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Track: Central Europe Connect (CEC)

The joint certificate program gives bachelor’s students the opportunity to study at three different locations as part of the SBWL International Business and strengthen their expertise in Europe’s fastest growing region together with international students from WU partner universities. Company visits, guest speakers and social events will enable students to build up a personal and professional network in the region.

Central Europe Connect stands for…
  • Completing part of the SBWL IB abroad

  • Building a network with international students and companies

  • Learning how to manage successfully in Central Europe

  • Receiving a joint certificate from 3 renowned universities

All Details at a Glace

CoursesSemester 1: Regular basic courses 1 & 2
Semester 2: dedicated CEC courses 3, 4 & 5
of the SBWL International Business
Course FormatDedicated CEC courses are 3 one-week blocked courses
LocationsVienna: WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Bratislava: University of Economics in Bratislava (EUBA)
Warsaw: SGH Warsaw School of Economics
ParticipantsStudents from each of the three universities
ECTS Credits20 (4 per course)
Language of InstructionEnglish
ApplicationDuring the entry exam for the SBWL International Business
StartEach semester
AwardJoint certificate from all three universities & completion of the SBWL IB
IBWCEC can confirm your IBW International Experience (IBW-Auslandserfahrung) after successful completion of the entire program:

BaWiSo 19:

By completing the CEC program, IBW students fulfil the IBW international experience (no other mobility needed). Click here for more information.

BaWiSo 12:

If you are enrolled in the curriculum BaWiSo 2012, the previous regulation for IBW experience abroad applies to you. You can find the information here. If you change to the curriculum BaWiSo 2019, the new criteria for IBW experience abroad apply (from 1.10.2021).

Covid-19:

Central Europe Connect is designed as an on-site program that particularly pays attention to its “connecting” character. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, CEC had to switch to an online format from Spring 2020 – Spring 2021. Nevertheless, the CEC team remains committed to running CEC on-site. In Fall 2021, we started with an online module in Bratislava, but were able to run the Vienna and Warsaw course week on-site with online elements. CEC is supposed to take place in-person during the summer semester 2022..

Course Structure

After having successfully completed the two basic courses of the SBWL International Business in Semester 1, you take the following three dedicated CEC courses:

Strategies and Management for Central Europe

As SBWL Course 3 - Seminar IB Strategies

Structural Dynamics in Central European Economies

As SBWL Course 4 - Seminar IB Markets

Marketing Resources and Consumer Behavior in Central Europe

As SBWL Course 5 - Seminar IB Resources

Please be aware that the location order can vary from semester to semester.

Attendance is mandatory at all times during each CEC course week. It is the responsibility of each admitted student to ensure he/she is available for the entire week of all course weeks (see below for the exact dates). Hence, all CEC participants need to ensure they do not have time overlaps with other WU courses like PIs where they have to be present. Plan your semester wisely! Click here to download and view an example(!) of a CEC course week schedule.

Application Process

A maximum of 20 students from WU will be accepted for the Central Europe Connect Joint Certificate Program on top of the regular number of students admitted to the SBWL International Business.

Students apply during the entry exam to the SBWL International Business by indicating their interest for the Central Europe Connect option (simply by ticking a box on the exam sheet). Once admitted to the CEC track, it is not possible any more to switch to other IB tracks. No exceptions are made. Students who tick the respective box but are not selected for the CEC track will be considered for the regular track of the IB specialization.

Financial Support

Travel, accommodation and living expenses during the blocked courses abroad have to be covered by each student.

Each student receives financial support for the course weeks abroad totaling 400€, which is subject to a successful application according to CEEPUS and WU regulations. The sum provides financial support, but will usually not cover all the costs for the time in Bratislava and Warsaw. Detailed information will follow after admission to the SBWL IB and the CEC track.

Joint Certificate

After successful completion of Central Europe Connect, students receive an official joint certificate signed by representatives of all three institutions, WU, EUBA and SGH.

Timelines for Admitted Students

Starting in the summer semester 2021

Starting in the winter semester 2021/22

Starting in the summer semester 2022

Starting in the winter semester 2022/23

CEC experiences

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Frequently Asked Questions

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For personal consulting, visit WU's International Office during consultation hours.