Foreign Languages at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences: It Pays to Talk

Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FH Vorarlberg) encourages all students to learn at least one foreign language. Therefore, English is offered as a compulsory subject in all courses of studies. All English courses are integrated into the degree programme curricula, and their content and structure are directed towards the needs of students.

FH Vorarlberg also offers the following language courses:

German Culture and Communication

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.

The following courses are offered in both the winter and summer semesters:

  • German Culture and Communication: Beginners (2 ECTS)
  • German Culture and Communication: Beginners - Fast Track (2 ECTS)
  • German Culture and Communication: Upper Intermediate/Advanced (2 ECTS)
  • German for Business: Advanced (2 ECTS)

Elective Language Courses at FH Vorarlberg

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.

Currently, courses are offered in Spanish, Russian, Turkish (24 units) and English (30 units). 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. 

English Bridging Course 

In 2018/2019, the FH Vorarlberg, in cooperation with the Students' Union at FH Vorarlberg, will again be offering an 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 B1/B2-level. 

This course is funded by the Students’ Union at FH Vorarlberg. Unlike other foreign language courses, it is essentially only open to and free of charge for regular students at FH Vorarlberg. Students may only take the course once. 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. If your level is lower than B1 or is B2 or higher, the course is not suitable for you. 

In order to ensure that language levels in the course are similar and to support learning, the language levels of the course participants will be evaluated by the course instructor at the first meeting. The evaluation is advisory. 

Duncan Ironside, the course instructor, 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. 

Please carefully read the following information before registering for a course. By registering you declare your acceptance of the application and payment requirements. 

Elective Course Offerings

Spanish Communication and Culture 1 | Beginners (ab initio) Mondays 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Mikaela Casero Pariente
Spanish Communication and Culture 2 | Beginners Mondays 7:20 to 9:05 p.m. Mikaela Casero Pariente
Pilar Zerpa Aleman
Spanish Communication and Culture 3 | Intermediate Mondays 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Pilar Zerpa Aleman
Russian Communication and Culture 1 | Beginners (ab initio) Tuesdays 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Oksana Nosko
Turkish Communication and Culture 2 | Beginners Tuesdays 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Theresa Cagli-Rusch
English Bridging CourseMondays 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. and Tuesdays 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Duncan Ironside

Application and Payment Requirements

  • English Bridging Course starts on 4 March and the second class meeting is on 5 March 2019.
  • The other language courses start on 11 or 12 March 2019.
  • All students, alumni, faculty and staff are eligible to sign up for these courses. The only exception is the English course, which is essentially only open to regular students at FH Vorarlberg.
  • The final decision about whether a particular course will run depends on the number of participants signed up for that course by the registration deadline. That is why it is important that you register for a course prior to the deadline.
  • Registration is binding. Payment of the course fee is due in full once you have signed up for a course. If a course is held, payment is non-refundable, even if you are unable to attend the course. Registration is non-transferable.
  • Only the English course is free of charge. 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 by the Students' Union at FH Vorarlberg.
  • Registration and payment have been set up this way because the courses are proportionally subsidized by FH Vorarlberg and final course offerings depend on the number of participants registered by the deadline. The English course is financed by the Students' Union at FH Vorarlberg and offered in cooperation with FH Vorarlberg.
  • EUR 90 per semester and course (except the English course)
  • Courses require a minimum of 12 participants. Everyone who has registered for a course will be informed soon after the registration deadline. If a course does not run, the course fee will be refunded as quickly as possible. The minimum number of participants in the English course is 8 and the maximum number is 15.
  • Course registration can only be done using the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences’ online registration system and payments can only be made via bank transfer.
  • Foreign language courses consist of 24 x 45 minutes taught over a period of 12 evenings. The English course consists of 30 x 45 minutes taught over a period of 15 evenings.
  • Foreign language courses and the English course do not appear in the Transcript of Records. There are no final course grades. However, students who attend 80% or more of the classes will receive, upon request, a written confirmation of participation.
  • By registering for a course you indicate your acceptance of the binding registration and payment conditions.

Any Further Questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact Sabine Frick, who will be happy to assist you. For content questions, please check with the individual language instructors.

Exchange students who need any help with the course registration (only available in German) are welcome to contact the team of the International Office.

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