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Many places, including some of Austria’s universities, offer German courses, and they can usually offer the option of accommodation for the duration. Two of the better known course providers in Vienna are:

Berlitz (512 82 86; www.berlitz.at, in German; various locations; 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 8am-12.30pm Sat) Offers private, intensive day and evening courses and has four offices in Vienna.

Inlingua Sprachschule (512 22 25; www.inlingua.at; Neuer Markt 1, Vienna; 9am-6pm Mon-Fri) Courses run for a minimum of two weeks and can either be taken in the morning or some evenings. Classes are limited to six students and individual tuition is also available.

In Innsbruck, try the following:

Inlingua Innsbruck (562 031; www.inlingua-tirol.at; Südtirolerplatz 6) Year-round courses, usually in small groups.

Innsbruck University (587 233; www.uibk.ac.at/ihd; Innrain 52) Intensive courses in July and August.

Check the Gelbe Seiten (yellow pages) under Sprachschulen for more listings in other towns and cities.

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