National Registration Center for Study Abroad
To speak with a NRCSA staff member, please call (888) 678-6211
Or, email us at
Home Register Request Info/Brochure Selecting A Program Top Choice Programs Academic Credit About NRCSA NRCSA Past Participants Contact Us


Programs & Admission
Lodging & Arrivals
Dates & Fees
Photo Gallery
At A Glance
Request Information

Cities In Austria
Salzburg - Homestudy
Vienna - Southeast
Vienna - City Central
Vienna - Homestudy

Germany Speaking Countries

Programs & Activities - Kitzbühel, Austria  


General Course Information

Methodology The German lessons make use of the most up-to-date texts and methodology. The emphasis is on speaking and comprehension. Because of the intensive nature of the lessons, students improve quickly.
Learning Resources The center is well equipped with books, videos, audio cassettes, newspapers, magazines and text books which students may borrow for private study.
All Levels of German Welcome From complete beginner to highly advanced. Each student is required to take a placement test on the first Monday, with the exception of complete beginners. The test will establish the student's German language level so that the school may place him/her in the appropriate class.
Teacher Training All teachers are experienced and are university, college and academy educated in teaching German as a foreign language.



Standard Program
Group 20 lessons per week. The Intensive Group program combines four lessons daily of German language study with participation in the Free Time Program. Class sizes are small, between 2 and 6 students, which provides certain advantages that cannot be achieved in classes of a larger size. Students experience a higher level of participation, more control over what topics or grammar points are discussed or studied, more individual attention from the teacher, and more interaction between students.

Lessons are scheduled from 9.00 to 12.15, Monday through Friday. Each lesson has a duration of 45 minutes.

Students who are the only person at a particular language level will be given 3 lessons of 45 minutes each with a private tutor, scheduled from 9.00 to 11.30. Full participation in the Free Time Program is included.
Private Classes
10 lessons per week. Private instruction is available for those who want a more intensive program. Each lesson is 45 minutes in duration and the school can accommodate one student or two students per tutor. Special vocabulary lessons, such as commercial or business German, can be arranged. Tutor lessons are scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening.

Senior Program
A two weeks course with German tuition on weekdays morning, one whole day trip and two half day trips, two evening classes per week and three social evenings per week. Accommodation in a single room with a shower in a small friendly pension.

German + Ski/Snowboard Instructor Course
Preparation Course/Exam for certification Program as an Austrian qualified ski/snowboard instructor, plus intensive language training.

View more information about this program


Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 16 years and older are welcomed regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No previous knowledge of German is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study program should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

All programs have been approved by some U.S. schools, colleges and universities for which credit has been given. If requesting credit from your home college or university, check with your school for transfer of credit prior to registering. Get a letter of instructions from your home school and advise school administrators upon arrival of your credit transfer needs. Students who have arranged with their home college or university to receive credits for German study will receive a letter stating dates of study, hours completed, progress and level of achievement.

For more information about academic credit in German speaking countries, please click here.
For general information on academic credit, please click here.


Certificates & Exams

Students who would like an attendance certificate at the end of their study should notify the school's staff before the end of the last week. Students may also request to take an exit test at the end of the program. All tests and exams are voluntary and the school is happy to organize them on request.

The school can prepare students for the Österreichisches Sprachdiplom (ÖSD) which is an internationally recognized exam for German as a foreign language. The school is not authorized to supervise the exam itself, but they will make all the necessary arrangements to book the student into an exam at the nearest examination centre. Students may also take it at the Austrian Culture Institute in their own country after a German language course.


Special Activities

Free Time Program
Every activity in the Free Time Program is accompanied by a native German speaking teacher who encourages students to speak German and who helps beginners to use their new language skills.
  •   Afternoon Activities - In spring, summer and autumn the school organizes trips exploring the surrounding environment, and a variety of cultural and sporting excursions. The Alps area is of outstanding natural beauty, the mountain walks and the natural lakes are spectacularly beautiful.
  •   Evening Classes - These take place twice a week and are open to all students of all levels. These lessons are more relaxed than the formal teaching in the morning classes, and students are encouraged to submit ideas for the evening classes. Instruction activities can range from presentations about Austrian and German history, slides of the famous cities of Austria and Germany, video showings, language games, specific grammar points chosen by students, "typical error" sessions, pronunciation drills and many other options.
  •   Social Evenings - Staff and students meet at least 3 times per week in the most comfortable pubs or cafés. These actvities are ideal to get students together and to get people using German in a social situation. These evenings are the most relaxed of the free time activities and often the most popular. Again, a native German speaking teacher is always present. It is at the social evenings that the director attempts to explain the rules of "Liar's Poker", a dice game ideal for round table discussions.

Ski Excursions & Lessons

In the ski season, the school organizes skiing and/or snowboarding. The season runs from the end of November to the beginning of May. The staff and students usually decide during the coffee break between morning lessons where they will ski, based on the weather conditions, snow conditions and experience of the group. The school is a 5 minute walk from the nearest ski bus stop.

The school director is a licensed ski instructor, approved and authorized by the official Kitzbühel Ski School to give lessons. Please request this program on the NRCSA registration form, with final arrangements and payment for skiing payable locally. Students are eligible to purchase a one month ski pass at a reduced rate.

Other Excursions
The school also organizes visits to the historic towns of Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich, and sometimes makes full-day trips to these towns. Transportation for these cultural excursions is provided in the school's own van, however, if there are more students who wish to attend than can fit in the van, either private cars (as most prefer) or a coach is hired, with costs being shared by everyone.

Program Overview (PDF)

Standard Program
Private Classes
Senior Program
Intensive German & Ski/Snowboard
Admissions & Academic Credit
Certificates & Exams

Free Time Program
Ski Lessons
General Excursions


National Registration Center for Study Abroad
P.O. Box 1393    Milwaukee, WI   53201   USA
Tel: (414) 278-0631    Fax: (414) 271-8884    E-Mail:
Articles - News