Located in the heart of Europe, Vienna is a vibrant city that was once the capital of the vast Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today it is considered the world's music capital and its classical music traditions remain unmatched. The city is a cultural center packed with beautiful architectural landmarks, museums to suit all interests, and an active nightlife.
The Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU) is over 100 years old, making it one of the oldest schools of business and economics in Europe. It is consistently ranked among the top business and economic institutions in Europe. The WU?s close cooperation with the business world affords it an especially practical relevance.
The WU offers over 70 special courses in English each semester, in the fields of business, economics, and the social sciences. Students may choose from a wide range of practically oriented seminars on international business, economics, and other areas. In addition to the courses offered as part of this "English Program", students with the appropriate prior knowledge can also select from a range of over 200 courses forming part of the WU's International Program. Additional courses in German are available.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved at WU. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.
The academic calendar at WU runs from early October to late June. A two-week Orientation and Cultural Program (OK Program) provides students with a detailed introduction to the WU and Vienna. Weekend cultural and business-related excursions, a cultural stroll through Vienna and various company visits are also included. For students interested in learning German, a separate intensive German language course is offered in parallel to the OK Program. A "Buddy Network," run by the International Section of the Austrian Student Union pairs exchange students with an Austrian student to act as his/her personal mentor.
Students may choose to live in a residence hall or in a shared apartment in the city. The International Studies Center offers spaces in five different residences. Most international students live in one of the three international residence halls. If spaces for these residences are filled, the International Studies Center will seek to make alternative accommodation arrangements.
For more information about accommodations, please visit WU's housing website for exchange students.
WU also offers an international summer university. There are typically two summer sessions, one in July and one in August. These sessions are outside of the regular exchange program, so tuition and fees would be paid directly to WU, but at a reduced rate. More information can be found on WU's Summer University website. Please see the NC State Study Abroad Office for more details about the application process.
Students studying abroad at WU for a semester will typically need a residence visa D. US citizens can apply for the visa at the Austrian embassy in Washington D.C. prior to departure OR at the Austrian embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia upon arrival. More information will be provided by WU once students are accepted.
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is generally available to help qualified NC State students to meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship
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The fall and spring terms at WU are not exactly aligned with the NC State academic calendar. Students should consult the WU academic calendar for exact dates.
Fall Term (Winter at WU)
Approximate start date | early September
Approximate end date | mid-December
Please note: the fall term at WU runs until early February; however, exams typically finish by mid-December so NC State students can return before the start of the spring semester.
Spring Term (Summer at WU)
Approximate start date | early February
Approximate end date | late June/early July
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.
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