Austria boasts an abundance of natural beauty and cultural offerings, allowing students to take advantage of all areas of the country with relative ease. The eastern Alps dominate much of the landscape, making for excellent skiing in the winter and prime hiking in the warmer months. Although landlocked, Austria's thousands of alpine lakes provide plenty of opportunity to relax. Culturally, Austria is known for its baroque abbeys, commanding cathedrals, and a musical history that includes the likes of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert.
At the center of it all is Vienna, rich in history and steeped in romance. Complementing its historic charms is a wide and varied contemporary music and arts scene, waltz venues, coffee houses, and expansive parklands along the beautiful blue Danube River.
WU-Wien is one of the oldest and strongest business schools in Europe. The institution focused on international business long before it became a buzzword. The university is home to 22,000 undergraduates and is located just minutes from the center of Vienna. WU offers courses in English and German, and is conveniently located between two subway stations.
Students attending WU-Wien enroll in a total of five courses, each worth three credits. All students are required to take Business German as one of their five courses, and a placement test is administered upon arrival to determine the appropriate language level. Students may select the remaining four courses from the broad range of business offerings taught in English, as well as some limited arts-science offerings.
Some courses are taught in a traditional lecture style format, with classes meeting once per week for three hours for the duration of the semester. These courses are typically assessed through a final examination worth 100% of the final grade. Other courses are taught in a more intensive seminar style, meeting for extended hours over a number of days in a row. Seminars are generally more participatory, including class discussion, presentations and group work. Students typically enroll in a combination of lectures and seminars.
Students attending WU will live in student residence halls filled predominantly with international students as well as some Austrian students. Students typically live in double rooms and share a bathroom, as well as a common kitchen area with other rooms on the same floor. The shared kitchen provides a fantastic opportunity for socializing over home-cooked meals with students from all over the world. Meals can be purchased at the university, but students are not on a meal plan and generally cook for themselves.
Special Program Features
Intensive German course and Orientation: Once students arrive at WU, they take part in an orientation program. The orientation program includes city and campus tours, excursions, language preparation, and social activities. This is your opportunity to learn about the Austrian culture, meet local students through the Buddy Network, and to meet other students from around the world. This program also includes a two-week, non-credit intensive German course to get you started understanding and learning the German language.
Buddy Network: The buddy network at WU organizes several low-cost excursions throughout each semester. They have taken trips in the past to places such at Munich, Prague, Budapest, and on ski trips to the surrounding area.