Preparatory Study Course (VAAU)

Preparatory Study Course (VAAU)

for the preparation for supplementary exams

General Information

The preparatory course program for supplementary examinations (VAAU) at the University of Klagenfurt has the purpose of preparing international university applicants for the supplementary examination of German language competence (Art. 63 par. 10 – 10b of the 2002 University Law) as well as supplementary exams in other disciplines (Art. 64 par. 2) and to administer these tests.

The course program preparing for the supplementary German exam provides the language skills required to make successful progress in university studies, as set out in Art. 63 par. 10 – 10b. The courses preparing candidates for exams in other subject matters focus on the essential contents and standards of the Austrian school leaving exams, so as to guarantee that candidates have achieved a level equivalent to that of the national school leaving certificate, as foreseen by Art. 64 par. 2 of the University Law.

At the University of Klagenfurt, German language skills at level B2/b according to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or – for certain study programs – at level C1 are required for regular studies. Your admission letter indicates how much time you have to reach the required level:

  • 3 semesters if level B2/b is required;
    4 semesters if you also have to take other supplementary exams.
  • 4 semesters if the required level is C1;
    5 semesters if you also have to take other supplementary exams.

You can read the full text of the VAAU curriculum here.

Admission to the Preparatory Study Course

Students who have been notified by the Rectorate of the University of Klagenfurt before admission to a regular course of study of the need for a supplementary examination in the German language and / or for one or more supplementary examinations in other subjects are eligible for admission to the preparatory course program.

Course Objectives

The preparatory course program offers prospective students whose mother tongue is not German courses geared to international language competence levels following the guidelines of the European Council and the learning objectives of the European language portfolio. The supplementary examinations attest the fulfilment of the requirements of a national school leaving certificate.

Placement Test + Determination of Level

If you are taking the preparatory study course for the first time, we will determine your current language level using a placement test. Allocation to follow-up courses is usually based on the result achieved in the previous course. Based on the placement test at the beginning of the semester, the course participants are assigned to the appropriate course level based on their language skills. The test consists of an oral part (interview with our language trainers) and a written part. A maximum of one module can be attended per semester.

Important!

Since the courses are intrinsic to the exam, overall attendance must reach 80% of the scheduled lessons.
If you acquire the German language skills required by the letter of admission before the end of the semester, you are not legally entitled to attend further German courses as part of the preparatory course program.

Course Brochure with all important information

Supplementary Subject German

Each module comprises 15 – 20 ECTS and consists of three or four parts, each with 72 teaching units at 45 min. per unit. Classes are held every morning (Monday to Friday) from 9:00 to 12:30 and twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) also in the afternoon from 01:30 to 03:00.

Language acquisition takes place through communicative language teaching with practice in the four skills (speaking, writing, listening, and reading) with special training in pronunciation (phonology).

Depending on the level, course contents include topics of everyday life, the world of study and work, current issues in politics and business as well as regional and cultural elements and are aimed to foster the development of learning strategies, the formation of cooperative skills and personal responsibility and the promotion of intercultural competence.

As of the winter semester 2020/21 the new curriculum will come into force: Modules I and II consist of 4 parts each; the cost per semester is € 840.00. Module III consists of 3 parts; the fee per semester is € 630.00.

Course Schedule

Monday

09:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (4 TU)

Tuesday

09:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (4 TU)

01:30 – 03:00 p.m. (2 TU)

Wednesday

09:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (4 TU)

Thursday

09:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (4 TU)

01:30 – 03:00 p.m. (2 TU)

Friday

09:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (4 TU)

Fees + Structure

Course + Examination Fees

  • Attendance of courses in modules I and II (supplementary exam included): € 840.00 / semester.
  • Attending the courses in Module III (supplementary exam included): € 630.00 / semester.
  • Only exam, that is without course attendance: € 50.00 per subject and attempt.

The contribution to the Austrian Student Union (ÖH contribution) must be paid in full by the established deadline. If you have any questions about the ÖH contribution, please contact the Admissions and Examinations Office in the main building (“Z”).

Module 1

Intermediate (B1)

Price: € 840.00

German for Intermediate Learners: Part 1 – 4

Target level: B1/b (level B1 finished)

Course period: 05.10.2020 – 29.01.2021
ECTS credits: 20
Intensity: 288 TU (teaching units)

Level B1/a (Introduction Stage)

Students with moderately advanced knowledge (a): The students are able to understand main points when clear “standard speech” is used. They can express themselves and understand current events or topics dealing with their occupation or areas of interest. They can produce simple, connected sentences to describe experiences and events and provide brief reasons or explanations.

Level B1/b (Consolidation Stage)

Students with moderately advanced knowledge (b): The students can manage most communication situations and participate without preparation in conversations which deal with common topics or current events. They understand texts written in everyday or job-related language and can express their opinions and plans with short explanations and reasons. They can reproduce stories and their meaning and add their own opinion in simply-worded summaries.

Module 2

Advanced (B2)

Price: € 840.00

German for Advanced Learners: Part 1 – 4

Target Level: B2/b (level B2 finished)

Course period: 05.10.2020 – 29.01.2021
ECTS credits: 20
Intensity: 288 TU (teaching units)

Level B2/a (Introduction Stage)

Students with independent knowledge (a): Students are able to understand and interpret text types in the field of general education. They can grasp the essentials of television and radio broadcasts, provided that the standard language is used. They can participate actively in discussions on familiar topics in informal situations, produce clear and relatively detailed texts on familiar issues and present the advantages and disadvantages of different solutions to problems.

Level B2/b (Consolidation Stage)

Students with independent knowledge (b): Students can understand more lengthy monologues and lectures and follow more complex argumentation. They can compose clear and detailed texts on a range of topics within their area of interest, report information accurately and express their own point of view. They can make themselves understood spontaneously and fluently, participate actively in discussions and support and defend their own position.

Module 3

Complex Language Knowledge (C1)

Price: € 630.00

German for Students with Complex Language Knowledge: Part 1 – 3

Target level: C1

Course period: 05.10. – 11.12.2020
ECTS Credits: 15
Intensity: 216 TU (teaching units)

Students with complex knowledge: Students command the spectrum of the language in its complexity and can grasp implicit meaning and connections and recognize stylistic differences. They can express themselves easily and spontaneously and can contribute fluently and effortlessly longer, complex discussion points even on challenging topics. They master a wide range of vocabulary and paraphrase appropriately so as to produce clear, detailed, and structured texts about complex subjects. In doing so, they are able to draw on complex grammatical constructions in order to advance their argumentative position adeptly.

Other Supplementary Subjects

In addition to the supplementary discipline “German”, the preparatory study course includes four additional subjects:

  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Geography

Please note that the additional subjects English, History and Mathematics each consist of several courses. The course for Geography includes only one course.

In order to be admitted to the courses, you must have sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction so that you can fully follow the respective lesson. It is therefore necessary to plan well in which semester you can or would like to attend which courses. You can find more information about the courses here.

Please also note that English 1, English 2, Mathematics 1 and History 1 each start in the winter semester! It is therefore not possible to start in the summer semester!

Fees: Supplementary exam + attendance of the course (s): € 110.00 per additional subject and semester. If you only wish to take the supplementary examination without taking courses, € 50.00 per attempt and subject must be paid.

Winter Semester

Supplementary Subject: Englisch

English (Part 1/2): Grammar, Writing, Listening and Reading Comprehension + Projects

Supplementary Subject: Mathematics

Mathematics 1 (part 1/2)

Supplementary Subject: History

History 1: General History (part 1/2)
History 2: Austrian History

Supplementary Subject: Geography

Basics of Geography

Summer Semester

Supplementary Subject: English

English (Part 2/2): Projects

Supplementary Subject: Mathematics

Mathematics 1 (part 2/2)
Mathematics 2

Supplementary Subject: History

History 1: General History (part 2/2)

Supplementary Subject: Geography

Dates + Deadlines: Winter semester 2020/21

Registration (subject to availability of course places)
01.09. – 02.10.2020
Monday to Friday 09:00 – 12:00, Thursday 09:00 – 03:00

Placement test (with no exception for registered participants!)
Monday, 05.10.2020, 09:00 a.m.

Course beginning
Monday, 05.10.2020, 09:00 a.m.

Duration
05.10.2020 – 29.01.2021

For information on the precise deadlines and admission requirements, please refer to the website of the Admissions and Examinations Office at the University of Klagenfurt. Here you will find the dates of holidays, days when there are no lessons or exams, and information about registration periods and extensions for the respective academic year.

Registration

All persons from the age of 17 can be admitted, provided that there are enough free course places available. Please note that only one module can be attended in a semester. Registration must be made within the specified registration deadlines, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the language course office, service building, 2nd floor, room O.2.04.

If possible, try to complete the registration already in the first two weeks of the scheduled period. It is not possible to “reserve” a place in a course for the following semester with an instructor. Registration and payment can take place exclusively in the language center office. There is a limited number of places available in each course. It may therefore happen that the course that suits you is booked, even if you come to register before the deadline. We keep waiting lists within the registration deadlines. Students who are on the list will be informed in the event a place becomes free.

First-Time Registration

For first-time registrations, which have to be made personally without exceptions, are needed:

  • Valid letter of admission of the AAU

    The admission letter will be issued to you by the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt after you have registered for a normal university degree course. If you have any questions about admissions, please contact the Admissions and Examinations Office in the main building (“Z”).

  • Online-Application

    Please fill in the online application. Immediately after submitting the online application, the University of Klagenfurt will automatically send you a confirmation email*. In addition to the link to the AAU intranet, it contains your username. You set the password yourself when you log in for the first time. Only after you have added the Preparatory Study Course (VAAU) to your studies we can localize you on the intranet and report your final registration to the admissions and examination office.
    *Please also check the spam folder of your mailbox if necessary. This email is extremely important!
  • You can’t make it? Don’t worry, we will help you:

    • We take care of the online application on your behalf. For this purpose please download the registration form, fill it in completely and bring it along when you come to register.
    • We also need a photo in passport quality. Please send us the photo to dia@aau.at. It is required to issue the AAU.card (student ID card). Registration is not possible without a suitable passport photo.
    • Registration for the Preparatory Study Course (VAAU) also requires a valid and personal email address. Important personal information will be sent to this email address later.
  • Photo ID

    Please bring a valid ID with photo (passport, ID card, residence card) in  original as well as a color copy. The ID must be a document showing your nationality. Your driver’s license is not suitable.

  • Residency Certificate

    Please bring your current confirmation of registration with local authorities. This is issued by the competent municipal authorities (“Gemeindeamt” or “Magistrat”) and, if you have a citizen card, can be requested online from the central population register (“Zentrales Melderegister”).

  • Social Security Card (e-card)

    If you have one, bring your social security card (e-card) in the original and with a copy.

  • Course fee or examination fee in cash

    The course fee or examination fee must be paid in cash. An automated teller machine and a bank are located on the ground floor of the “service building”, “O”, in which also the language course office is located (2nd floor).

Subsequent Registration

For subsequent registration – which must be done in person only if you have interrupted for one or more semesters – you will need:

  • Student ID (AAU.Card)

    The AAU.Card is the electronic student ID card of the AAU. It is equipped with a contactless chip for identification and can be used as an access medium. The validity period of the card is printed in the dedicated field of the ID card. This field is rewritable and can be updated or reprinted via a self-service printer station.

  • Study Data Sheet

    If the last semester you attended was not immediately before the current semester, you will need to bring a study data sheet, completed and signed.

  • Residency Certificate

    If your address has changed since the last registration with local authorities, please present an up-to-date confirmation of registration.

  • Course fee or examination fee in cash

    The course fee or examination fee must be paid in cash. An automated teller machine and a bank are located on the ground floor of the building.