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As I researched programs, I knew I wanted to challenge myself by taking actual classes in a German-speaking university, but I also recognized that I would need support from a program (and some intensive language preparation) to reach that goal. Central College Abroad was exactly what I was looking for.
– Keri Hartman
Harvard University

academic program options

The Vienna program is designed so that students can choose from one of two academic options for an experience that best suits their language level and academic interests. Students choose from the following program options:

Intensive language program

This intensive language program is open to all students and required for students with less than four semesters of college-level German. It is a great
starting point for students with little or no German background. This program has been in operation for over 80 years and draws students from all over the world.

The introductory program comprises of multiple levels of German instruction, and students are placed within those levels based on the results of their language placement test (taken upon arrival at the university). Therefore, a student may start at the first level or test into a slightly higher level to begin the program. Regardless of their placement, all students complete three course levels within a semester earning a total of 10 credits.

Please see for course options. Additional information regarding the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

University of Vienna:

The University of Vienna offers an impressive array of course options for students with high intermediate language skills or above. Lectures typically meet once a week for two hours and range in class size from 20 to 500 students. Students can take courses (in German) in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Education
  • Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Env. Science
  • Marketing/PR
  • Archaeology
  • Film studies
  • Mathematics
  • Architecture
  • Finance
  • Music
  • Art History
  • Geography
  • Philosophy
  • Biology
  • Health studies
  • Physics
  • Business
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Chemistry
  • Int'l business
  • Psychology
  • Communication
  • Int'l studies
  • Religious studies
  • Comp. science
  • Journalism
  • Sociology
  • Dance
  • Languages
  • Theatre
  • Ecology
  • Law
  • Tourism
  • Economics
  • Linguistics
  • US studies
  • Women's studies

Courses are offered for one to four credits. Please see our course catalog for more details. The most current University of Vienna catalogue is available only four weeks before the beginning of each semester. Please see: to search for current course offerings.


Vienna Institute of Translation and Interpretation
The Vienna Institute of Translation and Interpretation is a branch of the University of Vienna and trains students to be professional interpreters/translators. Course work is for advanced German speakers (A C1 level speaker within the Common European Framework of Reference for Language). Courses in German grammar, vocabulary, conversation, textual analysis and composition are offered at a high level to further improve language proficiency. Students usually take one to two courses for two to four credits. Coursework is available in the following areas:

  • German
  • History

Please see for current course offerings.

Additional academic opportunities

Students have the unique opportunity to add music and art into their academic program through two established institutions in Vienna. Coursework and lessons are available for an additional fee.

Prayner Conservatory for Music and Dramatic Arts
The Prayner Conservatory began as a music school in 1905, and has developed into one of the most well-known and historical conservatories in the city of Vienna. A complete music curriculum is available to high intermediate or advanced level students. Students of all levels can take voice or instrumental lessons, and have the opportunity to perform in the orchestra or choir. Course work and lessons at the Prayner are available for an additional fee to Central College Abroad students.