Structure & Content
This part of the website is intended to give you an overview of the structure and content of the BBE program. The program is structured into three phases (1. introductory courses, 2. core courses, 3. specializations and free electives).
The first two phases are relatively standardized, but the third phase can be personalized to suit each student’s interests. Please note that the phases may overlap depending on your progress and planning.
The Bachelor’s Program in Business and Economics (BBE) is a 3-year full-time degree program (6 semesters), comprising 180 ECTS credits. After successful completion of the bachelor’s program, you will be awarded the academic degree Bachelor of Science (WU), abbreviated as BSc (WU).
Over the course of the program, you will learn about current global challenges in business and economics and acquire the skills and knowledge needed to deal with them. During your studies, you will also learn about theoretical models as well as applications in real-world business situations. You will have the opportunity to custom-tailor your studies by taking specializations and free electives of your choice.
The three phases of the program (6 semesters)
Phase 1 (introductory courses) of the bachelor’s program deals with current topics in global business and economics. You will learn how to assess contemporary economic, social, and environmental problems from an interdisciplinary perspective.
In phase 2 (core courses), you will gain fundamental knowledge in business, economics, data analysis, analytical thinking, and academic writing. Additionally, you will enhance your communication, teamwork, and social skills.
Phase 3: Our goal is to help you create your own unique profile, and to do that we offer you a variety of specializations and free electives in phase 3 of the bachelor’s program. If you want to go the extra mile, you can go on a semester abroad (semester 5 or 6) at one of our partner universities or take a study-related internship (in the summer between semesters 2 and 3 or semesters 4 and 5) in a company and country of your choice to complement your studies.
You can find the syllabi of all courses in WU’s online course catalog (eVVZ).
You have to pass the following two courses successfully
Contemporary Challenges in Business and Economics
Business and Society
before you can sign up for any other courses (except Quantitative Methods I).
Quantitative Methods I
Understanding Business/Business Planning
Governance and Legal Environment
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Foundations in Microeconomics
Foundations in Socioeconomics
Quantitative Methods II (Quantitative Methods I is a prerequisite for this course)
Law, Economics, and Business
Business Analytics I (Quantitative Methods I is a prerequisites for this course)
Business Analytics II (Quantitative Methods I is a prerequisites for this course)
Decision Making and Behavior in Business
Foundations in Macroeconomics
History of Economics and the Economy
Managing Organizations and People
Logic and Methodology of Social Sciences
Bachelor’s Thesis Coaching and Presentation
You can choose from a variety of specializations to follow your interests (see list below).
Once you have completed 42 ECTS credits of the core courses and 12 ECTS of the introductory courses, which will most likely be the case at the end of semester 2/in semester 3, you are entitled to apply for specializations.
You have to complete specializations totaling 40 ECTS credits. We offer specializations worth either 20 ECTS credits or 10 ECTS credits, which gives you the opportunity to opt for two to four specializations. It is up to you to choose two 20 ECTS specializations, one 20 ECTS specialization and two 10 ECTS specializations, or four 10 ECTS specializations.
Please inform yourself in timeabout dates, deadlines, and the selection procedures that apply for the specializations you’re interested in. Note that may not all specializations start every semester. Detailed information can be found on the specializations’ websites.
Please note that the following is a preliminary list of specializations which may be subject to change.
Admission to specializations
Please find detailed information on admission to the specializations here.
Specializations worth 20 ECTS credits:
Business Mathematics (only starts in winter semesters)
Economics Core (only starts in winter semesters)
Economics Fields (start summer semester 2020, only starts in summer semesters)
Economy, Climate Change and Sustainability (only starts in winter semesters)
Finance: Markets, Institutions and Instruments (start winter semester 2020/21)
International Accounting and Controlling (start summer semester 2020)
International and European Tax Law (start winter semester 2020/21)
International Business (start winter semester 2019/20)
International Business Communication (start winter semester 2020/21)
International Marketing Management (start winter semester 2020/21)
Interactions of Economy and Society (start winter semester 2020/21)
Urban and Regional Economics (start summer semester 2020, only starts in summer semesters)
Specializations worth 10 ECTS:
All specializations worth 10 ECTS credits, except the specialization abroad, start in winter semester 2020/21.
The curriculum is designed to be flexible and allows you to integrate a wide range of free electives. You have to complete 26 ECTS credits worth of free electives.
Free electives may be selected from all courses that require an examination as offered by all recognized universities in Austria or abroad. Pass/Fail courses, such as AGs (Arbeitsgemeinschaften), will not be recognized as free electives. If you are planning to go on an exchange semester, we strongly recommend that you complete your free electives at one of our partner universities.
-Registration for courses as free electives at WU
You can register for all courses listed in the additional courses list (BBE) on eVVZ via LPIS by typing in the course number.
-Course recognition and credit transfer
Courses will not be automatically recognized as free electives.
For recognition of all successfully completed courses as free electives at WU or as concurrent enrolment at another university in Austria (Mitbeleg), please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org after your grade has been issued/entered in LPIS.
For credit transfer of courses taken as free electives as a degree student at another university in Austria, abroad at one of our partner universities, or courses taken at the Business Language Center, please find detailed information here.
-Credit information of courses chosen as free electives at WU
Courses that are subject of a bachelor’s program: You can find information on the amount of ECTS credits recognized by clicking on the field “subject of a bachelor’s program” in the respective course syllabus.
Courses that are not subject of a bachelor’s program: 1 Ch : 1.5 (1 Credit hour = 1.5 ECTS credits)
Cross Functional Management Courses: 4 ECTS credits
Social skills workshops: 1 Ch : 2 (1 credit hour = 2 ECTS credits)
Please find a list of courses in the online course catalog (eVVZ).
If you would like to gain some more practical experience, you have the opportunity to earn ECTS credits for a study-related internship in a company and country of your choice. Please note that we do not provide any internships for you, but you can check out the WU Career Center (ZBP) website and participate in the center’s counselling and training sessions.
Are you interested in working on projects in developing countries? Check out the SDG-internships.
- Internship requirements
full-time internship (approx. 38-40 hours per week)
minimumduration of six successive weeks
related to the content of the bachelor’s program
We recommend that you complete your internship during the summer months. For each week, you will earn 1 ECTS credit but a maximum of 8 ECTS credits can be recognized for the program.
- Before the internship
It is mandatory toattend the internship kick-off meeting before the start of the internship. The internship kick-off meeting will take place at the end of May/start of June, and it will provide you with detailed information about the conditions that apply for internships.
- After the internship
In the winter semester following your internship, you are required to register for the Internship Seminar (4 ECTS credits). There you will present you internship report and discuss lessons learned from your work experience with your instructor and fellow students. You will only receive credits for the internship if you participate in the Internship Seminar.
Please take into account that the internship and the Internship Seminar can add up to a maximum of 12 ECTS credits (max. 8 ECTS credits for the internship + 4 ECTS credits for the seminar). These 12 ECTS credits will be deducted from the 26 ECTS credits which you have to complete in the form of free electives. This means that if you do an internship, you will have to take fewer free electives, depending on the duration of your internship.
Your program coordinator will inform you about the applicable internship guidelines and conditions. For internships outside of Austria, we recommend that you ask for information on grant opportunities for stays abroad at the WU International Office.
Study abroad opportunities (optional)
- Exchange Semester
If you would like to gain international experience, you can spend a semester abroad at one of our partner universities. To be eligible to apply for an exchange semester, you need to have earned a minimum of 38 ECTS credits (excl. free electives).
In preparation for your stay abroad you will have to take the course Cross-Cultural Competence. This cross-cultural course will be recognized as a free elective. We strongly recommend you to take your free electives during your exchange semester.Additionally, you can complete a specialization abroad at one of our partner universities. The courses taken for the specialization abroad must be business-related and thematically related. In addition, the specialization abroad must be completed during studies outside of Austria and outside of your home country at one of our partner universities.
Please notethat applications must be submitted a year in advance during pre-defined application periods.
- International Summer University
Alternatively, you can attend an International Summer University (ISU) organized jointly by WU and a partner university abroad. ISUs take place during the summer months and have a duration of approximately three to four weeks each. A maximum of 8 ECTS credits earned during an ISU program are eligible for credit transfer towards your bachelor’s program.
As with an exchange semester, you can only apply for an International Summer University program if you have completed a minimum of 38 ECTS credits (excl. free electives).
- Double Degree Program
Would you like to gain a second bachelor's degree in only one additional year abroad?We offer you the unique chance of a Double Degree Program in cooperation with the Queensland University of Technology in Australia.
As with an exchange semester, you can only apply for the Double Degree Program if you have completed a minimum of 38 ECTS credits (excl. free electives).As mentioned above, it is recommended that you plan your studies according to the requirements for your stay abroad. Carefully read the course structure and prerequisites of the Double Degree Program.
Please notethat applications must be submitted 1.5 years in advance during pre-defined application periods. You can find detailed information on the Double Degree Program here.
The International Office (building LC, level +4) team is available to assist you with any questions you may have concerning your stay abroad. The International Office is looking forward to receiving your applications. Please turn to the International Office for information about application deadlines and grant opportunities for your stay abroad.