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WAFF funding: funding for the study of German and other foreign languages.

If you are planning to learn a new language to get a job, improve your skills, integrate in another country, waff helps you by sponsoring educational courses in Austria. The waff partially covers the costs of continuing education courses that help you achieve your professional goals, get promoted or better understand others in your new society.

What is waff funding?

WAFF offers financial support in the form of partial reimbursement for language courses in Austria. Employees on educational leave who need further training to improve their skills or return to work, as well as new self-employed workers, can count on this support. WAFF funding helps students take courses and saves on their course fees, as part of the amount is transferred to the school's account by WAFF.


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IFU Sprachschulung also offers this possibility - you can apply for co-financing of the chosen language course. You will then receive a course cost estimate to submit to WAFF. Afterwards, you will receive a confirmation from the organization that your application has been accepted - and part of the tuition fee will be refunded.

German intensive course in Vienna with waff funding.

Deutsch-Intensivkurs A1, A2, B1, B2, C1

Start: 30.05.2023

Language level: A1 A2 B1 B2 C1

Group size: 6 participants or more

Course days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Course duration: 8:15 - 10:15 10:30 - 12:30 12:30 - 14:30 15:30 - 17:30 18:00 - 20:00

€250 / 1 month (½ language level)
€450 / 2 months (1 language level)

If you would like to finance or be reimbursed for your continuing education, there are many options available to you through waff.

If your primary residence is in Vienna, below are some of the available offerings that may apply to you:

For individuals who are employed in Vienna and submit an application before the course begins, the Opportunity check covers:

  • 90% of course costs up to max. 5,000 EUR for catching up on the first apprenticeship qualification, for the recognition of qualifications from abroad and for educational qualifications with a legally regulated curriculum.
  • 90% of course costs up to a maximum of EUR 3,000 for vocational training and continuing education.

If you work in Vienna and would like to take an education or training course in the field of 'digital literacy', you can apply for funding for the courses from the 'Digi-Winner' program of AK Vienna and waff.

For Viennese employees with place of employment in Vienna

  • 80% of the course costs with a net income of up to 1,500 EUR
  • 60% of the course costs with a net income of up to 2,000 EUR
  • 40% of the course costs with a net income of up to 2,500 EUR

of the course costs up to a maximum of 5,000 EUR

For Viennese employees with place of employment in another province

  • 80% of the course costs with a net income of up to 1,500 EUR
  • 60% of the course costs with a net income of up to 2,000 EUR
  • 40% of the course costs with a net income of up to 2,500 EUR

of the course costs up to a maximum of 2,500 EUR

Unemployed Viennese

  • 40% of course costs up to a maximum of 2,500 EUR with the approval of AMS

In cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, apprentices also have the opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship grant and extension Digi-Scheck for future-relevant skills (digitalization, climate protection and sustainability, energy and resource management and job-related foreign languages).
This includes:

  • Extension until the end of 2023 in preparation
  • - Extension of WK funding by EUR 500 per course / up to EUR 1,500 per calendar year if the application is submitted to WKW.

For Viennese on parental or nursing leave who are preparing to re-enter the workforce, there is also the possibility of being supported by waff with the KAWI qualification grant. Under this program, up to EUR 4,000 can be used to cover the costs of continuing education if an application is submitted before the course begins.


  • The earned income amounts to a maximum of EUR 2,500 (this does not apply to employees with a maximum of compulsory education)
  • Current employment relationship
  • Main residence in Vienna
  • Parental leave lasts until the child reaches the age of 18 at the most.
  • Education and training is not attended in part or in full, e.g. during educational leave or voluntary parental leave.

This program provides comprehensive support for women pursuing part-time studies in the fields of digitalization, sustainability and technology at a Viennese UAS.

  • If a place on the program is awarded: under certain circumstances, a scholarship may be awarded: EUR 10,000 for a bachelor's program, EUR 7,000 for a master's program.
  • While receiving the scholarship, the net additional income limit is 36,000 EUR, per year.

The following training programs are eligible to apply for the nursing training grant:

  • Nursing Assistant and Nursing Assistant
  • Certified health and nursing care, bachelor's degree for certified health and nursing care
  • Specialized social care with integrated training for nursing assistance.

These individuals are eligible to receive a monthly training contribution/subsidy from 09/01/2022 - 08/31/2025.

FAQ: How do I receive a scholarship or partial compensation for the course?

Students of IFU Sprachschulung GmbH have the opportunity to complete the course with the support and co-financing of Waff. IFU Sprachschulung is authorized to sponsor language courses and is also recognized by WAFF. Therefore, funding by Waff at IFU Sprachschulung GmbH is not a problem.

A person who is looking for a job, is on educational leave or has recently become self-employed can apply for financial support from Waff. If you need a course at IFU Sprachschulung GmbH to improve your work skills, to improve your qualifications, then you can expect funding. But you need to clarify this information in advance with a counselor to make sure you definitely fall into the right category.

To receive financial aid or a scholarship from Waff at IFU Language Training, follow this algorithm:

  • 1. Contact a Waff advisor. It will help you calculate all training costs in advance and indicate the amount of a grant or scholarship you can expect to receive. If you are eligible, Waff will provide you with an 'Opportunity Check.'
  • 2. Visit the IFU Language Training Center. There you will receive a list of course costs subsidized by Waff. This cost estimate should be sent directly to Waff.
  • 3. If the Waff accepts your documents, please register on the IFU Language Training website.
  • 4. Pay for the portion of the course that you pay for yourself before the course begins. Waff will pay the rest for you.
  • 5. Upon completion of the course, IFU Language Training will send a request for payment of the sponsorship portion to Waff and confirm that the person has actually completed the training. Waff will then transfer the balance to the IFU Language Training account.

In addition, students have the option to pay for the course in full before it begins by depositing the entire amount into the account. In this case, Waff will refund an amount equal to the compensation agreed upon by them. In the case of a course-related exam, Waff can also pay for the exam. The certificate will be issued directly by the examination board.

The sponsorship or support from the Waff may vary depending on the condition. Thus, this compensation covers 50 percent of the cost of the chosen course of study, but may not exceed 300 euros. The main purpose of such support is co-financing and not full payment of tuition fees. This condition applies to people who qualify, are on educational leave, self-employed and unemployed.

A grant of up to 2,000 euros is required to finance the continuing education of the company's employees. The grant up to 3,000 euros covers the costs of new self-employed and employees on educational leave. It should be noted in advance that the specific amount depends on the person and their situation. Therefore, to find out exactly what kind of grant or compensation you can expect, it is better to ask a Waff advisor.

No, the Waff grant only applies to students who live permanently in Vienna. At the time of application, you must already live in this city.

No, only employees or new self-employed people who do not have a trade license can receive funding or a grant.

If a student comes to IFU Sprachschulung GmbH with 'Chancen-Check', he/she must pay his/her share of the course before the course begins. In order for the school to send you a confirmation of study, you only have to complete the course. This is already a confirmation that you are eligible for Waff funding. If you paid for the course yourself, you have to pay for the exam, you can send an application to Waff at the end of the course.

The confirmation will be emailed to you only after you pay the course fees before the course starts. Then you send this document to the Waff - without it there will be no confirmation about the possibility of financial compensation. If you have fulfilled all conditions and the letter does not arrive, we recommend you to check your spam folder.


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