CEE Program JOSZEF
We will discontinue the JOSZEF study program after the academic year 2016/17.
Therefore, no applications will be considered.
The name JOSZEF is an acronym derived from the German for "Young Central and European Students as Successful Future Managers" and is a WU study program in CEE Management.
It is aimed at WU students who want to learn more about Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as a market (JOSZEF Outgoing Program) and students from CEE countries who would like to acquire practical additional qualifications during a year abroad at WU (JOSZEF Incoming Program).
JOSZEF is solid education
Participants in the JOSZEF incoming and outgoing programs obtain a well-founded education in CEE-related business administration. This includes management skills as well as intercultural skills and background knowledge of recent CEE history.
JOSZEF is networking
JOSZEF students work together in intercultural groups and become members of the JOSZEF network. In class, during company visits and field trips, and at the legendary JOSZEF parties, students have a wide array of opportunities to interact with people from different CEE countries and representatives of JOSZEF corporate partners.
JOSZEF is practical experience
JOSZEF works closely with firms active in Central and Eastern Europe. The program has an excellent reputation among Vienna's regional players. The East-West Project seminar is always held in collaboration with a partner company. Students enjoy regular on-site visits to our corporate partners. An internship with a CEE focus is a central part of the JOSZEF program.
JOSZEF at a Glance
JOSZEF course program (approximatly 8 courses per semester)
Internship at a JOSZEF Corporate Partner
On site company visits
Enrichtment events, excursions and parties
The Advantages of JOSZEF
Additional qualification in CEE management
Study in an international group
Contact to Austrian firms
A chance to improve German skills
WU tuition waiver
Support from the JOSZEF Program Manager
Incoming JOSZEF students take approximately 8 courses per semester. Each course is worth 2 credit hours.
Some courses are also attended by outgoing JOSZEF students, while others are offered exclusively for incoming JOSZEF students. The range of electives allows JOSZEF students to select courses from the regular WU course catalog in either German or English, giving them the opportunity to experience everyday academic life at our university.
We are constantly improving the JOSZEF course program, so it may differ slightly from semester to semester. The following list is intended to give you an impression of the courses available:
|East-West Project Seminar||2||6|
|Social Entrepreneurship Lab||2||6|
|3 electives (with 1 spezialisation)||3 x 2|
|Job Application Training||1||-|
|Strategies & Management for CEE||2||6|
|Applied Strategy Concepts||2||6|
|English Business Communication||2||4|
|Angewandte Unternehmensstrategeien in CEE = Firmenbesuch||1||-|
|3 electives (with 1 spezialisation)||3 x 2|
|Intercultural Skills for CEE||2||6|
|Elective: Soft Skills||1||3|
Only students enrolled in our partner universities can apply for the JOSZEF Program. WU partner universities carry out the entire selection process. Applications must be submitted to the respective contact at your home university. Ask at the International Office or Exchange Office at your university to find out exactly what the application process entails. Unfortunately we cannot accept applications directly to WU.
Advanced business study program (final year) at a partner university
Very good German and English proficiency
Excellent academic record
Social and communicative skills
Please submit the following application documents to the International Office at your home university:
Curriculum vitae in German
Statement of purpose in German
Proof of very good German and English proficiency (transcript or certificate of completed courses)
Transcript with grades for current study program
Letters of reference from internships or employment
Your WU partner university selects qualified candidates and sends their complete applications to the JOSZEF coordinator at WU (by mid-April of every year). Final selections are made by the beginning of May. The coordinators at the partner universities are informed and nominate the selected JOSZEF candidates via the WU online nomination system.
Nominated candidates are informed and invited to attend a mandatory 2-day Assessment Center that takes place in September before the Winter Semester begins. The Assessment Center is designed to make sure that all candidates have the necessary qualifications. If a candidate does not fit the requirement profile, he or she still has the opportunity to remain at WU for a regular exchange semester.
JOSZEF is all about networking. JOSZEF students work together in intercultural groups and become members of the JOSZEF network. In class, during company visits and field trips, and at the legendary JOSZEF parties, students have a wide array of opportunities to interact with people from different CEE countries and representatives of JOSZEF corporate partners.
JOSZEF Graduation & Certificate
After successfully completing all program requirements, graduates are awarded the JOSZEF Certificate.
The JOSZEF graduation ceremony is held once a year in December.
To receive your JOSZEF Certificate, you must submit the following documents to the JOSZEF Program Manager at the IO by end of October:
Diploma / bachelor certificate of home university
Transcript of records from WU
Confirmation of an internship with a CEE focus
WU currently has agreements with 23 JOSZEF partner universities in Central, and Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
Students participating in the JOSZEF outgoing program spend one semester abroad at one of these partner universities. Students enrolled at these partner universities are also eligible to come to WU for one year as part of the JOSZEF incoming program.
The JOSZEF program was developed in close cooperation with the Austrian business community and with companies active in CEE, which is part of what makes the program so attractive and practice oriented. Whether in seminars, on company visits, or at events - JOSZEF students have many opportunities to interact with each other and with corporate partners, building up a network that remains valuable even after graduation. Many JOSZEF graduates are even recruited by the companies where they complete their required internships.
The following companies and institutions currently support the JOSZEF program: