WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
- Study international business in the heart of Europe
- Take classes in English
- No German language proficiency required
- Orientation and cultural program before semester begins
Located in the largest city and capital of Austria, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) is amid the hustle and bustle of its urban environment. The university, focusing on business and economics, is the largest in Europe in terms of student body. It has been ranked as one of the best business schools in all of Europe. Its new campus, newly opened in September of 2013, is the largest campus for business sciences in Europe. Each year it enrolls nearly 27,000 students, about one quarter of whom are international students from over 230 partner universities worldwide.
This study abroad exchange is specifically designed for KU School of Business students. It strives to accommodate those who do not have prior German language skills, but still wish to study business in an international setting. To this end, WU offers a broad array of classes taught in English.
One of the best aspects of the Vienna University of Economics and Business is the university’s location in Vienna. With a population of just over 2 million, Vienna is the not only the capital but also the primary city of Austria boasting culture, history, artwork, food, architecture and the title, “City of Music” as well as the “City of Dreams” because it was the home of the world famous pyscho-analyst Sigmund Freud. The city is packed with imperial history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire but at the same time is teeming with exciting contemporary museums, and lively nightlife scenes particularly known for Viennese coffee houses. The Historic Center, Schonbrunn Palace, the State Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Imperial Palace and Vienna Zoo are all popular attractions. Vienna is also home to the headquarters of the Organization Petroleum Exporting Companies (OPEC). Austria’s standing in the international world lends WU close ties to the surrounding corporate world and beyond.
Vienna is one of the safest and most beautiful cities in Europe. As home to various international organizations, in addition to OPEC, including the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), UN Atomic Energy Agency and UNIDO, Vienna is consistently rated as one of the world's most livable cities. The quality of life in this beautiful city is strong because of the many parks and green spaces that accommodate runners, bikers, hikers, and skaters.
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.
Students can select courses from the regular course catalogue, which offers more than 150 courses in English. Students with some German language skills may attend Business German language courses at several levels or choose from a wide range of courses taught in German. Classes are available in various business-related fields, including Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, International Business and Marketing.
The International Office helps to orient exchange students to their new city. During the three weeks before the official start of the semester, the university holds an orientation and introduces exchange students to Austrian students and university staff. The orientation program includes company visits, day trips in Vienna, and a semester opening party. Students can also get involved in campus life by joining organizations such as the Students' Union, Athletic Club, or Vienna University choir, to name a few.
Students will find more information on English-taught courses, detailed course outlines, course material and instructions for course registration under Courses in English. Students can find more information on all courses available and the registration/enrollment process under Courses for Incoming (exchange) Students.
Students must take 30-36 ECTS credits at WU. 1 ECTS credit = .5 KU credit (rounded), so 30 ECTS credits usually constitutes a full course load at KU when converted. **Note: credit conversion is on a course-by-course basis - NOT the sum of credits earned.
WU helps exchange students secure housing in Vienna. There are no dormitories (university residence halls) specific to WU, however, students are housed in student dormitories administered by the Austrian Exchange Service that serves all students in Vienna, not just those form WU, and WU requests their students be grouped in rooms. 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 in order to be grouped with other WU students. Very few single rooms are available and must be booked in advance by paying the deposit. Double rooms are also available and include two beds, desks, cupboards, etc.
Students also have the option of securing private accommodations on their own. WU has a list of suggested housing databases for students who choose this option under Housing for Incoming Exchange Students.
The Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU, or Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration) was founded in 1898 as the "Imperial Export Academy", with a curriculum designed to prepare students for employment in international trade. In 1975 the name changed to what it is today, and the university experienced significant growth between 1981 and 1993. Its close ties to the corporate world and the resulting excellent job prospects, along with the wide range of programs available, makes this exchange a fantastic opportunity for KU School of Business students.
With so many students attending WU, there are always activities students can get involved with. Students travel together through school organized trips, they join sport teams together and study and work together in the WU cafeterias and local cafes. KU students will not only have the opportunity to interact with the many exchange students at WU each semester, but also the local students.
WU has long focused on international relations and services for the incoming international students. The International Office (IO) is a centralized university office service to assist both incoming and outgoing students and faculty members with all of their international needs. WU also offers to exchange students several programs and services in order for them to have a smooth start at WU and to culturally and socially immerse with the life in Vienna and in Austria. WU's immersion programs for exchange students include the orientation and cultural program, intensive German courses (voluntary), tandem language learning programs, and options to engage and get to know the WU degree seeking students.
Key WU program advantages:
Three-week Orientation and Cultural Program
Individual and personalized academic counseling throughout the semester
WU Buddy Network
More information can be found on the WU Incoming Bachelor & Master Exchange Students webpage.
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.