Visa AustriaGerman course plus visa: learn German for 15 hours a week and get a visa for Austria

Austria is an attractive travel destination for people from all over the world, both privately and professionally. However, if you are not from a member state of the Schengen area, you may need a visa for Austria. Find out whether this also applies to you - for example at the Austrian embassy or consulate general in your country. If this is the case, you can also apply for a visa by booking one of our special visa courses in Vienna. You can find out how to do this here.

Language visa: German course plus visa

Anyone who wants to take a German course for private or professional reasons can apply for a visa on this basis, also known as a language visa. The language courses must comprise at least 15 hours per week and are limited in time.

At the DeutschAkademie, we offer you a German language course that is specially tailored to these requirements: our visa course, which takes place on site in Vienna from Monday to Thursday and online on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Which visa do I need for a language course in Austria?

Depending on the duration of your language course in Austria, you will need different visas:

  • Schengen visa type C for short-term stays: If your language course does not last longer than 90 days, you can attend a language course with a Schengen visa.
  • Type D language visa Austria for long-term stays: If you want to stay longer than 90 days, up to a maximum of six months, you can apply for a D visa, among other things to attend language courses.
  • Pre-study language visa: Such a visa is required if you are taking the language course in preparation for studying at a university in Austria.
  • Residence permit: A residence permit for Austria is applied for locally and often lasts two to three months. It can often be unlimited. When entering Austria for the first time, it is important that the date of entry is noted in the passport with an entry stamp. This is the only way to apply for a residence permit without any problems. If there is no border control on site, you can obtain an entry stamp from the local police station.

What requirements must a language course fulfill for an Austrian language visa?

An intensive language course lasting more than 90 days is suitable as a prerequisite for a language visa for Austria. The requirements for your language visa Austria to be approved:

  • The course duration is limited to 3 to 6 months.
  • The German course has at least 15 lessons per week.

If you would like to apply for a visa for 6 months, you can book 6 intensive courses for a duration of 6 months. You can find more information about the intensive courses in our course program. The courses start every month, you can find the dates here.

Which DeutschAkademie courses are particularly suitable for a language visa in Austria?

The DeutschAkademie visa course is specially designed for this purpose. This German course is a combination of an intensive course and a plus course on Fridays and Saturdays. With as many as 18 hours per week, the visa language course meets all the official requirements for obtaining a visa for Austria.

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How do I get the DeutschAkademie certificate to present to the Austrian Embassy?

As soon as the course fees for your German course have been credited to our account, you can download the registration confirmation with all course details from the webshop. You then submit this together with all other application documents for the Austrian visa to the Austrian diplomatic mission abroad (see checklist of the Austrian embassy).

Tip

You must provide a "real" residential address to the visa authority; the address of the DeutschAkademie is not considered a residential address.

Where do I apply for a language visa for Austria?

The application for an Austrian visa must be completed, signed and submitted in person to the Austrian embassy or consulate in your place of residence, together with all the necessary supporting documents. We recommend that you contact the Austrian diplomatic mission in your home country as early as possible. This is because processing can take up to four months.

What happens if I don't get a visa?

If you do not receive a visa for Austria for your booked German course, we will refund the course fees in full up to 14 days before the start of your German course. If you send us a copy of the rejection letter, you can also cancel the course free of charge up to 7 days before the start of your German course.

Can I extend my language course visa?

Your language course visa for Austria is initially issued for three months. In some cases, it can be extended for up to a further 3 months at your local immigration office.

What can I not do with my language visa for Austria?

change to a student or applicant visa

start a university course

apply for admission to university

apply for a work permit

pursue gainful employment

Checklist: What do I need to apply for a language visa?

You can find a checklist of all the documents you need to submit to the Austrian diplomatic mission abroad to apply for a visa for Austria in the relevant information sheets on the "Visa to take up a language course" at the Austrian embassy in your country. We have also compiled a list for you here - but these things can change, so there is no guarantee. In any case, please enquire about the current situation in your country.

Checklist

  • Two application forms - fully completed and signed in German
  • A valid passport (this means: with a validity period of at least 3 months after the planned return date, not older than 10 years, contains at least two blank visa pages)
  • Two recent biometric passport photos
  • Proof of intensive language course (at least 15 hours of lessons per week)
  • Confirmation of the course fee deposit
  • Health insurance for the duration of the language course
  • Proof of secure means of subsistence: blocked account, submission of a declaration of commitment by a third party on an official form or notarized declaration by the parents, with proof of the parents' income in the last six months
  • Proof of main residence in Austria: certificate of registration of the apartment (confirmation of registration), rental agreement and confirmation of moving in from the landlord, letter of motivation for attending the language course

Do you have any further questions about our language courses? Contact us, we will be happy to answer your questions.

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