Learning a foreign language is invariably a prerequisite for employment-based migration. Austria has gained popularity as a destination for work. Migrants in Austria regularly send remittances back to their home countries via the Ria Money Transfer App and similar trusted channels. Applicants should gain high proficiency in the German language before applying for an Austrian visa. Here is a look at some ways to become proficient in German before leaving your home country.
ÖSD certificate B2
Migration to Austria for work requires one of 2 German language proficiency certificates. These are the ÖSD certificate B2, and ÖIF Certificate. The B2 exam assesses language use in practical situations. This includes German in everyday life, as well as professional, social, and educational settings. This exam is approved by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Education, Science, and Cultural Affairs. The B2 exam assesses German as a foreign language and as a second language. There are 2 OSD exam centres in India. These are in Chandigarh and Bangalore.
The Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF) lets language learners choose the right exam based on their proficiency level. OIF offers a free online German placement test. It helps place participants at a suitable level of the exam. ÖIF is a partner of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. It is recognized by Austria’s migration authorities. ÖIF refunds up to 50% of the German course fees on successfully completing the A2/A3 test.
Learning German online
FluentU is a popular website and app for learning German. The platform makes use of real world videos like music videos, movie trailers, news, and inspiring talks. It turns them into personalized language learning lessons. FluentU claims that its users will learn German “the way native speakers really use it”. After a 14-day free trial FluentU costs INR 2,200 per month.
Deutsch Akadamie offers free online German courses. The platform has a vast repository of learning resources. It has over 50,000 online exercises on German grammar and vocabulary to suit learners at all levels. The tasks are structured according to the German coursebook and the European Reference Framework (CEFR). There is also a handy online message forum. Users can reach out to fellow learners for support. Professional German teachers are available to help with any problems. Deutsch Akadamie comes in free and paid versions. The online course costs the equivalent of INR 8,000.
Deutsch-Lernen.com offers lessons for beginners and advanced learners. It is free to use. The site has a convenient online test which helps learners assess their current level and decide which lessons would suit them best. Deutsch-Lernen.com also offers a German resume writing service.
German teaching institutions in India
Goethe Institute offers specialized courses for practicing German language skills. Students can choose to learn online, or in a blended learning format. Free online placement tests are available. The courses cost INR 62,000 per level. The levels are A1 (beginner), A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2 (proficient). Participants get support, feedback, and corrections on tasks. They also get a certificate of participation upon successful completion of a course.
Study Feeds is a highly rated German language training institute. The fee structure depends on the student’s level which can be beginner (A1/A2), intermediate (B1/B2), or advanced (C1). Study Feeds offers digital (online) programs, interactive online classes, live video recordings of classes, Goethe Institute syllabus, mock tests, and exams. The price ranges from INR 15,000-50,000 including books. There are individual German classes on an hourly, weekly, or monthly basis. These can be customized according to the requirement of working professionals whose schedules might not allow them to take the standard courses.
German is the official and primary language throughout Austria. The country has a well-developed economy which is currently strong and stable. Unlike most major European countries, Austria’s economy is dominated by its small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Many industries benefit from year-round employment opportunities. Others are suffering from labor supply shortages. Local employers are eager to hire expats. A high proficiency in German is a necessary prerequisite for employment in almost all jobs. The average annual salary in Austria is EUR 32,250 (INR 2,870,121).
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Hemant G is a contributing writer at Sparkwebs LLC, a Digital and Content Marketing Agency. When he’s not writing, he loves to travel, scuba dive, and watch documentaries.