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 baraoque 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 evoking nostalgic dreams of imperial grandeur, glamorous balls, waltzes, coffee houses, and romance. Complementing its historic charms is a wide and varied contemporary music and arts scene, as well as expansive parklands and the beautiful blue Danube River.
WU-Wien: Vienna University of Economics and Business
WU-Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business) 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 accessible by train, subway, or bus. The university is only a 15-minute subway or tram ride to the city center.
Academics and Courses
Summer students will enroll in a total of four credits. This includes one intensive course (3 credits), held Monday through Friday in the mornings, and taught by WU-Wien faculty. In addition, students take an enrichment course (1 credit), held by renowned guest lecturers from WU-Wien's partner universities and take place on selected afternoons. Enrichment courses can only count as an elective credit; they cannot count toward a major, minor or LSM.
Intensive courses typically require that students complete a pre-course assignment to be handed in at the start of the program. In addition, group projects, class participation and final exams or papers are essential components for the course. Classroom attendance is vitally important for a successful completion of each course.
Typically WU-Wien offers two intensive courses and two elective courses, and students can select which courses they prefer.
Accommodations and Meals
Students attending WU live in a university residence hall filled predominantly with international students as well as some Austrian students. Students 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. Breakfast and lunch are provided at the university cafeteria, but students are responsible for their own dinners.
Special Program Features
Social Program: The buddy network at WU organizes several excursions throughout each three week session to help familiarize with the wonderful cultural and social opportunities that the city of Vienna has to offer. From museum visits to Viennese winery tours to sporting activities, there's always something to do to keep busy during the beautiful Austrian summer.