WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
- Study on the modern campus of Europe’s largest business school.
- Experience life in the cultural mecca of Vienna, one of Europe’s most livable and safe cities.
- Choose from a wide variety of business classes in English.
The Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) offers a wide variety of business and economics classes in English on its modern campus in the heart of Vienna. This prestigious institution is Europe’s largest business school and consistently ranks as one of the best business schools in Europe. This program is ideal for the KU student who wishes to live in a European capital city and take business courses in English.
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Established in 1888 as the Imperial Export Academy, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU, or Vienna University of Economics and Business) has an established tradition of innovation and excellence in business and economics-related research and teaching. The institution began with the aim of preparing students for employment in international trade and commerce and today maintains strong ties to the corporate world. With 22,000 students it is Europe’s largest business school and one of only a handful of business universities in the world with triple accreditation. It is an international university with more 200 partner universities worldwide. The WU campus is located in the heart of Vienna and is notable for its unique, modern buildings.
One of the best aspects of WU is the university’s location in Vienna. Vienna is the capital city of Austria and regarded as one of the safest and most beautiful cities in Europe. This historic city of approximately 2 million is a cultural, economic, and political hub with excellent infrastructure, ample green space, and a vibrant social scene. The city is known for its high quality of life and is easy to navigate by bus, tram, or subway system. Its central location in Europe makes it an important hub for international organizations such as OPEC and the UN and multinational companies including CocaCola. Whether enjoying an afternoon in a traditional Viennese café, visiting a grand imperial palace, or studying on the banks of the Danube River, there will never be a shortage of interesting things to discover in this remarkable city.
More than 200 courses in English are available in business-related fields including Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. View available courses in the WU course catalog. Some courses at WU have been pre-approved for KU credit. View the course equivalency database to identify pre-approved courses. Contact the KU program coordinator if you have questions about obtaining approval for a course that does not yet appear in the course database.
Students take regular university courses with local and international students. Many courses are taught in block format, which offers additional scheduling flexibility but requires attention to detail when registering for courses. Students studying at WU during the Fall semester should only register for classes that end in December, unless staying later is preferred. A typical semester will consist of taking 30-36 ECTS credits at WU.
Students with German language skills may choose from even more course options taught in German. Any student wishing to study German while living in Austria may opt to participate in the pre-semester German language course. German business communication classes are offered during the semester.
The WU International Office provides a pre-semester orientation specially designed for its exchange students. The orientation program includes helpful sessions designed to acquaint students with the university and city, plus a cultural program with sightseeing opportunities and field trips.
Students are housed in residence halls administered by the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD) that serves all students in Vienna. The residence halls are located in different locations around the city, but are within walking distance or a short bus or tram ride of the WU campus.
WU reserves a block of rooms specifically for its exchange students. This housing option is available on a first-come first-serve basis, so students must request their housing as early as possible after acceptance to the program. Several rooming options are available. The most common arrangement is a single bedroom with a shared kitchen, dining area, and bathroom, but other arrangements are available. Rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, and wardrobe and each residence hall offers basic amenities such as WiFi and laundry.
Students also have the option of securing private accommodations on their own. See more about alternative housing options on the WU accommodations webpage.
All students will have access to kitchen facilities in their apartment or suite. There are also several dining options on campus including budget-friendly meals at the cafeteria (“mensa”), plus restaurants, cafes, and a supermarket.
WU offers ample opportunities to get involved and meet other students. Students travel together through organized trips, they join sport teams together and study and work together in the WU cafeterias and local cafés.
The International Office (IO) organizes services to assist incoming exchange students with all aspects of their stay, including social and cultural programming meant to orient students and facilitate interaction with local students as well as other international students. Learn more:
- Orientation and Cultural Program – Three week program of activities and field trips prior to the start of classes. STRONGLY recommended for all KU students.
- Buddy Network – A student uniquely assigned to be your first point of contact during your semester abroad.
- German Language Class – Study a little German before regular classes start.
Students also have access to campus organizations and amenities such as the WU University library which is one of the largest economic and business libraries in German-speaking Europe, the WU Student Union, and numerous sports activities.
The university is located next to Prater Park, named one of the ten best city parks in the world. It is ideal for walking, jogging, cycling, skating, and much more. Students will never run out of interesting things to do in Vienna!
Open to KU students with sophomore standing by the beginning of the program who have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
There is no language requirement; the language of instruction is English. Students with sufficient German language skills (typically around five semesters of college-level German) may enroll in courses taught in German.