Questions regarding the Application Process
Q: I have not yet completed my bachelor’s degree. Can I still apply for the master’s program in Business Communication (BizComm)?
A: You can indeed. It is not necessary to have completed your bachelor’s degree program at the time of application. Proof of completion of your bachelor’s degree program is required only at the time of your actual enrollment at WU.
Please note: If you want to submit your bachelor’s degree as a proof of English competence, you must have completed the full program already. Otherwise, you will need to provide an alternative to prove your proficiency in English.
Q: I have completed/I am completing a bachelor’s degree in an area outside of Business and Economics (e.g. political science, communication science, international relations, etc.). Can I apply for the master’s program BizComm?
A: That depends: in order to apply for the master’s program BizComm, the bachelor’s degree you completed must include at least 30 ECTS credits in the field of Business Administration and/or Economics. Unfortunately, we cannot give you an individual estimate on whether or not a particular course corresponds to our requirements. However, once you apply to the program, our admission office will check your documents and let you know if your bachelor’s program fulfills the prerequisites. Please check their website for more information (you’ll have to select the master's program Business Communication from the dropdown-list and then enter the kind of education that applies in your case): https://www.wu.ac.at/en/programs/application-and-admission
Tip: If you are not sure whether your bachelor’s program corresponds to the requirements, we recommend you use priority deadline I or II for your application. This way you will know rather early if you are eligible to join the master’s program BizComm!
Q: What are the steps in the application procedure of the master’s program BizComm?
Based on the documents provided, we will invite promising applicants for further assessment consisting of a short online assessment and participating in a group call. The candidates found to be most suitable by the selection committee will receive an offer of admission to the master's program BizComm.
If you have received an admission offer, you have to accept or reject it within 10 days. Once you have accepted, you will have to complete your enrollment in person at our admission office.
Q: Which requirements do I have to fulfill in order to apply?
A: In order to apply for the master’s program BizComm, you will have to meet a number of minimum requirements (relevant bachelor’s program & sufficient proficiency in English). Furthermore, you will have to provide us with proof of aptitude (CV, letter of recommendation, statement of motivation, writing sample/essay). Please find detailed information on the required documents online (you’ll have to select the master's program Business Communication from the dropdown-list and then enter the kind of education that applies in your case): https://www.wu.ac.at/en/programs/application-and-admission
Q: How can I register online?
A: You have to open an account in our online registration application (the link will be open during the admission process): https://bach.wu.ac.at/z/wu/mab Once registered, you will be able to upload all the required documents.
Q: Until when do I have to register online and submit my application?
Submitting your application is possible until the last so-called priority deadline. There are three priority deadlines set throughout the application and selection proceedings: October 8, 2023 (23:59 CET), January 8, 2024 (23:59 CET) and March 8, 2024 (23:59 CET). Submitted applications are batched and processed according to these priority deadlines. This means that the processing of applications submitted after a particular priority deadline will be delayed until after the next deadline. The earlier you apply, the sooner you’ll know if you receive a place in the program.
Attention international applicants (third-country nationals outside of the EU/EEA)! We strongly advise third-country nationals to use the first priority deadline which ends at the beginning of October. Austrian residence permit procedures are complex and demanding. The process should be started as early as possible. Please note that WU cannot assist students in residence permit procedures.
Q: By when do I have to apply for the master’s program BizComm if I'm not a EU/EEA-citizen?
A: During the rolling admissions process, you may use one of three so-called “priority deadlines” to apply. You will find more details about the rolling admission schedule here.If you are a third-country national holding a citizenship outside of the EEA/EU, we strongly recommend you use the first priority deadline. Austrian visa procedures are complex, demanding, and very time-consuming. Therefore, you should apply for a visa as early as possible. Otherwise, you may not be able to start the master’s program BizComm or at the least miss some substantial courses.
Q: What happens once I submit my application?
A: After submitting your application at one of the priority deadlines, we will assess your documents and decide if they correspond to our requirements. If they do and we find you show convincing achievement potential, we will invite you for further assessment. This means you will receive a link to an online platform in order to record a short video, introducing yourself and your motivation to study BizComm. Following this, you will receive an invitation to a group call where you will have to work on a mini-case-study together with a group of other applicants. If you are among the chosen candidates for the second stage of our selection procedure, you will be notified by e-mail approximately one week upfront. You will also receive an e-mail if your application is rejected.
Q: Do I have to travel to Vienna for the selection procedure?
A: No, you will not have to travel to Vienna. All steps will be accessible online, the group call will be held via Zoom. Please make sure that you are on time for your scheduled slot and that your technical devices (webcam, PC, microphone) are working correctly.
Q: I have received an invitation for the group call. What happens now?
A: Please respond to the invitation as soon as possible and no later than by the date specified in the e-mail. Please note that due to the number of applicants, we will not be able to offer you an alternative time slot for the group call.
Make sure, that you are on time for your scheduled slot. In case you have troubles logging on to the Zoom-meeting, please contact us immediately on the day using the telephone-number and/or e-mail provided in your invitation e-mail.
Q: When will the group call take place?
A: Dates for the group calls following the upcoming priority deadlines will be published soon. Please bear with us and return regularly to this site to check if dates have already been published.
Q: What happens during the group call? What questions will be asked?
A: If you are invited to the group call, you will be assessed by a panel as a part of a group of 4-5 applicants. During the call, candidates will participate in a mini-case-study with fellow applicants. Together, you will then have to present your ideas on how to solve the case.
Q: When can I expect a decision on my application?
A: Depending on the step in which your application is rejected/accepted, you will receive an e-mail stating our decision. That means that applicants who do not fulfill the formal requirements (e.g. relevant bachelor's degree, proof of english competence, etc.), will be notified earlier than whose who are interviewed.
Candidates who have participated in the interview assessment will be notified 3-4 weeks after the scheduled group calls. In any case, final decisions on all applicants will be communicated approximately 2-3 months after each priority deadline.
Q: Can I apply again if my application has been rejected?
A: If you have opted for one of the earlier priority deadlines (I or II), you can apply again using the following priority deadlines for the same academic year. If you have applied at the last priority deadline (III), you can only apply for the master’s program in the following registration period, usually opening in early fall. In both cases, you can use your existing account to complete your application and upload the required documents.
Q: Who is supposed to write the letter of recommendation?
A: The letter of recommendation should be written by one of the following people:
A course teacher of one of the courses of the educational institution you attended
An advisor or supervisor of an academic thesis you wrote
Another relevant person from the educational institution at which the course/s were attended or the academic thesis was written
Your supervisor at work or another person outside of an educational institution who is able to judge your achievement potential
Please note that we do not accept letters of recommendation after the respective priority deadline has already passed.
Q: What should be the content of the letter of recommendation?
A: The person writing the letter of recommendation may choose which specifics they want to include. Overall, the letter should give us sufficient information about your achievement potential so we can estimate if you are a good fit for our Master’s Program.
Q: Do I have to upload the letter of recommendation myself?
A: Please ask the person who wrote you the letter to upload it themselves via the personalized link provided in the online registration tool. You will find this link by logging into your account of the WU Master/PhD Online Application. Click on “Reference Letters”. Fill in your reference's name, e-mail-address and affiliation. Copy the personalized link provided and send it to your reference. You may also ask more than one person.
The letter may be uploaded during the time you complete your application. It is also possible to upload it after you already submitted your application. However, please note, that the letter must be uploaded before the chosen priority deadline. If your reference fails to upload the letter in time, your application will be rejected.
Q: When is the official starting date for courses in the master's program BizComm?
A: General start for universities in Austria and thus, also the master’s program BizComm, is October 1, each year.
Starting dates for courses may vary. However, make sure that you are able to attend courses on-site from this date onward. Further information on dates in the academic year of WU are provided here: https://www.wu.ac.at/en/students/administrative-information/dates-and-deadlines/academic-year
Q: Does WU offer scholarships?
A: There are several scholarships available, from merit scholarship grants to need-based scholarship grants, and also company-funded scholarships. Please consult our website for more details: https://www.wu.ac.at/en/students/my-program/masters-student-guide/grants-and-scholarships
You can also try to acquire grants from external sources listed on this website: https://grants.at/en/
Q: How high are tuition fees at WU?
A: Austrian tuition fees vary depending on which citizenship you hold (EEA/EU-citizenship/Non-EEA/EU citizenship, etc.) and, for EU/EEA citizens, also on the duration of your studies. Please consult the following websites for more detailed information: https://studyinaustria.at/en/study/tuition-fees/ and https://www.wu.ac.at/en/students/administrative-information/tuition-fees-students-union-oeh-dues
Q: Does WU offer student accommodation?
A: Unfortunately, WU does not offer on-campus accommodation. Therefore, you will need to organize a room or flat by yourself. More information on accommodation for students is provided here: https://www.wu.ac.at/en/programs/services-for-prospective-students/international-students/preparation-for-your-stay-in-vienna/living-in-vienna-1
Furthermore, you can check the websites of the OEAD (Agency for Education and Internationalization) and the University of Vienna for more advice on accommodation: https://studyinaustria.at/en/living/accommodation and https://studieren.univie.ac.at/en/student-life-who-can-help-me-with/#c262438
Q: Can I book an appointment to ask questions about the master’s program?
A: Unfortunately, at this time, we lack the capacity to offer personal consultations for applicants. However, you will find all relevant information about the master's program online. If you have any questions about requirements and the formal application/admission procedure, please check our application guide first (you'll have to first select "Master's Program" and "Business Communication" from the dropdown-list and then choose the appropriate educational background). In case you have any specific questions, you are very welcome to drop us an e-mail at email@example.com. If you want to know more about our student community, then check out their Instagram page or get in contact with them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I would like to know more about studying at WU as an international student. Where can I find more information?
Q: Can I participate in the master’s program Business Communication online?
A: Currently, there are no plans to offer the master’s program online. All courses are scheduled to take place on the WU Campus in Vienna, Austria.
Q: Do you offer pre-master’s programs/refresher courses/language courses?
A: Currently, we do not offer any additional courses or pre-master’s programs outside of the master’s program curriculum. You will have to meet all stipulated requirements at the time of your application or at the time of your official enrollment.
If you are interested in brushing up your German skills (or some other language skills), you can take up one of the offers by our Language Resource Center (free of charge for WU students and staff). You will also find a range of fee-based courses offered by our Business Language Center.
Studying abroad during the master's program BizComm
Q: Is it possible to study abroad during the master's program?
A: Not only is it possible, we actually encourage our students to take up the opportunity to study one semester abroad. It is particularly convenient to choose the third semester for gaining experience abroad, since it consists mainly of elective courses.
If you want to know more about spending an exchange semester abroad, please visit our International Office's website.
Q: At which universities is it possible to complete an exchange semester during the master's program BizComm?
A: WU has a wide network of partner universities all around the world. However, not all of them are suited for an exchange semester in the master's program BizComm. There is already a list of partner universities that are able to offer suitable courses to our students. However, we are still working on expanding that list, since our master's program has only been launched last year. You will find more information on current exchange possibilities for BizComm-students on the website of our International Office
If you have already been accepted to the program and you have a particular university or country that you are interested in, you can also write us an e-mail at email@example.com and we will get back to you with feedback on whether or not your choice is complying with the requirements of the program.
Q: I have read that there is the possibility to gain a Double Degree during the master's program BizComm. How does that work?
A: There is indeed the possibility to enroll in a Double Degree program offered at WU together with Tilburg University. This essentially means that you will spend your first year at WU Vienna and the second year at Tilburg University - School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (please see master’s program in Communication and Information Sciences). At the end of your studies, you will obtain two academic degrees – one is awarded by WU, the other by Tilburg University. Please find more information on our website, on the website of our International Office and on the website of Tilburg University.