Vienna University of Economics and Business is a public university committed to excellence in research and research-led teaching. It is a place where faculty and students work together, and its objective is to promote education and the autonomy of the individual through academic study, as part of a modern and open knowledge society.We make contributions to future-oriented thinking, responsibility in business and economics, and the development of solutions to economic, social, and ecological problems. Academic freedom is one of our key principles, and we strive for a wide variety of topics and approaches in research and teaching. Our activities are guided by academic integrity, fairness, equal opportunity, diversity, and open-mindedness.
There is much more to studying at WU than just classwork and studying. As a student, you spend a substantial part of your time on campus, both inside and outside the classroom. Thanks to its innovative architecture and its location next to Prater Park, Campus WU combines both nature and urban flair, providing an attractive space for both your academic work and leisure. All work and no play? Not on Campus, WU.
Yet, I have concerns about the bachelor’s experience. This is a new program and the only English-taught bachelor’s program at the school. My first concern is around the timeline and requirements for admissions. Students can apply from March 1st to May 15th and are informed whether or not they are invited to sit for the entrance exam in June. Students are required to go to Vienna for the exam on July 9th, and then they find out if they are admitted a few weeks later. Not only does this require extra spending to attend the exam, but not knowing if you are admitted until the end of July makes things very difficult from a planning perspective. It’s quite competitive as well. Last year, 765 students say for the exam and there were 120 spots in the program. They are increasing the number of spots in the program to 240 this year, but anticipate a larger number of applicants. I met with the Program Coordinator for the English-taught bachelor’s. When I asked about an international student office, she said “I guess that would be me” but she seemed unaware of other resources for international students on campus and was not even sure whether there was an ESN chapter that worked with the school. The answer to most of my questions about internships, jobs, getting socially involved, etc, was “It’s really up to the student”. There is a two-day program orientation for new students, but no orientation program for international students met with another administrator about the English-taught master’s programs, which account for more than half of all their master’s degree programs. These have been offered for quite some time and thus have worked the kinks out. The admissions process begins in October, and students find out about an offer with plenty of time for planning. Further, the needs of international master’s students are often different than their younger counterparts, and many of these needs are addressed at the faculty (department) level. I would not hesitate to recommend this school for master’s degree programs, but cannot say the same at this point in time for the bachelor’s.