WU Vienna Summer University
- Study business in English in the heart of Europe for a summer.
- Earn up to 6 KU credits in as little as three weeks.
- KU Business students can apply for School of Business scholarships.
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 the program 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.
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 that includes many famous composers, as well as the "City of Dreams" because it was 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.
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. The undergraduate program consists of two consecutive courses lasting seven days each while the graduate program involves three consecutive courses during the three-week session. 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.
Upon successful completion of the program, WU grants 8 ECTS credits for the undergraduate program and 9 ECTS credits for the graduate program. Students will earn 4-6 KU business credits.
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 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.
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 Office of Study Abroad website.
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