Language Diploma

German Language Diploma (ÖSD)

German Language Diploma

Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch (ÖSD) 4


Do you want to test your German skills? And set this down for posterity in your curriculum vitae or résumé? Or perhaps include an internationally recognised language diploma in your application? Then the German Language Diploma (Österreichisches Sprachdiplom – ÖSD) is just the right thing for you! Since 2005, more than 300 students and external candidates have used the opportunity to take an internationally recognised German language exam at FH JOANNEUM.

The ÖSD is a state-approved examination and assessment system for German as a Foreign or Second Language. ÖSD exams meet international requirements and are internationally recognised as proof of German proficiency. As a successful and trend-setting language project, the ÖSD has been awarded the “European Label for Innovative Projects in Language Teaching and Learning”.

All ÖSD exams are communicatively oriented. First and foremost, they assess the candidates' linguistic and communicative competence of German in everyday, real-life situations. ÖSD exams are not linked with any specific language courses and are conducted and assessed along the same lines all over the world. The ÖSD supports a pluricentric view of languages: all standard varieties of German as spoken in Austria, Germany and Switzerland are taken into account.

FH JOANNEUM offers following exams:

  • ÖSD Zertifikat A1 (ZA1)
  • ÖSD Zertifikat A2 (ZA2)
  • ÖSD Zertifikat Deutsch Österreich B1 (ZDÖ B1)
  • ÖSD Zertifikat B2 (ZB2)
  • ÖSD Zertifikat C1 (ZC1)
  • ÖSD Zertifikat C2 / Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch (ZC2)

ÖSD preparation workshops (on two afternoons à 90 minutes) take place at FH JOANNEUM. More info in the course programme. The learning materials published by the ÖSD central office include exercise sentences and a CD and provide an ideal preparation for the ÖSD (Austrian German Diploma) examination. At FH JOANNEUM, preparation for the ÖSD exam is included in the examination fee.

Examination dates at FH JOANNEUM 2023

  • summer term: 31 May 2023°, registration by 3 May 2023!
  • winter term: 29 November 2023°, registrations by 1 November 2023!

Examination fees at FH JOANNEUM:

Prices for internal / external candidats for the exam date on 31 May and 29 November 2023:

  • ÖSD Zertifikat A1 (ZA1): € 102,- / 112,-
  • ÖSD Zertifikat A2 (ZA2): € 115,- / 125,-
  • ÖSD Zertifikat Deutsch Österreich B1 (ZDÖ B1): € 125,- / 135,-
  • ÖSD Zertifikat B2 (ZB2): € 139,- / 149,-
  • ÖSD Zertifikat C1 (ZC1): € 149,- / 159,-
  • ÖSD Zertifikat C2 / Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch (ZC2): € 190,- / 200,-
  • Workshop (two preparation workshops à 90 minutes) and preparation material: € 20,-

° The written exam takes place in the morning of 31 May 2023 / 29 November 2023 for all levels and candidates. Depending on the number of candidates, the oral exam can also take place on 31 May and 1 June 2023 / 29 and 30 November 2023. Candidates will be informed as soon as possible about their exam time slot after the registration deadline.

Registration and payment

You can register and pay online at:


More information about the tests and levels can be found directly on the Homepage of the ÖSD!


Have you lost your original ÖSD certificate? Within a period of five years, you can get a duplicate of your examination certificate. Duplicates must be applied at the examination centre where the examination was taken, upon presentation of the original certificate or a notice of loss. The creation of a duplicate is generally subject to a fee (processing and shipping costs).