Gap Year

Your Gap Year in Kitzbühel / in the Austrian Alps means:

  • Course of optional length learning German (mostly in the autumn)
  • Preparing afterwards in November/December on the nearby glacier of Kaprun at the Ski Instructor Academy Austria for the instructors' exams
  • Become an Austrian qualified ski or snowboard instructor
  • Work a full season in Kitzbühel or elsewhere as a ski or snowboard instructorafter the exam
  • You obtain 2 valuable skills and have a hilarious time in the Alps
  • Complete beginner at German? No problem!  Take a course of at least 2 months
  • Course dates for people speaking a bit of German already: in autumn in Kitzbühel (dates on free choice)

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This course is for good skiers and snowboarders (but we had already beginners, too!) who want to acquire the most prestigious instructors' qualification. People come from all over the world to get the Austrian certificate, known for its rigour and high standards. At the Deutsch-Institut we prepare you thoroughly for the exam. You'll get expert tuition in High German five days a week for the number of weeks you wish or you need to do the exam and to get along in German. You'll then move to Kaprun and train for the exams full time on the glacier. If you're looking for intensive, this is for you! 

The exams are in German. You get targeted German tuition with a thorough preparation for the written part. We got complete beginners at German passing the exam, already.

After you've passed the course, you can stay in Kitzbühel (or somewhere else) - our ski school welcomes instructors speaking German - and work as a ski/snowboard instructor. If you have a European passport, you're also guaranteed a job by Ski Instructor Academy Austria. Enjoy the next months in the resort getting paid to do what you love, on the snow, in the sun, meeting people from all over the world, sharing your enthusiasm for skiing or snowboarding.

Download our brochure for a full outline of the course. And if you've any questions, just email Hans for further information at

Our strengths
  • .Standard German
  • .1 to maximum 6 students per class
  • .Kitzbühel is a world famous ski resort
  • .Open all year
  • .Begin on any Monday
  • .Every age group over 18.  Seniors very welcome