Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FH Vorarlberg) encourages all students to learn at least one foreign language. That is why English as a second language is a compulsory subject in every degree programme. All English courses are integrated into the degree programme curricula, and their content and structure are directed towards the needs of students.
Students whose first language is not German may enrol in our German as a foreign language courses. Not only do they develop their German language skills, they also learn about the cultural aspects of German-speaking countries.
During the Welcome Week students at FH Vorarlberg are placed in German groups according to their language levels.
With the aid of these courses, you can improve your command of a foreign language. Or you may wish to start learning a new one. A foreign language opens up new professional and personal horizons.
FH Vorarlberg offers customized and reasonably priced extracurricular language courses for students, alumni, faculty, staff and visiting lecturers.
NEW COURSE: in 2017/2018, the FH Vorarlberg, in cooperation with the Students’ Union at FH Vorarlberg, will be offering a pilot English course for students. The course is aimed at regular students who want to consolidate or review their school-leaving knowledge of English. In this course, the four skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading) are practiced using general course materials at the B2-level. For the purposes of sustainable learning students are required to enrol in the course for two semesters (in total 4 SWS or 60 units of instruction).
This coming semester the Fachhochshule Vorarlberg will offer an English bridging course, designed to support all those students who would like to refresh their ‘Matura’-level English language skills. With the assistance of a range of learning materials and techniques, including video and film, role play, aural material and texts, all four of the required skill sets (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be covered and further developed. For example, you will learn how to write a coherent paragraph or give a fact-based presentation. Additionally, you will practice reading a general academic text and work with current and contemporary affairs broadcasts via video or Podcast.
The course starts in October 2017 and will complete in June 2018. Duncan Ironside is the course leader. He has many years of English teaching in both an academic and a business environment. Before he became a teacher, he set-up and ran a number of businesses in Asia, Australia and the UK focused on the marketing, advertising and Public Relations disciplines. He began his career as a technology journalist in Australia.
This course is funded by the Students’ Union at FH Vorarlberg. Unlike other foreign language courses, it is essentially only open to and free for regular students at FH Vorarlberg. If a student drops the course or misses more than two classes in a semester, he/she will be charged a fee of EUR 90. Students can enrol in the course using FH Vorarlberg’s online registration system. The course is limited to 15 and will not take place if there are less than 8 participants. Before registering for the course, students should ascertain their language level using the self-assessment grid (link to PDF).
For the purposes of sustainable learning students are required to enroll in the course for two semesters (in total 4 SWS or 60 units of instruction, i.e. 2 SWS or 30 units of instruction per semester). For the purposes of sustainable learning students are required to enroll in the course for two semesters (in total 4 SWS or 60 units of instruction, i.e. 2 SWS or 30 units of instruction per semester).
Currently, courses are offered in Spanish, Russian, Turkish and English. The course offerings support the international programmes offered by FH Vorarlberg. We are open for your suggestions for language courses, if there are enough people who are interested (minimum number of 12) and we can find a suitable language instructor.
|Spanish communication and culture: Beginners|| Mondays 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. |
Room U3 05
| Mikaela Casero Pariente |
|Spanish communication and culture: Intermediate||Mondays 7:20 to 9:05 p.m.|| |
|Spanish communication and culture: Advanced||Mondays 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.||Pilar Zerpa Aleman |
|Russian for studies and on the job: Beginners|| |
Mondays 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.
| Oksana Nosko |
|Turkish for beginners: 1||Tuesdays 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.||Theresa Cagli-Rusch |
|English Bridging Course 1|| Mondays 7:15 to 9:05 p.m. and |
Tuesdays 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Room U3 04
|Duncan Ironside |
If you have any further questions, please contact Elisabeth Kloser, who will be happy to assist you. For content questions, please check with the individual language instructors.
If you have any questions about accreditation of a language course, please contact your degree programme office.
Exchange students who need any help with the course registration (only available in German) are welcome to contact the team of the International Office.