The Best German Language Schools in Vienna

by Roisin McAuley  |  Published September 25, 2020

Vienna is a cultural paradise with many sides to explore. From its impressive architecture to its trendy clubs and renowned coffee culture, not to forget its infamous state opera and concert halls, living in Vienna keeps travellers and students wanting more.

The Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens are one of many attractions of visitors to Vienna (Photo: Luca Sartoni via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Learning German is an invaluable skill that will help you get to know Vienna and its locals. The added bonus of learning a language in its native country is that you can try out your skills straight away, and quickly learn from your mistakes. Language schools in Vienna offer a variety of German courses, including evening courses, intensive language classes, and exam preparation courses. We’ve researched what’s on offer, and selected three of the best language schools in Vienna taking into account course pace, teaching style and testimonials from previous students.

Deutschothek’s welcoming and friendly atmosphere is highly rated by previous students. The language school offers intensive, evening and conversation programmes, alongside as courses in business and grammar. The school boasts a diverse student body made up of students from around the world. There is a large variety of programmes and levels available, meaning there are classes to suit all students’ schedules, budgets and availability. Lessons are made up of between six and twelve students to ensure everyone receives personalised feedback. As well as German courses, the language institute organises a free cultural programme to ensure students learn about Austrian culture and immerse in life in Vienna.

INNES’ varied class timetables mean students can find something to fit round their schedule (Photo: INNES Institute Vienna)

INNES Institute Vienna
Based in the heart of Vienna, INNES Institute Vienna creates an open and diverse learning environment to help students achieve their language goals. Recommended by several prominent universities worldwide, including Harvard and Nanyang Technological University, the language institute offers 4-week and 8-week German courses, which start monthly and take place in small groups. INNES also offers month-long Saturday courses that are an excellent option for students looking for something to fit around the working week. Lessons are well-structured and active, with speaking practice a key focus of all courses. The institute also offers a reward scheme: for each new friend you refer, you will receive a 10% discount, and your friend will receive the same.

At Sprachenstudio German programmes are taught at every level; for students with no experience of the language through to advanced speakers. Sprachenstudio offers prospective students a free, detailed and non-binding placement test to indicate the level of class that suits their abilities. Lessons are flexible, given in a group or one-to-one, in the morning, afternoon or evening. An ÖIF and an ÖSD examination centre, Sprachenstudio also offers professional language programmes for companies, creating goal-oriented courses tailored to businesses’ specific needs. Sprachenstudio’s teachers are all highly qualified language teachers, educated to Master or Doctoral level, who hold many years of language teaching experience and who receive regular training.