The Österreich Institut offers German courses in the following cities:
You can take ÖSD exams at all language levels at each Österreich Institut.
The Österreich Institut offers no courses in Austria.
You will find information about course fees here . Please inquire about opportunities for financial support during your placement consultation.
ÖIF courses are for:
- Migrants Attention: The vouchers to fulfill the Integration Agreement cannot be used for a course at the Austrian Integration Fund.
- People granted asylum
- People granted subsidiary protection
The ÖIF offers literacy courses, German courses for levels A1 to B2, job-specific German courses, and IT courses at its sites in Vienna, Linz, Graz, and Innsbruck. Find the ÖIF course catalog here.
No, only certified course institutes offer integration and preparation courses for tests.
Further information can be found here.
The ÖIF informs test takers about the test results (certificate) within 2 weeks after the test date. Test results cannot be given on the telephone. In urgent cases, the authorities, a legal adviser, or representative (e.g. Caritas, Volkshilfe, etc.) can send a written request (e-mail) to the ÖIF. The request must contain the following information: name of test taker, test date, test location (institute). The ÖIF can then send written confirmation of the test results directly to the authorities (or to a representative, see above) before the certificate is issued.
The ÖIF orthe DTÖ Test (2011) costs €130 per person. If you would like to take the test at a certified course institute, ask at the institute how much they charge.
You can repeat these tests as often as you wish. You can take it again immediately. There are no time restrictions between test dates. But please be aware that your institute may charge you a fee for each attempt. If you take the test at the ÖIF, you will also be charged a fee.
There is a practice test for each ÖIF test format to help you prepare.
Further information can be found here.
This test consists of a written section (70 minutes) and an oral section (15 minutes per person) and measures skills for dealing with communication situations, particularly in very simple situations with clear needs (e.g. introducing yourself, eating and drinking, shopping, housing).
The practice test for the A1-FFÖ can be found here.
The DTÖ tests German skills in listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The entire test consists of a 100 minute written section and an oral section of around 16 minutes, which can either be done alone or in pairs.
The test takers do not need to achieve level B1 in all areas (listening/reading, writing, and speaking) to get a B1 certificate. That means that the test takers receive a B1 certificate if they have reached level B1 in the speaking module as well as one of the other two modules (either listening/reading or writing).
In order to receive a test certificate for level A2, this level has to be reached in both speaking and one of the other modules (listening/reading or writing).
The DTÖ practice test can be found here.
The ÖIF Test (2011) is for level A2. It consists of listening, reading, writing, and speaking modules. The written test takes approx. 80 minutes, the oral test 10 minutes per person. The practice test for the new ÖIF Test can be found here.
The B2 ÖIF Test consists of a written section of 2 hours and 20 minutes, and an oral test that takes approx. 15 minutes and that can be completed with two or three test takers at the same time. The written section comprises the modules reading comprehension, language building blocks, listening comprehension and writing skills.
The practice test of the B2 ÖIF test can be found here. (Link to practice test)
As part of the Integration Agreement, migrants from third countries have to pass a German integration test at level A2, such as the ÖIF Test (2011) developed by the Austrian Integration Fund. Those who have passed this test have demonstrated sufficient German skills and receive a course certificate.
Module 1 of the Integration Agreement is fulfilled after passing the level A2 test.
You must provide evidence of sufficient German skills at level B1 in order to obtain Austrian citizenship and/or a permanent residence permit. The ÖIF offers the scaled German Test for Austria (DTÖ) for this purpose.
However, to obtain citizenship you also have to pass a test on Austrian history, the democratic system, and the history of the state in which you live. This test can be taken at the responsible authority (municipal authority or administrative district authority) in your city or state.
ÖIF tests can be taken at many of the ÖIF certified course institutes. The list of certified course providers in Austria is available here. Please ask the institute which test formats they offer.
The ÖIF also offers group appointments in Vienna, Graz, Linz, and Innsbruck. Further details about registration and dates can be found at: Link
1. A1 - Fit für Österreich
- Tests level A2
- Recognized as proof of level A1 language skills
2. ÖIF Test (2011)
- Tests level A2
- Recognized as proof of language skills for Module 1 (A2) of the IA 2011
3. The German Test for Austria (DTÖ)
- Tests levels A2 and B1 at the same time
- Recognized as proof of language skills for Module 1 (A2) and Module 2 (B1) of the IA 2011 to obtain Austrian citizenship (B1)
4. B2 ÖIF-Test
- exam for the level B2
- to obtain citizenship after 6 years of permanent residency
The ÖIF offers 4 test formats:
- A1 – Fit für Österreich – practice test, listening exercises, and further information can be found here.
- ÖIF Test (2011) – practice test, listening exercises, and further information can be found here.
- German test for Austria (DTÖ) – practice test, listening exercises, and further information can be found here.
- B2 – ÖIF-Test: practice test, listening exercises, and further information can be found here.
No, migrants are not required to attend a 300-hour language course. You also have the option of attending no course at all or courses with fewer class units. For this purpose the certified course institutes offer different modules at a variety of levels. After signing the IA, you are only required to present an officially recognized German certificate for level A2.
Duplicate vouchers are issued by the ÖIF. In order to do this we need a notice of loss from the police and confirmation from the authorities that the lost voucher was issued (e.g. a photocopy of the voucher). Fax or mail both confirmations to the ÖIF or bring them in personally. In order to mail you a duplicate of the voucher, we also require a current address.
When you are issued an extension for the IA, the expiration date of the voucher is automatically extended.
IMPORTANT: You must apply for the extension for the IA when the voucher is still valid. It is also important that the authorities approve the extension before the voucher expires. Make sure that you apply for the extension early enough, as the authorities have up to six months to give their answer.
The authorities – the municipal authority (city) or administrative district authority (state) – can grant an extension for the IA considering personal circumstances: “Personal circumstances” are, for example:
- Problems during pregnancy
- Serious (mental or physical) illness or
- A lack of courses.
- In each case the extension can be issued for a maximum of 1 year. This also extends the validity period of the voucher (see below).
With a blue voucher: In order to claim a refund of costs, you have to pass the course with an ÖIF test (2011 ÖIF Test, DTÖ) at level A2 within a maximum of 18 months after being issued a residence permit or receiving an extension.
Valid blue voucher: For a German integration course at level A2 you receive 50% of the course costs as long as the voucher is valid; however, the maximum amount is €750 with a maximum hourly rate of €2.50.
If you have successfully completed a certified German course at level A2 with an ÖIF Test within 18 months after the voucher was issued, you receive compensation for a maximum of 300 class hours or 50 percent of the course costs, a maximum of €750.
Migrants can get financial support with the blue ÖIF voucher to attend an integration course (Module 1) at a certified course institute. The responsible authorities – municipal authority or administrative district authority – issue the voucher to family members under certain circumstances. Family members are spouses or underage, unmarried children of Austrians, Swiss, EEA citizens, and third country nationals with a longer residence permit (e.g. EC permanent residence, settlement permit - unrestricted, asylum status).
- Underage minors: Children and adolescents who are still underage (under 14) two years after the residence permit was issued.
- Poor health: In this case an official medical opinion is required at your own expense.
German skills at level A2 according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages are required for Module 1 (for the temporary residence permit). There are special language courses with financial aid for migrants whose language skills are not adequate. However, these language courses are not compulsory.
German skills at level B1 are required for Module 2 (for the permanent residence permit and/or Austrian citizenship).
Third-country nationals, i.e. non-EU citizens, who came to Austria after July 1, 2011, and want to reside permanently in Austria. By signing the Integration Agreement, migrants agree to acquire sufficient German skills within two years.
The Common European Framework of Reference
|There are 3 competence levels, which are divided into 6 different proficiency levels.|
|• A: Fundamental language usage|
|o A1: Beginner|
|o A2: Basic proficiency|
|• B: Independent language usage|
|o B1: Advanced language usage|
|o B2: Independent language usage|
|• C: Competent language usage|
|o C1: Expert language proficiency|
|o C2: Approaching native speaker proficiency|
|CEFR is the abbreviation for Common European Framework of Reference.|
|The German translation “Der Gemeinsame Europäische Referenzrahmen: lehren, lernen, beurteilen” of the original English title "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching and Assessment" was commissioned in 2001 by the Council of Europe.|
|The Goethe Institute InterNationes, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture, the Permanent Conference of Culture Ministers of the Federal States of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Education Directors are among the publishers.|