WU is an international university that is very aware of its responsibility to society and the research community and acts conscientiously in all that it does. WU is a leading academic institution and one of Europe’s most attractive universities in business and economics. It was established in 1898.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty.
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program.
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
WU’s modern campus boasts a range of attractive dining options and publicly accessible grounds that encourage students, staff, and area residents to explore Campus WU and enjoy its unique atmosphere. Campus WU provides meeting places and open spaces and has given Vienna’s second district a whole new neighborhood.
The university offers a special program for exchange students taught in English in business and economics. There are about 130 courses per semester that are designed for exchange students. 90% of WU’s courses are taught seminar style, with active participation and attendance comprising integral pieces of the course.
Fall/Winter courses are generally available at the end of June. Spring/Summer courses are generally available in late December/early January. Check out the course catalog here
Vienna Credit Equivalency:
1 ECTS Credit = .5 UM Credits
Winter Semester: late September – January (equivalent of UM fall semester)
**Students must select courses with exams in December before the Christmas break***
Summer semester: late February – June (equivalent of UM spring semester)
All students must attend the WU Welcome and Enrollment Session
, which provides an overview of WU and Vienna.
Students may choose to participate in two optional programs in the weeks prior to the start of the semester, at an additional cost. The International Office offers an Orientation & Cultural Program that gives exchange students a more in-depth look at WU and Vienna, as well as an intensive German language program
(available at all skill levels).
Exchange students have several options to choose from when booking housing for their stay. These options include, but are not limited to the following:
- Residence halls run by OeAD, the main housing provider for students in Austria
- A private flat that can be found for example through the housing platform Housing Anywhere
- Housing obtained through another third-party provider
WU has made pre-reservations in certain OeAD (Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research) residence halls to make sure that housing is guaranteed for incoming exchange students. Students who would like to make use of this offer need to register through the OeAD website by May 15th (winter semester) or November 15th (summer semester) at the latest.
For more information, visit the accommodation website.
Required Health Coverage:
WU requires all incoming exchange students to have health insurance coverage. Please check the information provided on whether or not you need to purchase any additional insurance.
In order to go abroad, you must have a valid passport
that will not expire during your time abroad or within 6 months upon your return
Nationals of non-EU countries and Switzerland need an entry visa or residence permit for entry into and residence in Austria. The type of permit depends on the length and purpose of the stay.
Serious applicants should plan to submit a complete, well thought out, and comprehensive application. In the required essay, please focus on sharing your academic, personal and professional goals
and how admission to WU will help you achieve them.
Students who submit a complete application by the deadline will be granted an interview. Qualified candidates will be nominated to WU, however WU will make the final admission decision. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Participation in the program cannot be guaranteed as there may be a limit on the number of students we can send to WU in a particular semester. Please ensure that you think critically about your second choice option when completing this portion of your online application.
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||Vienna International Airport, located about 18km (11mi) southeast of the city center.
|Things to Do
||Vienna is home to many museums, opera houses, theaters. There are also many parks and gardens.
||Vienna has an oceanic climate. The city has warm summers with average high temperatures from June to September of approximately 21 to 27°C (79 to 81°F). Winters are relatively dry and cold with average temperatures at about freezing point. Spring is variable and autumn cool, with possible snowfalls in November.
- Thomas Klestil, former Austrian President
- Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chariman and CEO Nestlé AG
- Hikmet Ersek, CEO Western Union
- Dietrich Mateschitz, Founder and CEO Red Bull