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Vienna University of Economics and Business E and B EXC
Vienna, Austria (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Semester 2
Partner University Homepage: Click to visit
Program Details:
Postgraduate coursework, Undergraduate
English, German
Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
Anticipated Places:
Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
Agreement Scope:
Business School
Not Applicable
Program Description:


Vienna University of Economics and Business?
: Vienna, Austria
Year Established: 1898
Student population: 24,000
The Vienna University of Economics and Business, or WU, is one of the largest and highest ranking economics and business universities in Europe. With a quarter of its students coming from outside Austria, a brand new campus and located in one of the world’s most liveable cities, the University is well known for its international focus and entrepreneurial, collaborative culture.

WU consistently achieves high rankings for teaching and research on a number of scales, and guarantees the highest academic standards. It offers close ties to the corporate world, and its location in beautiful Vienna ensures an unforgettable experience beyond the classroom.

Unique characteristics 
WU offers a wide selection of internationally-oriented programs, some of them taught in English. It has 11 academic Departments and 16 Research Institutes, with a strategic emphasis on research in finance, business law, and Central and Eastern Europe. WU also hosts the Vienna Graduate School of Finance. Its new campus, which opened in 2013/14, is one of the largest university sites in Europe. It’s easily accessible and located next to the popular recreational area of Prater Park.

With opulent historic palaces, a vibrant cultural scene, cozy coffee houses and plenty of entertainment, Vienna is one of the world’s great cities. Once the seat of the Habsburg monarchy and the home of musicians including Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven, and Brahms, it’s still a city of music and museums. It’s also very safe and can be easily explored by foot.

©Johannes Zinner

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s: Business

Exclusions apply

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Summer Term: February/March – June/July
Winter Term: October – February

Credits (full time load/semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



Exchange students at WU can attend courses worth a maximum of 36 ECTS credits plus a German Business Communication course.

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
1 – Excellent
2 – Good
3 – Satisfactory
4 – Sufficient
5 – Fail
Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be sent to your home university approximately two months after end of the semester.



Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English
 and German
Language Requirement
Although there are many classes available for exchange students in English, students wishing to brush up on their language skills can enrol in German language classes.


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city
Housing options are offered
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.
Students are required to obtain health insurance valid in Austria during their stay as exchange students.

Austria - Vienna - Living 

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by host university.
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar
The International Office offers an optional Orientation and Cultural Program for incoming exchange students. The three-week program is held before the beginning of the semester. The Orientation and Cultural Program offers newly arrived exchange students the opportunity to learn about Austrian culture and business life while getting to know other exchange students.
The program includes a guided tour of WU and its facilities (library, computer rooms, etc.), as well as field trips in and around Vienna. Consult the website for further information about the Orientation and Cultural Program, including participation fees and how to apply.
Support Services 
The Buddy Network assigns a WU student ‘buddy’ to each incoming exchange student. Buddies assist exchange students during their whole stay. You can arrange to have your buddy to meet you upon arrival in Vienna. He/she will also be happy to assist with student residence procedures and administrative requirements, etc. For further enquiries please contact

Information from the host university
Information from the Embassy of Austria in Australia
Exchange Guide


Student Experiences

Dominique Yong
Bachelor of Laws, Semester 1, 2015
Host City Highlights
Vienna is a very liveable city, with many highlights and constant cultural events. There are many beautiful parks around the city, natural scenery a short distance outside of the city, and the arts are very accessible, especially to students. I regularly visited the opera, ballet, art galleries (classical and modern), and music events. There are also markets around the city for both Easter and Christmas, with traditional food, music, dress, and stalls.
Uni Life
There is a rich student culture at the University of Vienna. There is a strong programme with the Erasmus Student Network, allowing exchange students to meet, with many organised events and trips. There are also many events on at the Juridicum (law school), and a strong presence of international students.
The classes at the law school focused mainly on international law, and there were a good selection conducted in English. A Sydney Law School student could expect to take up to 10-12 units to fulfil the requirements of a full-time load. These vary in intensity, teaching method, length, and type of assessment.
Try the food! Wienerschnitzel is a must. There is no miss when choosing a restaurant.
I chose to arrange private accommodation; however there are a range of student accommodation options available through the university and other student organisations. However, note that Australian students are required to obtain confirmation of accommodation before applying for an Austrian visa.
Money Matters
I was not able to work in Austria due to visa conditions. I found the cost of living quite reasonable compared to Sydney, and had a surplus of funds remaining at the conclusion of the semester.
Getting Around
The transport system in Vienna is superb. Buses, trams and metro trains run very regularly, including all night on weekends. Students can obtain a semester ticket (for all modes of transport) for a very reasonable price.
I studied in Vienna for the summer semester, spanning March-June. This was a beautiful time to be there, as I arrived in the snow and experienced the city come to life as it moved into spring. As Austria is very centrally located, there are many readily accessible travel opportunities. During the semester, I visited many other parts of Austria (to ski in the winter and hike in the Summer), Bratislava, Budapest and Prague.
Top Tips
Vienna is the perfect destination for students with a passion for culture and arts. It is a beautiful city, and it was a privilege to call it home for six months.