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WU Vienna Summer University

WU Vienna Summer University
Study at one of Europe's best business schools in the beautiful and historic city of Vienna.
Vienna, Austria
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Summer Non-Faculty Led
  • Study business in English during the summer.
  • Live in beautiful Vienna, a city known for its superior quality of life.
  • Earn up to 6 KU credits.
  • Undergraduate and graduate academic tracks available.
  • School of Business scholarships available for KU Business students.
  • New for Summer 2021: On-site or virtual program option.
Program Summary: 

The International Summer University at WU (ISUWU) is an intensive short-term program that provides students an excellent opportunity for international business education. Conducted by the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business or WU), students select courses of interest to them and can earn up to 6 KU credits during a three week session.  The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students and is conducted entirely in English.  Nearly 200 students from around the world participate each year and the program offers social and cultural activities designed to provide an unforgettable experience in the incredible city of Vienna.

New Virtual Program Option for Summer 2021: For students who would like to participate in an online program, WU is offering Entrepreneurship and International Business tracks as part of its new virtual summer program. Contact Jenna in Study Abroad for more information.


One of the best aspects of WU is the university’s location in Vienna.  Vienna is a bustling capital city of just over 2 million people well-known for its high quality of life, great beauty, and cultural richness.  Known as both the "City of Music" due to its musical heritage and the "City of Dreams" as home of the world famous psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud, Vienna teems with fascinating culture, history, music, artwork, food, and architecture.  Vienna is also home to several important international organizations such as the Organization Petroleum Exporting Companies (OPEC) and UN offices.  Austria’s standing in the world lends WU close ties to the surrounding corporate world and beyond.

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (or WU) is one of KU's business exchange partners and has been ranked one of the best business schools in Europe. The university specializes in business and economics and has the largest student body in Europe, enrolling nearly 27,000 students each year. About one quarter of the student body is comprised of international students from more than 230 partner universities worldwide.

WU is located in the heart of the city, and students can easily navigate the city by bus, tram or underground (subway) system, and travel throughout Europe via the European Rail Network (EuroRail). The Wein Westbahnhof (Vienna West Rail Station) is easily accessible with trains connecting to Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and more. The City Airport Train (CAT) connects the city to Vienna International Airport.  A Vienna public transportation ticket is included in the cost of the program. 

Academic Information: 

Students may choose from two different three-week sessions that take place in July or August.  Each session includes intensive coursework in selected business courses plus social and cultural activities. Course selections vary from year to year and will vary slightly between the July and August sessions, but typically include topics such as International Business, International Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management.  Learn more about course offerings for upcoming sessions here.

Courses are taught by a team of experienced WU lecturers and international guest lecturers with the main objective of deepening specific knowledge in business. Courses are designed to be highly interactive with an emphasis on group discussion and teamwork. Visiting local companies and solving practical case studies in intercultural groups complements the strong theoretical basis.

Courses and credit vary by session, but KU students typically earn 4-6 KU business credits.

Summer 2021 On-Site Undergraduate Course Options + KU Credit

  • International Business Strategy = BUS 400, 3 credit hours
  • Responsible International Management in the Digital Age = IBUS 480, 2 credit hours. (Students may complete a 1 credit independent study with Dr. Melissa Birch or another KU business faculty member for a total of 3 credit hours.)
  • Negotiation Management = MGMT 400, 3 credit hours
  • Digital Marketing and Social Media = MKTG 443, 3 credit hours

For course equivalencies offered during the August session, virtual option, or in the graudate program track, contact Jenna in KU Study Abroad.


Students are housed in student residence halls within walking distance or a short bus or tram ride of the WU campus.  The accommodations are single bedrooms with a shared kitchen, dining area, and bathroom.  Free WiFi at the residence halls (and on campus) is included. 

Breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday are included and provided by the program.  Students will do dinners and meals on weekends on their own and a cost estimate for these additional meals is included in the cost of the program.   


Open to KU graduate students and undergraduate students with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. There is no language requirement; the language of instruction is English. 

Undergraduate students must have sophomore standing by the beginning of the program.  Graduate students must be currently enrolled in an MBA or Economics graduate program (preferred focus on Business Administration/Economics), or have a Bachelor degree in a business major.

Further Reading: 

Scholarships may be available for study abroad programs.  Consult the Center for Global Business Studies website for more information on study abroad scholarships for business students. For general study abroad scholarship information, consult the Study Abroad & Global Engagement website.

Learn more about the International Summer University at WU:

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