Internationales Kulturinstitut

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The Internationales Kulturinstitut (English: International Culture Institute) is an educational institution based in Vienna, Austria. A non-profit organisation, it specialises in teaching German as a foreign language and is one of Vienna's most renowned[citation needed] language schools. Each month, between 250 and 350 students from throughout the world study at IKI. Also, IKI annually organises the Spring in Vienna programme in co-operation with the University of Washington.

IKI at night


Between October and June, IKI can arrange accommodation in apartments in the city free of charge. In the summer months (July, August and September, however, accommodation is provided in Haus Salzburg, a student dormitory in Mariahilf. Most students choose to live in Haus Salzburg.


IKI offers a range of full-time, part-time, intensive and evening classes. Most students choose to spend between 1 – 18 months studying in Vienna, with 3 hours of classes per day. It is also possible to take a series of evening classes spread out across a semester, or even have individual one-on-one tuition.

IKI is also an Österreichisches Sprachdiplom (an Austrian oral examination) examination centre and also a member of the Union of Austrian Language Schools (CAMPUS AUSTRIA), which was founded by the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Full information about the Sprachdiplom can be found on the official website.


IKI has two central locations in an historic part of Vienna's city centre. The main campus, including the reception, school office, and five classrooms are located near the Vienna State Opera House at Opernring 7. A second, smaller campus is located nearby, at Bösendorferstraße 9. Both are close to Karlsplatz/Oper underground station which can be reached on the U1, U2 and U4 lines, the 1, 2, D, J, 62 and 65 trams, the 4A and 59A buses and on the Badener Bahn. The campuses are within walking distance of each other.

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