ActiLingua offers German courses in combination with paid or unpaid work experience. The programme is divided into two parts. First you attend a preparatory German course in Vienna for at least 4 weeks. This is followed by a work placement lasting a minimum of one months at a carefully selected Austrian enterprise, e.g. hotel, restaurant, travel agency, import/export company or ski school.

  • Paid work experience: For students from countries of the European Union and from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

  • Unpaid work experience: For students of non EU or EU countries


  • Preferably between 16-30 years old.
  • Good command of German (min. 2-3 years at school or min. 12 weeks German course with ActiLingua).
  • Good command of English.
  • Minimum stay in Austria: 3-4 months.
  • Health and liability insurance documents (European insurance card or private insurance) necessary on arrival.


The German course takes place in Vienna. In 20 or 30 lessons / week you improve your communication skills. Lessons in grammar and conversation help you with syntax and vocabulary building. You practice formal and informal letter writing and work on listening and reading comprehension.

Cultural/special interest classes:

Every course includes 5 lessons/week of our cultural programme and special interest classes. We organize special talks, discussions and videos on Austrian music, art, literature, history and architecture. Films, tours of the many sights of Vienna, parties and sports all form part of the programme.


Students may choose from the sectors listed under paid / unpaid experience. We will consider preferences as far as possible. Please note that the position offered is likely to be influenced by the applicant's previous work experience, education and his/her level of German.

Employment location: Most of the job placements offered by ActiLingua are in Vienna, Salzburg or tourist resorts in the Alps.

Placement at an Austrian company: telephone or personal interview; selection of a company suitable for the applicant. Evaluation and final report by the employer.


To apply for Work Experience please send us:

  • Registration form for the German course.
  • Curriculum Vitae (resume) in German or English.
  • Letter of motivation (Why do you want to do the job?).
  • 1 photo.
  • Application form for paid or unpaid work experience.
  • Health and liability insurance must be contracted by the students.

Your application papers must have reached ActiLingua a minimum of nine weeks before the start of German & Work Experience. We will confirm the receipt of your application. Our confirmation will also include information on the telephone interview between the student and the ActiLingua Placement Officer. Please call the ActiLingua Placement Officer within 5 days of receiving our confirmation.


You can collect your job confirmation from the ActiLingua school office 4 weeks before commencement of employment. It includes precise details of your workplace, starting time and conditions. You will then call or arrange an interview with your employer and sign the job confirmation.


After the internship each participant will get a detailed description and evaluation from his employer, regarding the content and success of the traineeship.

Program taught in:
  • German

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