Business and Economics
Application & Admission
A selection procedure for admission to the Bachelor’s Program in Business and Economics will be held once a year in the spring. Applicants who successfully pass the selection procedure can enroll in the program in the following academic year. The program starts in the winter semester only.
Selection procedure schedule for the 2018/19 academic year
1.) Online registration, March 1 – May 15, 2018
Before the selection procedure begins, applicants for the program must complete the online registration form and pay the € 50 application fee. The application fee can be paid by telebanking, eps online bank transfer or by credit card (Visa / Mastercard / American Express / Diners Club). The € 50 application fee must be in WU’s account by May 15, 2018. Account information is provided in the online registration tool. After you have paid the application fee, check the registration tool to ensure that your payment has been received.
Please note: The application fee is generally non-refundable even if an application is either rejected or enrollment is cancelled.
It is possible but not required to submit a letter of motivation at the time of registration. See step I of the selection procedure.
2.) Decision on whether selection procedure will be held on May 17, 2018
Applicants will be informed by email if a selection procedure will be taking place. If the number of applicants who complete the online registration form during the registration period exceeds the number of places available in the program, the selection procedure will take place. See step I of the selection procedure. If there are fewer applicants than available places, the selection procedure will not go forward. In this case, applicants can enroll in the program starting on July 3, 2018.
If the selection procedure is held
Step I, letter of motivation and proof of English skills, May 17 – June 01, 2018 (23:59 CET)
Applicants must submit a letter of Motivation and provide proof of their English skills, if they have not already done so at registration.
Letter of motivation
You need to submit your letter of motivation online via the online registration tool; registration opens on March 1, 2018: bach.wu.ac.at
Formal guidelines for the motivation letter
Your letter of motivation must be written in English. The submission form is divided into three separate sections with three questions to be answered. The maximum number of characters allowed for each section is indicated and may not be exceeded. The submission form will alert you if you have exceeded the maximum number of characters so that you can shorten your text. Before sending your motivation letter, make sure it is free of spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Please note that only complete submissions (all three questions answered) will be accepted. You will no longer be able to change or edit your submission after sending, but it is possible to save a draft of individual answers before submitting the finished letter of motivation. For a positive grade, all three questions on the letter of motivation must be complete and positive. Any unanswered question will result in a failing grade.
What we want to know
We want to get to know you: On the one hand, we’re interested in your expectations of the BBE program and why you’re applying. On the other hand, we’d also like to find out more about your skills, experiences, and interests and why you see yourself as a suitable candidate for the Bachelor’s Program in Business and Economics at WU. Please be sure to answer all three questions carefully and accurately.
Please note: We will not accept letters of motivation written in a language other than English, submitted by email, or submitted after the deadline. In any of these cases, you will not be able to continue with the selection procedure.
Proof of English skills
To be admitted to the English-taught Bachelor's Program in Business and Economics at WU, you must be able to document English skills of level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Please upload one of the following certificates together with your online application.
The following (valid) certificates documenting sufficient proficiency in English are accepted:
Cambridge English: First (FCE-B2), CAE (Certificate in Advanced English), CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English), BEC Higher (Business English Certificate Higher)
Documentation of the successful completion of secondary school, a bachelor's program, or a master's program of at least two year's duration taught in English, issued by the educational institution
A positive grade in English on the school report preceding the secondary school leaving certificate, or on the leaving certificate, issued by a school in the EU, the EEC, or Switzerland
Documentation proving that English is your first language.
All applicants will be informed by email if the step II of the selection procedure will be required. If the number of letters of motivation submitted by the deadline exceeds the number of places available in the program, then an entrance exam will be held. If the number of letters of motivation submitted does not exceed the number of places available in the program, the selection procedure will not go forward. In this case, applicants can enroll in the program starting on July 3, 2018.
Step II, entrance exam, July 10, 2018
The entrance exam will be held on July 10, 2018 in Vienna. All applicants will be informed by email in due time of the exact time and location of the entrance exam.
The entrance exam includes questions to test your knowledge and skills in the following areas:
1. English language skills
Correct use of English grammar, familiarity with the vocabulary of written English, understanding the content of English texts that deal with topics related to business, economics, and English-speaking countries.
2. Independent literature study
The following is required reading to prepare for the entrance exam: Pindyck, Robert/Rubinfeld, Daniel (2018): Microeconomics, Part One Introduction: Markets and Prices (pp. 23-86).
Applicants who have successfully registered and paid the registration fee will receive free access to an online version of this book as of April 12, 2018. The individual access code will be available to applicants in the online registration tool starting April 12.
Applicants will have to answer questions that test their knowledge and comprehension of the relevant content.
3. Math skills in the following areas:
Linear equations and simple nonlinear equations (in particular exponential equations) in one unknown
Linear equations in two unknowns
Linear and quadratic functions
Elementary probability calculus
The level of the problems posed will be comparable to the "Standardised Competence-Oriented Written School-Leaving Examination" which is currently in place for Austrian high school students. Please find the examples here.
We also recommend Sydsaeter, Hammond: Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis (any edition), chapters 1,2,4,6,8,10.
Important information on the selection procedure
The entire selection procedure is conducted in English, including all communications with applicants, the letter of motivation, and the entrance exam. Sufficient proficiency in English is therefore a prerequisite to participation in the selection procedure.
The selection procedure is not required for the following applicants:
Applicants who, by means of a disability card issued by the Federal Social Welfare Office (Bundessozialamt), provide evidence of long-lasting disability of a degree of at least 50% which makes it impossible for them to take the written exam. Please contact the Disability Commissioner for Students if this applies to you.
To be admitted to the program, applicants must not only successfully complete the selection procedure, but must also fulfill all formal prerequisites for admission. Please be sure to inform yourself in due time of the required steps and documentation.
All students who enroll in the Bachelor’s Program in Business and Economics in the 2018/19 academic year (enrollment is possible in the winter semester only) will receive a starter package worth the monetary equivalent of the registration fee.
To learn more about required steps and documents, please refer to our application guide.