Originally established in 1888 as the Imperial Export Academy, the institution evolved into the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). It is the first Austrian university to achieve EQUIS accreditation, and has been ranked as one of the best business schools in Europe. In 2013 a state-of-the-art campus with new classrooms, libraries, dining and recreation facilities opened near the city center within easy access to public transportation. WU is an international university with approximately one quarter of its almost 28,000 students coming from other countries, and is one of the largest universities in Austria.
WU’s curriculum includes a large selection of English-taught courses, as well as classes taught in German. Boston College students are fully integrated into the university along with their Austrian counterparts.
Each new international student is assigned a buddy
who mentors them through the first few weeks and visiting students are assigned faculty member advisors who help with course selection and academic matters.
Students are required to take a Business German language course at the appropriate level of instruction from beginner to advanced.
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The university conducts a month-long pre-semester orientation during which there is a welcome brunch, a German language class to teach basic language skills, and various activities, and includes both supplementary and mandatory information sessions. BC pays the fees for the program but students pay for housing independently.
Students must take a total of 30 ECTS credits including a Business German language course. Courses are taught in German and English. Please consult this website for both English- and German-taught classes. Course registration takes place prior to the start of the semester. A member of the WU faculty will serve as the academic advisor for BC students, and will provide help in selecting courses as well as advising on academic matters. More information about courses can be found here
- Fall Term: Starts in early September and ends in late December.
- Spring Term: Starts in early February and ends in late June.
Specific dates may be found here
. The fall semester dates may conflict with the BC schedule, and extend into the spring; students will be accommodated, and will be allowed to take their exams before the winter holiday break.
Although students pay BC tuition, they pay for their own housing. Payment will be made directly to the provider. Some places are reserved in dorms for visiting students, and apartments are also an option. European students rarely live on or even near campus, so students should expect to take public transportation to the university. This website
has information about selecting and arranging accommodations in Vienna.
Programs at WU are detailed here