Course Catalogue

International Office Courses

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Courses offered by the International Office

Course Title: German as a Foreign Language (Level A1.2)

Term/year of study when the course is delivered: every semester
Course Code: IOWS24DAF1 / IOWS24DAF1B
ECTS-Credits: 2
Level: A1.2
Teaching Units: 28 units

Language: English


Course Content: In this German course following topics will be worked on: introducing oneself, my family, shopping, my flat, my day, activities in my spare time. Further, students will learn about food and eating, invitations, travelling, celebrations, living and clothes. Concerning the grammar, following issues will be treated: conjugation of verbs, making questions, prepositions, possessive pronouns, personal pronouns, plural, negation, cases (Accusative), modal verbs. Also past tense, special verbs (separable verbs) and the subjunctive mood will be treated.

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Course Title: German as a Foreign Language (Level A2.1)

Term / year of study when the course is delivered: every semester
Course Code: IOWS24DAF2
ECTS-Credits: 2
Level: A2.1
Teaching Units: 28 units

Language: English


Course Content: In this German course following topics will be worked on: activities in the past, way descriptions, living, in town, appointments, wishes and plans for the future, health and Illness, clothes and the weather. With regard to grammar, following issues will be treated: local prepositions, possessive pronouns, verbs with Dativ, temporal prepositions and imperative.

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This course is only offered in the fall/winter term!

This course starts right after the Welcome Days and ends before the follow-up course "German as a Foreign Language Course A1.1"

Course Title: German Language Intensive Course (Level A1)

Term / year of study when the course is delivered: FALL/WINTER TERM ONLY
Course Code: IOWS24DAFIKA/IOWS24DAFIKB
ECTS-Credits: 2
Level: A1.1
Teaching Units: 28 units

Language: English

Course Overview: This German course will cover a range of topics, including self-introduction, family, shopping, living spaces, daily routines, leisure activities, food, invitations, travel, celebrations, clothing, and more. Additionally, students will delve into various aspects of German grammar, such as verb conjugation, question formation, prepositions, possessive and personal pronouns, plurals, negation, accusative case, modal verbs, past tense, separable verbs, and the subjunctive mood.

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Course Title: German as a Foreign Language (Level A2.2)

Term / year of study when the course is delivered: every semester
Course Code: IOWS24DAF3
ECTS-Credits: 2
Level: A2.2
Teaching Units: 28 units

Language: German


Course Content: In this course following topics will be worked on: occupation and work, studies and university, health and sickness, leisure activities, eating out, shopping, Austrian Life and Culture. Furthermore, following grammar will be dealt with: present tense, past tense, future tense, adjectives (comparatives and superlatives), sentence structure, modal verbs and prepositions.

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Course Title: Inside Austria: Exploring a New Culture

Term / year of study when the course is delivered: every semester
Course Code: IOWS24IAEC
ECTS-Credits: 2
Type: ILV Lecture with integrated project work and assignments
Language: English


Course Content: This course provides the most important information on and insights into Austria. A country that has a lot of history and scenic beauty to offer. In addition to historical, political and geographical facts, students will gain a broader impression of the various influences that have shaped Austrian society and its cultural and national identity. Austrian values, traditions, customs and ways of life are discussed in detail. Different aspects of Austrian culture are explored and cultural differences or similarities will be discussed. Students continuously reflect on their experiences and become aware of their own cultural conditioning. Students will not only learn about Austrian culture, they will also experience it as part of an excursion and a workshop.

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Course Title: Outdoor Austria: From the Ground Up

Term / year of study when the course is delivered: every semester
Course Code: IOWS24OAGU
ECTS-Credits: 1
Type: EX Excursion
Language: English

Course Content: Learning should not be limited to a classroom on campus: In this course, nature and the Austrian outdoors will be your classroom, your experience is your teacher, and I will be your guide. Join us as we venture into wilderness and learn more about how to safely engage with Austrian nature, in a practical, experiential way. The course includes a backpacking hike and overnight stay at a traditional Austrian ‘Almhutte.’ Course Duration: Choose one of two intensive weekends, Friday-Saturday.

Weekend:  20-21 September 2024

Course Costs: Transport, Food, and Lodging at your own expense. Approximately 70€.

Recommendation: suitable hiking shoes

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Course Title: Working in Multicultural Teams

Term/year of study when the course is delivered: every semester
Course Code: IOWS24WIMT
ECTS-Credits: 2
Type: ILV Lecture with integrated project work
Language: English


Course Content: An exchange semester provides rich opportunities to interact with people from other cultures and broaden perspectives. This course aims to enhance intercultural awareness so that these encounters are more valuable. The ability to work well in a multicultural environment is an increasingly sought after competence in the workplace. Participants, who as a group come from multiple cultural backgrounds, will be stimulated to consider the concept of culture, with a reflection on their own perspective and personal journey as a starting point. Build onto existing knowledge through sharing encounters, teamwork and the consideration of effective questioning. Broaden understanding through the experience of business people who can compare and contrast their experience of working with other cultures and in other countries. Identify benefits and possible underlying causes of the challenges within multicultural teams through analyzing case studies. Conflict management will be explored and in group discussions resolutions to issues will be worked out. Roleplay and simulation, theoretical concepts and literature will support learning.

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Course Title: Global Culture: Exploring your Country's Role

Term / year of study when the course is delivered: every semester
Course Code: IOWS24GCEC
ECTS-Credits: 2
Type: ILV Lecture with integrated project work
Language: English

Course Content: This interactive course draws on a range of disciplines and aims to create a space in which students explore topics surrounding globalization and its local impact on culture, study and work in a relaxed atmosphere.  In this process of learning and sharing, participants deepen the ability to empathise while also developing personal opinions. Students are encouraged to identify and locate their local and personal culture within the context of the global. Each person has their own unique perspectives formed from experience, history and varying cultural backgrounds, all of which enhances collaborative learning through knowledge exchange.  Learning will be supported through interactive discussions, collaborative and small-group exercises, theory, literature, video clips and assessments.

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Course Title: Internship Cultural Coaching

Term / year of study when the course is delivered: every semester
Course Code: IOWS24ICCOKT / IOWS24ICCNOV
ECTS-Credits: 1
Type: ILV Lecture with integrated project work
Language: English


Course Content: The goal of this coaching course is to deepen intercultural awareness and curiosity, with the aim of enhancing cultural experience.  Students are challenged to explore their own cultural perspectives and biases.  Through this process, unique aspects of other cultures are recognised and meaningful exchanges can take place. Topics include verbal and non-verbal communication, assumptions, norms, ritual, values, time and space orientations, company culture and feedback styles and reflections.  Learning is interactive, using cultural models and exercises, to stimulate round table discussions. Writing six journal entries relating to cultural encounters while abroad, aims to deepen and cultural experience and enhance personal growth. A final report on return should summarise the overall cultural learning journey.

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Course Title: Tandem Learning

Term / year of study when the course is delivered: every semester
Course Code: IOWS24TLL
ECTS-Credits: 1
Type: ILV Lecture with integrated project work
Language: English

Tandem learning is a cooperative way of learning a language and/or discovering a new culture. The Tandem partners support each other in an individually organized learning process, e.g. the German speaking partner helps with German, the incoming student with his/her mother tongue. Tandem learning covers both language and intercultural learning.

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