Jugendcollege StartWien

The youth college offers newly immigrated teenagers and young adults a tailor-made program that enables them to get an optimal start and sustainable success in the Vienna (training and) education system as quickly as possible.

Through intensive German lessons with a particular focus on educational and technical language, the expansion of English language skills and the deepening of digital and mathematical skills, the youth college prepares its participants individually and specifically for secondary school or a training position (apprenticeship). In addition, course participants have the opportunity to take a state-recognized German exam (ÖIF or ÖSD).

A dedicated team of advisors as well as school and company contacts support and support the young people holistically, individually and professionally. It helps transform the participants' professional dreams into concrete plans and implement them - from career orientation to the application process to follow-up support.    

Depending on their individual needs and previous knowledge, young people can flexibly start one of the six course modules (A1 to B1). For young people who are already attending secondary school, support in German as a second language is offered through tutoring courses and intensive courses during the summer holidays.

Impact figures for 2023 at a glance

Number of:

Participants: 272 (including 48% female)
Courses & course places: 54 courses with 679 course places

Residence status of the course participants

44% Third-country nationals ,
31% asylum family,
20% EU nationals,
3% Austrian citizens

Countries of origin

(5 largest origin groups)
Syria, Serbia, Afghanistan, Hungary, Ukraine

Project results

Passed Language exams (A2-B1): 113
Placements: 40


Funding data

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