The Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration) is the largest school of economics and business administration in Europe. Just recently, it was ranked 18th in Europe for International Business Administration by the Financial Times. The WU is committed to traditional economics study as well as to the diversity of modern business concerns.
Keeping pace with the needs of a changing world, the university has in the last 30 years added a variety of programs related to business administration and economics, but of interest to students in various fields. While offering specialization in 20 different areas of business administration, the WU continues to provide essential training in sociology, science, and the humanities.
Students will be attending regular university classes with students from the host country. In addition, students have the option to choose courses taught in English.
WU is located in Vienna, one of the most beautiful and safest cities in Europe. The city is rich in tradition and influenced by a variety of cultures, which is reflected in the art, music, food, and other attractions Vienna has to offer.
Students on this program enroll directly into Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Wien. The WU offers a number of classes taught in English. The areas of study and research at the university fall into several broad categories: business administration, economics, law, humanities, and formal sciences. The range of study is both wide and deep. For breadth of study, all the areas of sociology, the humanities, and the formal sciences that are connected with economic subjects are included in the curriculum. For depth of study, within business administration alone there are 20 areas of specialization. Subjects fields within economics and business include: Economic Policy and Trade Management, European and Eastern European Studies, Finance, Investment, and Accounting, Human Resources and Organizational Behavior, Information Systems, Marketing and Management, Regional and Business Environmental Policy, and Soft Skills.
WU offers German language instruction during a 2-week pre-session course, as well as courses during the semester. The courses are not eligible for transfer credit, and fees are paid directly to WU. There is also a recommended two-week orientation and cultural program preceding the semester to introduce exchange students to Vienna and Viennese and Austrian culture. The cost of the program is 260 euros, paid directly to WU. Students may register for all of these options directly with WU after nomination to the exchange program.
Academic facilities available to students include the library and the computing center. The library, which houses information in the fields of business, economics, law, and humanities as well as the natural sciences, houses over half a million books. The campus also includes multiple cafes and a supermarket.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit. Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
Housing is available in "Studentenwohnheimen" (dormitories) or private apartments, which may be somewhat more expensive. The housing office at WU can assist you in finding housing for your stay. See the exchange students website for more information on student life in Vienna.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
WU Incoming Exchange Student Webinars
Interested in learning more about the exchange program at WU? The exchange students office offers webinars for prospective exchange students. Click for more information and upcoming sessions.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.