Business, Economics and Social Sciences
Are you interested in pursuing the German-taught bachelor’s program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences at WU and starting this program during the 2020/21 academic year? If so, please register for the selection procedure.
The selection procedure is held once a year. If you pass the selection procedure, you will be able to enroll at WU and start this program in the 2020/21 winter semester or the 2021 summer semester. In the 2020/21 academic year, there are 2,703 available places.
Selection Procedure Schedule for the 2020/21 Academic Year
Online Registration: March 3 – May 19, 2020Click here for more information
Your steps between March 3 and May 19, 2020:
Register online using our registration tool (link will become available on March 3, 2020)
Pay the € 50 registration fee
Information on paying the registration fee:
You will find the payment details in the registration tool.
You can pay via telebanking, eps online bank transfer or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club)
The fee must be paid in full by May 19, 2020.
Please check your payment status in the registration tool. A green checkmark means we have received your payment.
The registration fee is non-refundable, even if you fail the selection procedure or do not enroll at WU for any other reason.
Tip: Before paying the registration fee, you can already do the Online-Self-Assessment (OSA) – see Step 1: Online-Self-Assessment. The OSA will help you figure out if this bachelor’s program is right for you. If you complete the OSA and decide you want to study at WU, remember to also pay the registration fee by May 19, 2020.
Important: There are special regulations for applicants with a physical or mental disability.
Register here (link will become available on March 3, 2020)
Decision on Whether Selection Procedure Will Start: May 20, 2020Click here for more information
Have you completed your registration and paid the registration fee by the deadline? If so, we will send you an email on May 20, 2020 to let you know whether or not the selection procedure will start.
In which case will the selection procedure start?
If the number of applicants who complete the online registration and pay the fee during the registration period exceeds the number of available places in the bachelor’s program, the selection procedure will start. If there are fewer applicants than available places, the selection procedure will not go forward. In this case, you can enroll in the program for the desired semester (i.e., for the following winter or summer semester) during the enrollment period – for more information, please refer to our application guide.
If the Selection Procedure Is Held
Step 1: Online-Self-Assessment, until June 2, 2020Click here for more information
If the selection procedure starts, you have to complete the Online-Self-Assessment (OSA) by June 2, 2020. You will find your personal access link to the OSA in the registration tool. Access to the OSA is only possible by clicking on your personal link. If you have already completed the OSA during the online registration period, you need not do it again – Please check your OSA status in the registration tool.
The OSA may help you decide if this bachelor’s program is right for you. It includes questions on:
your expectations and interests,
your reading comprehension skills in German and English; mathematics, business and economics, organizational skills
The OSA will not be graded. This means that the kind of answers you give on the OSA will not affect your chances of passing/failing the selection procedure. The important thing is that you complete the OSA by the deadline. At the end of the OSA, you will get detailed feedback. Please read the feedback very carefully. It may help you decide whether this bachelor’s program is a good fit for you.
What happens after June 2, 2020?
We will send you an email by June 9, 2020 to let you know whether or not the entrance exam takes place (see Step 2: Entrance Exam).
In which case will the exam be held?
If more registered applicants complete the OSA (Step 1) by the deadline than there are places available, step 2 of the selection procedure will also come into effect: the entrance exam. If there are fewer applicants completing the OSA, the exam will not be held. In this case, you can enroll in the program for the desired semester (i.e., for the following winter or summer semester) during the enrollment period – for more information, please refer to our application guide.
Step 2: Entrance Exam on July 7, 2020Click here for more information
If the entrance exam takes place, you have to take the exam in person in Vienna and on exam day; there is no alternative date and no possibility to take the exam online.
Please upload your secondary school leaving certificate in the registration tool by the exam day (converting all pages into one single file).
Topics for the entrance exam
1. German and English language skills
Correct use of German and English grammar
Familiarity with the vocabulary of written German and English
Understanding the content of German and English texts that deal with topics related to business, economics, and English- and German-speaking countries
2. Elementary economic and business knowledge based on the following literature
Deutsche Bundesbank (2019): Geld und Geldpolitik. Schülerbuch für die Sekundarstufe II. Chapters 1, 3, and 6 - 6.3 (all of chapter 6 except 6.4 and 6.5). Accessible here: https://www.bundesbank.de/de/publikationen/schule-und-bildung/geld-und-geldpolitik-606038
The test will include questions that test candidates’ knowledge and comprehension of the relevant content.
3. Math skills in 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 descriptive statistics
Tables and frequencies
Elementary probability calculus
Practice materials to the topics specified above (and more) are available under the following links (in German):
Recommended further reading for exam preparation:
Sydsaeter, Knut & Hammond, Peter (2018): Mathematik für Wirtschaftswissenschaftler - Basiswissen mit Praxisbezug. (current edition; currently 5th ed.), Hallbergmoos: Pearson Studium. ISBN 978-3-86894-306-1, chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10.
All test questions and problems are based on the contents and competences anchored in the mathematics curricula of Austrian secondary schools (AHS and BHS-type schools). Please note that only simple (so-called "scientific") calculators are allowed for the entrance exam. Advanced technologies such as computer algebra systems, calculators with formula or text memory functions, laptops or smartphones with mathematics software, etc., are NOT permitted.
Do you have questions on the selection procedure? Please check our frequently asked questions (FAQ):
The entire selection procedure for the bachelor’s program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences is conducted in German - including all communications with applicants, the OSA, and the entrance exam. Sufficient proficiency in German is necessary for taking part in the selection procedure.
Please note that we do not cover or refund any expenses you may incur in connection with the selection and admission procedure.
The following special provisions apply to selected applicants:
Have you already been admitted and enrolled in our bachelor’s program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences in the past? You do not need to register for the selection procedure and can directly enroll in the program during the enrollment period.
Do you have a long-lasting physical or mental disability that makes it difficult or impossible for you to take the written entrance exam? Please contact WU’s BeAble team (email@example.com) during the online registration period (March 3 – May 19, 2020). Our BeAble team 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 the Online-Self-Assessment. Exceptions to the regular selection procedure for this group of applicants apply only to the written entrance exam in July.