Business and Economics
Are you interested in applying for the English-taught Bachelor’s Program in Business and Economics at WU?
A selection procedure for admission to the Bachelor’s Program in Business and Economics is held once a year in the spring.
Applicants who successfully pass the selection procedure can enroll in the program in the following winter semester.
The program starts in winter semester (September/October) only.
In the winter semester 2020/21 we will accept 240 students.
Registration to the selection procedure for the 2020/21 academic year
Online registration: March 3 – May 19, 2020Click here for more information
First, you must complete your registration for the selection procedure by May 19, 2020:
Fill in your data in the online registration form (link activates on March 3)
Pay the € 50 registration fee
Information on the payment of the registration fee:
Payment is possible by telebanking, eps online bank transfer or by credit card (Visa / Mastercard / American Express / Diners Club)
The registration fee must be in WU’s account by May 19, 2020
Account information is provided in the online registration tool
Please check the registration tool a few days after you have paid the application fee to ensure that your payment has been received
The registration fee is non-refundable even if an application is either rejected or enrollment is cancelled
Please note: It is possible but not required to fulfill step I of the selection procedure (Online-Self-Assessment and your statement of your motivation) already at the time of registration. See step 1 of the selection procedure.Special requirements apply if you have a cognitive impairment or a physical disability.
Register here (link activates on March 3, 2020)
Decision on whether selection procedure will start: May 20, 2020Click here for more information
On May 20, 2020, we will inform you 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 1 of the selection procedure.
If there are fewer applicants than available places, the selection procedure will not go forward. In this case, you can enroll in the program starting on July 13, 2020. Please note that you still have to meet all formal admission requirements and that your documents have to get checked by the Admissions Team first.
More information on admission is available in our online application guide.
If the selection procedure is held, the following two steps will apply:
Step 1: until June 2, 2020Click here for more information
After setting up an account in our online registration tool, you will receive a link and your personal login data to the OSA through the registration tool.
The OSA is a required part of the selection procedure
You have to complete the OSA by June 2, 2020
The OSA will not be graded. It is intended to give you a realistic impression of the content of the program and of how the program is organized. It includes questions about your motivation, expectations, and interests. It also offers exercises that test essential skills required for the program, e.g. logical thinking, language skills, mathematics
Once you have completed the OSA, you will receive online feedback that will let you compare your skills and expectations with the nature and requirements of the program
Important note: The OSA is solely intended to help you make an informed decision when choosing your degree program and therefore will not be graded.
Statement of your motivation
You need to answer three specific questions concerning your motivation via the online registration tool by June 2, 2020.
Formal guidelines for the motivation statement:
You must answer all three questions
Your answers must be written in English
The number of characters allowed for each section is indicated and may not be exceeded. Please stick to the defined amount of characters when answering the questions. 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 answers, make sure they are free of spelling mistakes or grammatical errors
Please note that only complete submissions 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.
What we want to know
Your expectations of the BBE program
Your reasons to apply
Your skills, experiences, and interests
What makes you a suitable candidate for the BBE program at WU
Please note: We will not accept answers 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.
Information on your results of step 1
Latest on June 9, 2020, we will inform you by email, if you have fulfilled all requirements of step 1 and are invited to take the entrance exam.
If more applicants submit the Online-Self-Assessment and their statements of motivation than study places available, the entrance exam will be held.
If the number does not exceed the number of places available in the program, the selection procedure will not go forward. In this case, you can enroll in the program starting on July 13, 2020. Please note that you still have to meet all formal admission requirements and that your documents have to get checked by the Admissions Team first.
Detailed information on admission is available in our online application guide.
Important note: Please upload your secondary school leaving certificate in the online registration tool as soon as you have received it and no later than July 7, 2020.
Step 2: Entrance exam on July 7, 2020 in ViennaClick here for more information
The entrance exam will be held on July 7, 2020 from 9:00 am to 12:30 noon in Vienna.
You will have to take the entrance exam in person in Vienna. Exceptions cannot be made. Please note that it is not possible to take the entrance exam on another date or online.
The entrance exam includes questions to test your knowledge and skills in the following three areas:
1. English language skills
We will test your
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: Elementary economics and business knowledge
The chapters 1 to 6 are required reading to prepare for the entrance exam:
You will have to answer questions that test your knowledge and comprehension of the relevant content.
3. Math skills
We will test your knowledge of the following areas
Elementary financial mathematics
Linear equations and simple nonlinear equations (in particular exponential equations) in one unknown
Linear equations in two unknowns
Linear and quadratic functions
Exponential and logarithmic 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.
Note that only simple (so-called "scientific") calculators are allowed for the exam. Higher technology such as computer algebra systems (CAS), caclulators which are able to store formulas/text, laptops or smartphones with mathematical software, etc., are not allowed.
Useful but not mandatory: If you want to deepen your knowledge, we recommend the following book:
Sydsaeter, K., Hammond, P., Strom, A., & Carvajal, A. (2016): Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis (current edition, at the moment 5th edition), Hallbergmoos: Pearson. Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8,
Information on your entrance exam results
Latest on July 14, 2020, we will inform you in the online registration tool, if you are among the first 240 applicants and are invited to admission.
For admission you will have to
You have already been admitted and enrolled to the WU Bachelor’s Program in Business and Economics in the past? Then you do not need to sign up for the selection procedure.
You have a long-lasting physical or mental impairment that makes it difficult or impossible for you to take the written exam? Please contact the WU BeAble team during the online registration period, March 3 – May 19, 2020. The WU BeAble team (email@example.com) will work with you to find out if and how you can participate in the entrance exam. Please note: You still have to register for the selection procedure and complete step 1, if it is conducted. Exceptions to the regular selection procedure for this group of applicants apply only to the written entrance exam in July.
The entire selection procedure is conducted in English. This includes all communications with applicants, the statement of motivation, and the entrance exam. Sufficient proficiency in English is therefore a prerequisite to participation in the selection procedure.
We do not cover or refund any expenses you may incur in connection with the selection and admission procedure.