entrance exam (OSD) B2 or C1 examination fee 2 free tutorials: Help with choice of study programme and university with the ActiLingua university advisor Advice on the Austrian system of higher education Included in Enrolment Guidance: Schedule for the path to your studies and visa support. Guidance for submitting of enrolment documents at 1-3 Austrian universities or for University Preparation Programme (Vorstudienlehrgang). German course Standard Course: In 20 German lessons per week (1 lesson = 45 minutes) you improve your general knowledge of German. Lessons in grammar and conversation help you with syntax and vocabulary building. You practice formal and informal writing and work on listening and reading comprehension. Intensive Course: 10 further German lessons in especially small study groups in addition to Academic Year 1. 5 lessons (2-3 times) cultural/special interest programme per week: e.g. Vienna guided tours; talks and videos about Austrian music, art, history, literature and architecture; Viennese Waltz course; parties; sports Accommodation as booked (use of kitchen included) ActiLingua Certificate ActiLingua vocabulary book Course books may be borrowed for the whole course. Books can be bought at a 50% discount from the school office. Use of computers, books, CDs, DVDs and magazines in the multimedia library Student service at the school office, Monday - Friday Free internet access & free WLAN/Wi-Fi Student manual with interesting tips on Vienna ActiLingua Card entitling holder to discounts at a number of museums, theatres, restaurants and shops [-]

German and Work Experience

Campus Full time 8 - 16 weeks Open Enrollment Austria Vienna

ActiLingua offers German courses in combination with paid or unpaid work experience. The programme is divided into two parts. [+]

ActiLingua offers German courses in combination with paid or unpaid work experience. The programme is divided into two parts. First you attend a preparatory German course in Vienna for at least 4 weeks. This is followed by a work placement lasting a minimum of one months at a carefully selected Austrian enterprise, e.g. hotel, restaurant, travel agency, import/export company or ski school. * Paid work experience: For students from countries of the European Union and from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. * Unpaid work experience: For students of non EU or EU countries APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Preferably between 16-30 years old. Good command of German (min. 2-3 years at school or min. 12 weeks German course with ActiLingua). Good command of English. Minimum stay in Austria: 3-4 months. Health and liability insurance documents (European insurance card or private insurance) necessary on arrival. GERMAN PREPARATION COURSE The German course takes place in Vienna. In 20 or 30 lessons / week you improve 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. Cultural/special interest classes: Every course includes 5 lessons/week of our cultural programme and special interest classes. We organize special talks, discussions and videos on Austrian music, art, literature, history and architecture. Films, tours of the many sights of Vienna, parties and sports all form part of the programme. WORK EXPERIENCE/INTERNSHIP Students may choose from the sectors listed under paid / unpaid experience. We will consider preferences as far as possible. Please note that the position offered is likely to be influenced by the applicant's previous work experience, education and his/her level of German. Employment location: Most of the job placements offered by ActiLingua are in Vienna, Salzburg or tourist resorts in the Alps. Placement at an Austrian company: telephone or personal interview; selection of a company suitable for the applicant. Evaluation and final report by the employer. APPLICATION PROCEDURE To apply for Work Experience please send us: Registration form for the German course. Curriculum Vitae (resume) in German or English. Letter of motivation (Why do you want to do the job?). 1 photo. Application form for paid or unpaid work experience. Health and liability insurance must be contracted by the students. Your application papers must have reached ActiLingua a minimum of nine weeks before the start of German & Work Experience. We will confirm the receipt of your application. Our confirmation will also include information on the telephone interview between the student and the ActiLingua Placement Officer. Please call the ActiLingua Placement Officer within 5 days of receiving our confirmation. ALLOCATION You can collect your job confirmation from the ActiLingua school office 4 weeks before commencement of employment. It includes precise details of your workplace, starting time and conditions. You will then call or arrange an interview with your employer and sign the job confirmation. CERTIFICATES After the internship each participant will get a detailed description and evaluation from his employer, regarding the content and success of the traineeship. [-]

German Teachers´ Course

Campus Full time 2 weeks Open Enrollment Austria Vienna

Courses for non-native German teachers who work with teenagers or adults. [+]

Courses for non-native German teachers who work with teenagers or adults. Objectives: to improve personal German skills, discuss various teaching methods and approaches, and learn more about Austrian literature and culture. Funding available through Erasmus+. Lessons: German Teachers’ Course 1: Teachers’ training course (20) + cultural/special interest programme (5) per week or German Teachers’ Course 2: General German course (20) + cultural/special interest programme (5) per week + teachers’ training course (7) We run special training courses for teachers who are non-native speakers of German. The courses are an opportunity for you to update your language skills and exchange your experiences with various teaching methods with international colleagues and teaching staff of our language school. Up-to-date information on the Austrian and German language, culture and literature is part of the programme. The course is designed to provide you with suggestions and new ideas which you can then put into practice after returning home. AIMS Brushing up your own German skills Information on new and modern teaching material Information on Austria and its geography, politics and way of life Expanding your teaching tools and teaching methods PROGRAMME Language aspects: Work on language structure Improvement of personal expression and fluency Text analysis, working with writing stimuli, reading techniques Spelling reform Teaching methodology aspects: Looking at and discussing various teaching material Getting to know new language books Using communicative methods in lessons Variations on teaching grammar and vocabulary Use of authentic material on different language levels Using audio-visual media in lessons Computer-aided learning Teacher observation in one of our German courses, on request Cultural aspects: Getting to know Austrian culture Political, geographical and historical developments Teaching Austrian customs and culture Discussing contemporary Austrian and German literature, politics and issues in the classroom CULTURE AND LEISURE Participation in the cultural and leisure programme (twice a week) is included in the price: Vienna city walks, lectures on various topics, video nights, a visit to a traditional wine tavern ("Heuriger") or a welcome party. On one evening, a visit to a theatre or concert or a joint dinner for all German teachers is arranged. On weekends, you can take part in an excursion organised by the school at cost price (e.g. Salzburg, Graz or the Wachau region in the Danube valley). GRANTS For participants from EU member states and the following countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey. The Comenius Programme of the European Union awards grants towards the costs of the course, accommodation and the journey to Vienna. Erasmus+ PIC (Personal Identification Code): 948767283 The following teachers are eligible to apply for a grant Qualified and active teachers of German as a foreign language Instructors and trainers of foreign language teachers Teachers who are being retrained to teach foreign languages Teachers at primary or pre-schools who teach foreign languages or will have to in future Teachers who teach other subjects in a foreign language Foreign language teachers who have interrupted their career and wish to return to their jobs Supervisors or consultants in charge of foreign language teaching [-]

Individual Tuition

Campus Full time 1 - 12 weeks Open Enrollment Austria Vienna

You define the content of your language course yourself, resulting in a maximisation of input in the one-to-one sessions with your own teacher(s). [+]

You define the content of your language course yourself, resulting in a maximisation of input in the one-to-one sessions with your own teacher(s). Lessons: 10-40 lessons per week 2, 4, 6 or 8 lessons daily + 5 lessons cultural/special interest programme. (1 lesson = 45 minutes) PRICE INCLUDES ... Private German Lessons as booked (1 lesson = 45 minutes) 5 lessons (2-3 times) cultural/special interest programme per week: e.g. Vienna guided tours; talks and videos about Austrian music, art, history, literature and architecture; Viennese Waltz course; parties; sports Accommodation as booked (use of kitchen included) ActiLingua Certificate ActiLingua vocabulary book Course books may be borrowed for the whole course. Books can be bought at a 50% discount from the school office. Use of computers, books, CDs, DVDs and magazines in the multimedia library Student service at the school office, Monday - Friday Free internet access & free WLAN/Wi-Fi Student manual with interesting tips on Vienna ActiLingua Card entitling holder to discounts at a number of museums, theatres, restaurants and shops [-]

Intensive German Course

Campus Full time 1 - 48 weeks Open Enrollment Austria Vienna

You will study general German for four lessons daily (Standard Course) plus two additional lessons a day in small groups, in which your teacher specifically focuses on your individual needs and weak points. [+]

You will study general German for four lessons daily (Standard Course) plus two additional lessons a day in small groups, in which your teacher specifically focuses on your individual needs and weak points. This course is ideal for anybody wanting to make rapid progress in a short time. Lessons: 35 lessons per week German course (20) + mini group (10) + cultural/special interest programme (5). (1 lesson = 45 minutes) When booking this course with 12 weeks duration or more you will benefit from our long-term discount up to 18%. The intensive German language course is suitable for anybody wanting to make quick progress in short time. You study six lessons a day. Four of these lessons are held in groups of an average of 8 and a maximum of 12 participants and two lessons a day are in small groups of 5-8 participants. In multinational groups you will learn a lot about foreign cultures. You study for six lessons every morning or afternoon from Monday to Friday. Like in the Standard Course, 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. In the additional two lessons in small groups, the teacher can focus especially on your individual needs and weak points. Each group is taught by three teachers a day in order to ensure more varied and stimulating instruction. Hence, participants are made familiar with different individual styles of teaching, teacher personalities and variations in pronunciation of modern German. PRICE INCLUDES ... 30 lessons German course per week (1 lesson = 45 minutes): 20 lessons Standard course + 10 minigroup. 5 lessons (2-3 times) cultural/special interest programme per week: e.g. Vienna guided tours; talks and videos about Austrian music, art, history, literature and architecture; Viennese Waltz course; parties; sports. Accommodation as booked. ActiLingua Certificate. ActiLingua vocabulary book. Course books may be borrowed for the whole course. Books can be bought at a 50% discount from the school office. Use of computers, books, CDs, DVDs and magazines in the multimedia library. Student service at the school office, Monday-Friday. Free internet access & free WLAN/Wi-Fi Student manual with interesting tips on Vienna. ActiLingua Card entitling holder to discounts at a number of museums, theatres, restaurants and shops. [-]

Standard German Course

Campus Full time 1 - 48 weeks Open Enrollment Austria Vienna

The main emphasis is placed on improving your communication skills. Lessons in grammar and conversation help you to enhance vocabulary and improve your syntax. You will practice formal and informal writing and work on your listening and reading comprehension. [+]

The main emphasis is placed on improving your communication skills. Lessons in grammar and conversation help you to enhance vocabulary and improve your syntax. You will practice formal and informal writing and work on your listening and reading comprehension. Lessons: 25 lessons per week German course (20) + cultural/special interest programme (5). (1 lesson = 45 minutes) When booking this course with 12 weeks duration or more you will benefit from our long-term discount up to 18%. The Standard German language course is for Beginner and Advanced. You study for four lessons every morning or afternoon from Monday to Friday. You study in groups of an average of 8 and a maximum of 12 participants. In multinational groups you will learn a lot about foreign cultures. You have sufficient free time for self study, sightseeing or relaxing. 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. Each group is taught by two teachers per day in order to ensure more varied and stimulating instruction. Hence, participants of the Standard Course are made familiar with different individual styles of teaching, teacher personalities and variations in pronunciation of modern German. PRICE INCLUDES ... 20 lessons German course per week (1 lesson = 45 minutes) 5 lessons (2-3 times) cultural/special interest programme per week: e.g. Vienna guided tours; talks and videos about Austrian music, art, history, literature and architecture; Viennese Waltz course; parties; sports Accommodation as booked (use of kitchen included) ActiLingua Certificate ActiLingua vocabulary book Course books may be borrowed for the whole course. Books can be bought at a 50% discount from the school office. Use of computers, books, CDs, DVDs and magazines in the multimedia library Student service at the school office, Monday - Friday Free internet access & free WLAN/Wi-Fi Student manual with interesting tips on Vienna ActiLingua Card entitling holder to discounts at a number of museums, theatres, restaurants and shops [-]

Superintensive German Course

Campus Full time 1 - 11 weeks Open Enrollment Austria Vienna

Combination of group tuition (Standard Course) and individual tuition. Individual tuition caters to special learning needs and takes your vocational interests into account. [+]

Combination of group tuition (Standard Course) and individual tuition. Individual tuition caters to special learning needs and takes your vocational interests into account. Lessons: 35 lessons per week German course (20) + individual tuition (10) + cultural/special interest programme (5). (1 lesson = 45 minutes) When booking this course with 12 weeks duration or more you will benefit from our long-term discount up to 18%. PRICE INCLUDES ... 30 lessons German course per week (1 lesson = 45 minutes): 20 standard course + 10 individual lessons. 5 lessons (2-3 times) cultural/special interest programme per week: e.g. Vienna guided tours; talks and videos about Austrian music, art, history, literature and architecture; Viennese Waltz course; parties; sports Accommodation as booked (use of kitchen included) ActiLingua Certificate ActiLingua vocabulary book Course books may be borrowed for the whole course. Books can be bought at a 50% discount from the school office. Use of computers, books, CDs, DVDs and magazines in the multimedia library Student service at the school office, Monday - Friday Free internet access & free WLAN/Wi-Fi Student manual with interesting tips on Vienna ActiLingua Card entitling holder to discounts at a number of museums, theatres, restaurants and shops [-]

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ActiLingua Academy
Wattmanngasse 15

Vienna, 1130 AT