Selecting courses and placement

It is important to us that our language courses are motivating and not frustrating for you. The course should match your language level as far as possible. We will help you to find the course that is most suitable for you.


  • You are an absolute beginner.
  • You have successfully completed a previous course with us or at another university/college. Please bring your course certificate with you.
  • You have taken a placement test with us in the last two years. Please let us know the semester, the language and the approximate level.
  • You have an official language certificate (ÖSD, ÖIF, IELTS, telc, DELF, ...), please bring it with you when you register.


This free online placement test was developed by several European universities and is based on the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Please use this placement test for the languages English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish.

1. Go to the homepage: DIALANG.

2. Click the arrow icon.

3. Select "Notes in English" or another language and click OK.

4. Read the information about the test on the next three pages.

Do the test on your own.

The parts of the test (listening, writing, reading, grammar and vocabulary) can be taken in any order.

The audios can only be heard once.

The first step is to determine your vocabulary knowledge. We recommend that you complete this step, as the level of the further tasks is adjusted on the basis of this first step.

Filling out the self-assessment questionnaires is optional, but we recommend it also.

5. Plan 1-2 hours for the full test.

IMPORTANT: The results are NOT summarized in a document, so make sure to save a screenshot of your partial test results or to write them down. Bring the result as a printout or scan/screenshot for personal registration.

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