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German in Vienna ‘Zertifikat Deutsch’
German Language Overview ‘OSD Mittelstufe’
German language Certificates  

Internationally recognized certificates

For universities they are a requirement, for many jobs they are an advantage: internationally recognized certificates proving your German language skills.

Austrian German Diploma (OSD):


The Austrian German Diploma (OSD), which is advocated by the Austrian state, boasts 120 examination centres in 30 countries and enjoys world wide recognition for its German as a foreign language examinations.

  • Grundstufe Deutsch, GD (Elementary)
    The candidate is able to communicate in everyday situations on an elementary level. Understanding skills (reading and listening) are more important for this exam than production skills (writing and speaking).
    European Framework*: Level A2 / Waystage

  • Zertifikat Deutsch, ZD (Pre-Intermediate)
    The Zertifikat Deutsch is a joint certificate of OSD, the Goethe Institute, WBT, EDK and University of Fribourg. At this level the exam puts as much emphasis on the candidate’s production skills as on their understanding skills.
    European Framework*: Level B1 / Threshold
  • OSD Mittelstufe, MD (Intermediate)
    The candidate is supposed to be able to handle subjects beyond everyday situations. Not only linguistic but also pragmatical and intercultural knowledge is expected.
    European Framework*: Level C1 / Effective-proficiency
*The Common European Framework of Reference as issued by the European Commission is the basis for the advancement of European multilingualism.

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