Business, Economics and Social Sciences
Update: The entrance exam 2019/20 will be held on July 9, 2019.
Would you like to apply for the German-taught bachelor’s program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences (Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, WISO in short)?
You can do so once a year in spring by registering for the selection procedure. If you pass the selection procedure (if it is held), you will be able to enroll in the program in the following winter or summer semester and start the program.
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Selection Procedure Schedule for the 2019/20 Academic Year
Online Registration: March 1 – May 15, 2019Click here for more information
Please register online for the selection procedure and pay the registration fee of EUR 50 (telebanking, eps online bank transfer or credit card: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club) between March 1 and May 15, 2019. The fee is non-refundable and must be paid in full by May 15, 2019 - please check your payment status in the registration tool.
Would you like to know what awaits you in the bachelor's program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences and what skills you need to succeed in your studies? You can complete the Online-Self-Assessment (see Step 1 - Online-Self-Assessment) before paying the registration fee. The Online-Self-Assessment is intended to help you make the right study decision. Have you chosen WU? Remember to pay the registration fee of EUR 50 by May 15, 2019.
Important: There are special regulations for applicants with a physical or mental disability.
Decision on Whether Selection Procedure Will Start: May 17, 2019Click here for more information
If the number of applicants who complete the online registration during the registration period exceeds the number of places available in the program (number of places: 2,703), 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 admission period – for more information, please refer to our application guide.
If you have successfully registered by the deadline, you will receive an email on May 17, 2019 informing you whether or not the selection procedure will be held.
The number of applicants for the 2019/20 academic year who have completed the online registration and paid the registration fee by the deadline exceeds the number of places available in this program. Therefore, the selection procedure will start. For more information on the selection procedure, please refer to the information below.
If the Selection Procedure Is Held
Step 1: Online-Self-Assessment, until May 31, 2019Click here for more information
The Online-Self-Assessment (OSA) is a required part of the selection procedure. When registering online, you will receive a link and your personal login data for the OSA questionnaire in the registration tool. You have to complete the OSA by May 31, 2019. The OSA will not be graded. It is intended to give you a realistic idea of the bachelor’s program and of how the program is organized. It includes questions on your motivation, expectations, and interests. It also offers exercises that test essential skills required for the program (understanding texts in German and English, mathematics, business and economics, organizational skills). Once you have completed the OSA, you will receive feedback online so as to help you compare your skills and expectations with the nature and requirements of the bachelor’s program. The OSA is solely intended to help you make an informed decision when choosing your bachelor’s program and therefore will not be graded. This means that the answers you give on the OSA will not affect your chances of passing/failing the selection procedure for the bachelor’s program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences.
If more applicants have completed the OSA by May 31, 2019 than there are places available, step 2 of the selection procedure will also come into effect: the entrance exam. You will receive an email by June 18, 2019 at the latest informing you whether the exam will take place or not. If the 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.
Important: Please upload your secondary school leaving certificate in the registration tool by the exam day.
Due to the number of OSAs completed by the deadline, Step 2 of the selection procedure will also be held: the entrance exam on July 9, 2019.
Step 2: Entrance Exam on July 9, 2019Click here for more information
Topics for the entrance exam
The entrance exam will include questions and problems to test skills and knowledge in the following areas:
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 (2017): Geld und Geldpolitik. Schülerbuch für die Sekundarstufe II. Chapters 1, 3, and 6. 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):
www.srdp.at/schriftliche-pruefungen/angewandte-mathematik/allgemeine-informationen/ (Applied Mathematics) (particularly part A)
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, 2, 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.
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.
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(firstname.lastname@example.org) during the online registration period (March 1 – May 15, 2019). 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.