Welcome to the first semester of your bachelor’s program!
Getting off to a good start is the first step towards success. The links below provide you with important information on what to do at the beginning of your studies and give you helpful tips on organizing your studies.
Campus DaysOrientation for new students in a German-taught bachelor's program
Do not miss the "Campus Days" orientation program for new students in the 2018/19 winter semester!
Starting a German-taught bachelor's program at WU is exciting but may also be daunting for new students. To help you settle in at university and get off to a good start, WU's Study Information team and the Students’ Union ÖH WU offer an orientation program called "Campus Days" for new bachelors's students in a German-taught program before the start of each semester.
Lectures and workshops on topics like “Studying at WU” or the eLearning platform “Learn@WU” provide helpful information and tips on getting the most out of your time at WU.
Campus Days for the 2018/19 winter semester (08:30 a.m - 03:00 p.m.):
Monday, August 27, 2018
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Please register for one day only - the program is the same on each of the four days.
In addition, on Friday, August 31, 2018, WU offers two workshops for new bachelor's students as part of the Campus Days:
Are you a first-generation student? How to succeed in your studies (09:00-10:30)
This workshop is for students whose family members have not attended university. Studying can be challenging at times, especially if you are the first person in your family to attend university. In this workshop you will get tips on how to get startet and settle in to the academic environment.
Workshop "Five evidence-based tips for studying successfully" (10:30 - 11:30)
Based on statistics and surveys, we will share proven success factors for your studies at WU. Among other things, you will learn:
- how to plan your first year at WU in order to succeed in your studies
- what strategies to use when preparing for exams
- when best to start studying for an exam
- how many hours of part-time work are possible without compromising your grades or progress
To attend the Campus Days, please register online (registration starts on July 3, 2018 and ends on the day before your chosen date or when all slots are full). Please register for one day between August 27 and 30, 2018 only - the program is the same on all four days! In addition, you may sign up for one or both workshops on Friday, August, 31, 2018.
The Campus Days and the workshops will be held in German and are designed for students in a German-taught bachelor's program at WU.
For directions, please refer to our campus map.
We look forward to seeing you during the Campus Days! Do you have questions? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seize this opportunity and attend the Campus Days to make the most of your studies right from the start!
Please note: For new students in the English-taught bachelor's program "Business and Economics" there will be a separate information event held in English at the end of September.
Summer/Winter University program for new studentsPreparing for the first exam week of the semester
Studying during the semester break? The Summer/Winter University is a study acceleration program that allows you to take classes during the holidays and get ahead in your studies. The Summer University program is held in September, the Winter program in February. At the moment, all study acceleration programs are held in German.
Learn more about the Summer/Winter University, dates and deadlines at Study Acceleration Programs.
Introductory and Orientation Phase (STEOP)
The introductory and orientation phase (STEOP) consists of the following courses, intended to give students an initial overview of the subjects they will delve into in more detail later on in their studies.
Bachelor’s Program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences (BaWISO)
Introduction to Business Administration
Fundamentals of Economics
Business in a Legal Context – European and Public Business Law I
Bachelor’s Program in Business Law (BaWIRE)
Introduction to Business Administration
Fundamentals of Economics
Introduction to Law
Fundamentals of Public Law
You have to pass all exams of the introductory and orientation phase (STEOP) so that you can register for any subsequent courses or exams in your program.
Mentoring@WUGetting by with a little help from your friends
Starting over is not always easy, and starting a degree program at university may be particularly hard: settling into university life after leaving your familiar school environment comes with a number of challenges.
This is where mentors can help. WU’s Mentoring@WU program pairs up new students with more advanced students (i.e., mentors) to help newcomers get off to the best possible start.
Bridging CoursesBasic and refresher courses
Bridging courses are offered both at basic and refresher levels. Current courses are listed in the online course catalog VVZ, you can sign up for them as you would for individual courses.
Basic courses are intended for students with no previous knowledge of the subject. By attending basic course I followed by course II, you can attain a secondary school-leaving level in a foreign language in one academic year. You can take these courses simultaneously with your degree program courses during the semester. The following languages are offered: French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian.
Tip: In the International Business Administration major of the Bachelor’s Program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences, the curriculum requires two foreign languages (Foreign Language Business Communication), which begin at secondary school-leaving level. If you plan to learn a new language from scratch and still finish your program in six semesters (minimum duration), you will need to start with basic course I in your first semester at WU. You can only do so if you fulfill the bridging course requirements (at least one completed exam of your bachelor's program; use the first exam week).
Refresher courses are for students who have already attained secondary school-leaving level and just want to brush up their skills. These courses are offered either in the last two weeks before the start of the semester or during the semester. Available courses: IT skills, mathematics, French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian.
Bridging courses are available only to WU students; concurrently enrolled students from other universities cannot register for bridging courses.
To sign up for bridging courses, students need to have passed at least one exam of their bachelor’s program. The only exception to this is the bridging course in mathematics.
Not all subjects are offered every semester (see the online course catalog). Please note that bridging courses are not required by the bachelor's program curricula and are therefore considered extracurricular activities.
Student Support Area
The Student Support Area is a valuable source of information from the beginning of your studies all the way to graduation. It offers not only important information on the organization and structure of WU’s programs, but also useful resources on such things as maintaining a healthy work-life balance during your time at university. The Student Support Area is currently available in German only.
Learn more at Student Support Area.
move! - your WU-Guide
The WU guide for students
This student handbook is a useful guide throughout your studies and covers a wide range of topics:
easing the transition from school to university
planning and organizing your studies
studying effectively and preparing for exams
finding a job during or after your studies
Move! is currently available only in German .