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Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU)

The Vienna University of Economics and Business


Vienna, Austria


The WU is one of Europe's biggest, most modern Universities of Economic Sciences. Our high quality standards in research and education are approved by international quality seals. With just under 23.000 students originating from 110 countries the WU is the biggest place for education in economic and social sciences which makes it a global force of attraction. The WU Campus is a unique, modern construction with about 100.000m2 of usable area, providing an ideal environment for students, teachers and research purposes. Due to the accreditation via EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA the WU is a proud bearer of the rare and sought-after "triple accreditation". Therefore the WU belongs to an exclusive circle: Only 72 Universities of Economic Sciences and Business Schools worldwide - which is less than 1% - are entitled to bear all three seals of quality.

Academic Areas of Expertise/Focus:

Business skills, economics, English business communication, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance and accounting, gender and diversity management, German business communication, history/culture/philosophy, HRM, information systems, international business, management, marketing, operations and supply chain management, public management, research technics, socioeconomics, strategic management


BCom or MBA

Available Spots:

10 semester spots/academic year

Special Admission Requirements:

Due to policies in place at WU, the exchange program to this destination is not open to students originally from or with Austrian citizenship.

Approximate Term Dates:

Semester 1: Early October - late January (with the possibility of completing the semester before Christmas)
Semester 2: Early March - late June

Summer Program Option:

ISU WU (WU's International Summer University)


Full-time Course Load: Total of 36 ECTS credits plus a German business course (most students take the equivalent of 15 UofA credits/term)

Language(s) of Instruction: English / German
Assuming sufficient language skills, exchange student are able to take a mix of English & German taught courses

Course Restrictions: WU is a specialized business and economics university. No courses are offered in other areas.


General Information for Exchange Students

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Special Funding:

Joseph and Melitta Kandler Scholarships for International Student Exchange with Austria valued at $2500 (1 term) or $4000 (full year)

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Destination Overview (averages based on 21 reviews by past participants):

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"I had an amazing time on my exchange in Vienna and studying at WU. I would highly recommend this exchange to any student who is considering where to spend their semester abroad! it was an unforgettable experience."

"I didn't improve my German skills very much at all which I found a bit frustrating, since it was one of my primary objectives."