MORE German Language Courses

General Information

The aim of the MORE program at the Alpen-Adria-Universität (AAU) is to provide future opportunities for people from refugee backgrounds by offering them access to higher education.

Asylum seekers and persons entitled to asylum* are entitled to attend courses offered by the More program in order to deepen their language skills and knowledge. All four faculties of the Alpen-Adria-Universität offer selected seminars and courses all of which can be completed with an exam. In addition, MORE students are excempt from tuition fees and student union fees, and gain access to the university library.

Because the language of instruction at the AAU is preferably German or English, good German or English skills (level B1) are required.

Being part of the MORE program, German in Austria for the target group offers free German language courses (except a small fee of € 5.00 for teaching material). The fee of € 5.00 will be charged upon registration by the "Language Center German in Austria".

The requirements for participation are: the submission of a letter of application to the International Office at the AAU, followed by an interview, and finally the allocation of a course place, all of which is being administered by the International Office.

Who can participate in the MORE program?

  • Asylum seekers with a residence permit card in accordance with § 51 Asylum Act
  • Persons entitled to asylum*
  • Persons entitled to subsidiary protection in accordance with § 52 Asylum Act
  • Tolerated persons in accordance with § 46a FPG

*If you are currently receiving needs-based minimum income, please ask your employment service to check if the participation in the MORE program leads to financial consequences for you.


Registration as a MORE Student

ATTENTION: The registration deadline for the winter semester 2018/2019 is the end of August 2018. Exact date to follow.

Step 1
Pre-registration by email via more-initiative@aau.at containing the following information:

  • Personal data (name, nationality, date of birth, telephone number, address)
  • Photo / scan of the residence permit card (e.g. white card)
  • Intended study program (list of AAU study programs)
  • Name and address of school last visited
  • Name and address of university at which studies were started or completed
  • German and/or English certificates, if available details of contact person in Austria (name, institution, telephone number, email address) if applicable

Step 2
Check your emails regularly - you will receive an invitation by email for a consultation and admission interview.

Step 3
Come to the International Office of AAU at the agreed time for the consultation and admission interview.

Step 4
Admission to the MORE program in the Study and Exam Department of the AAU. Please take your residence permit document with you.

Step 5
Choose your courses from the course list, which is available at the International Office, and sign up online with your student account for these courses.


Placement Test

At the beginning of the course or semester there will be a placement test. This test consists of an oral part (interview with our language trainers) and a written part. The students will then be assigned to a suitable level according to their language proficiency based on the placement test.

Important: Participation in the placement test requires registration with the International Office (see above "Registration as a MORE Student") and the allocation of a place on the course.


Course Structure

  • 4 lessons (45 minutes each) each week (Monday and Wednesday à 2 lessons)
  • Focus: communicative language training with training of the four language skills (listening, speaking, writing, reading). Pronunciation training if required.
  • Class size approx. 12 participants


Attendance and Diploma

Only participants with a minimum attendance of 80% obtain a confirmation of participation.

Registration and selection process exclusively via the International Office. For information please contact more-initiative.aau.at .


4 lessons (45 minutes each) each week (Monday and Wednesday 2 lessons each). Focus: communicative language teaching.


At the beginning of the course or semester there will be a placement test. This test consists of an oral part (interview with our language trainers) and a written part. Important: Participation in the placement test requires registration with the International Office and the allocation of a place on the course.