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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 02/20/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/20/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Exchange
Language(s) of Instruction: English & Foreign Language, English Only Prior Language Study: 0
Language Course Offered: Yes Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.50
Eligible Populations: Junior, Second Semester Sophomore, Senior Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, Independent Living, Residence Hall
Academic Highlights: Liberal Arts/Business Internship Available: No
Program Scholarship: No Service Learning Available: No
Program Advisor: Kaela Conroy
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

  • Directly enroll in courses alongside local and Austrian students.  Courses are taught in English or German. 
  • Enroll in Business Administration, Law, Economics, Marketing, Strategic Management and Innovation, Social Sciences, and Business German courses at WU taught in English.
  • In addition to the Orientation and Cultural Program, the International Office also offers intensive German language courses for exchange students (on different levels) as a preparation for their studies at the WU. The intensive German courses run for three weeks each in February and September before the official WU spring and fall term starts off. The German courses and the OK Program run during the same time and are scheduled in way that students can take participate in both.  WU also offers Business German courses that run during the semester so that students can continue their language learning after completion of the intensive courses.
Academic Calendar
  • Fall: October - March (Students can organize their class schedule to complete their courses before December, if needed)
  • Spring: February - July
  • Orientation:  Orientation is organized by the International office at WU. The two-week program is designed to help students get accustomed to life in Austria, with special emphasis on getting to know the city of Vienna and the WU itself. The program includes a tour of the WU and its various institutions (e.g. library, computer labs, etc.), sightseeing tours in Vienna, many cultural and business-related excursions, as well as a presentation on the Austrian political system. The program also includes two day trips with excursions to towns and cultural highlights outside Vienna. The program runs for two weeks and takes place in February and September before the official WU spring and fall terms start off.
Additional Eligibility Requirements
  • Completion of core business courses.

Academics at WU

Studying at WU

With about 26,800 students from Austria and abroad, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) is the EU’s largest educational institution for business and economics, business law, and social sciences.  Wu hosts around 450 exchange students from 50 countries and more than 200 partner institutions each semester.  WU offers about 130 Courses in English (CoinE) each semester.  Unlike the regular academic calendar at WU, courses in English for exchange students (incomings) in the Winter Semester usually end before the Christmas break. Courses in the Summer Semester follow the regular semester dates.  These courses are designed for regular WU students and exchange students from WU partner universities who have been nominated by their home universities to study at the WU. Some of the courses can be attended by exchange students only.

What You’ll Learn
WU offers Business Courses taught in English. The courses are at the undergraduate and graduate level in business, economics, and related areas with a focus on international and European topics.
Students who have excellent knowledge of German can furthermore choose from the wide variety of courses offered in the regular WU curriculum.

Co-Curricular Learning
The Sports Club of the Students? Association organizes and provides information on good opportunities for training and practice, tennis and squash courts, gymnastics courses, etc. It also organizes holiday trips in Austria and abroad (email:, Web:
You can also join the Universitaetssportinstitut Wien (Department of Sports – University of Vienna) which offers sports facilities and sports courses to students at a reduced rate (Web:

Students can take courses taught in English or German. 

Academic Culture
Students design their own schedule.  Courses are taught in Blocks, meaning that you may have a course that runs for a weekend, two weeks, twice a week for a month, or for two consecutive weekends.  This type of scheduling allows for great flexibility, but also requires the student to plan ahead and pay attention to detail. 

Course Load
Full workload for exchange students is 30 ECTS or 15 Babson credits. Exchange students are allowed to take a maximum of 36 ECTS or 18 Babson credits plus a Business German language course. 

There is no fixed exam week at the end of the semester, exams are scheduled all over the semester.


Life at WU

Student Life
The Students' Association (Oesterreichische Hochschuelerschaft – OEH WU) attempts to provide every foreign exchange student with a ‘buddy’, an Austrian student who acts as his/her personal mentor. Their buddy will be there to give them advice and practical support. Provided that students register online with the Buddy Network, the Buddy Network team will do its best to assign a buddy to them and provide them with their contact details. Their buddy can assist them if they arrive outside the opening hours of their student residence, by collecting their room key for them in advance. Their buddy is also there give them a hand during their first days at the WU and will show them around Vienna.

Living Arrangements
Exchange students coming to Vienna have the following two housing options: applying for a student dorm administered by the OEAD (Österreichischer Austauschdienst = Austrian Exchange Service) or private accommodation.  WU does not organize housing for students.

Living in Vienna

The city is home to various international organizations like the UN Atomic Energy Agency, UNIDO and OPEC, and is consistently rated as one of the world's most livable cities. Vienna is the capital of Austria, and one of Europe's prime cultural centers, with a high concentration of cultural attractions. Students will find that there are thousands of things to discover in and around Vienna.

Vienna unites culture, a beautiful environment and numerous leisure time facilities. Besides its traditional architecture (for example, the fabulous Schönbrunn Palace or the Imperial Palace), it offers a wide range of theaters, opera houses, museums and seasonal cultural offerings like the Vienna Film Festival in front of the City Hall in summer. In spite of all of this, the cost of living in Vienna remains surprisingly reasonable.

Vienna is one of the European cities with the best quality of life, partly because of its many parks. The Danube Island, for example, is perfect for all kinds of athletic and recreational activities, such as biking, swimming and skating, to name just a few. Traditional cafés are Vienna's favorite place to relax, leave stress behind, and meet friends or simply enjoy a good cup of coffee.

Vienna has a moderate continental climate: moderately cold winters (Dec – mid March) and warm summers (June – mid Sept), low precipitation evenly spread over the entire year.

Cost of Attendance