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.
Welcome Days - Orientation Event for New StudentsAre you about to start your bachelor's program? Join our Welcome Days online from September 14 - 15, 2020
Getting Off to a Good Start
The Welcome Days is the orientation event for new students in a German-taught bachelor's program. In 2020, the Welcome Days will be held online.
Save the date:
September 14 - 15, 2020
What to expect during the Welcome Days?
Important information and tips for starting your studies
Information on our campus, services and offers for students
Get-together and exciting challenges und tasks to be solved in small groups online - prizes for the best groups included
Videos, live streams, and chats for your questions
Information on how to register will become available soon.
Save the date: September 14 - 15, 2020 - ONLINE
We look forward to seeing you during our Online Welcome Days!
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. We recomment that you take courses in the Summer (or Winter University) - especially if you plan to finish your bachelor's program within six semesters.
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. 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. We recommend that you attend your first STEOP courses during the Summer or Winter University! Additionally (or, alternatively), you can study independently using our LEARN learning and information portal.
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
What courses and exams should you take after completing the STEOP? Have a look at your curriculum.
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 Courses and Courses of the Business Language CenterBasic and refresher courses
Bridging Courses are offered free of charge. They are refresher courses in information technology, mathematics and languages (French, Italian, Russian and Spanish). You will find the courses of the current semester in the course catalogue (VVZ) in the section "Preparation Program". You can register for these courses as you would for individual courses in the LPIS system. Refresher courses are offered either in the last two weeks before the start of a new semester or during the semester.
Tip: According to the 2019 bachelor’s curriculum of “Business, Economics and Social Sciences”, you need to take one foreign language if you choose the major Business Administration (English, French, Italian, Russian or Spanish); if you choose the major International Business Administration, you need to take two foreign languages (English plus one of the following: French, Italian, Spanish, Russian). These Foreign Language Business Communication courses start at secondary school-leaving level. If you already have good language skills corresponding to secondary school-leaving level, but would like to brush up your skills, you can attend a refresher Bridging Course before attending the Foreign Language Business Communication courses that are part of the curriculum.
If you would like to learn a new language from scratch (French, Italian, Russian or Spanish), we recommend attending the Business Language Center's basic language courses (A1-A2). In contrast to the Bridging Courses, these courses are subject to a fee. You can register online or via the Language Resource Center. Learning a new language can be very time-consuming. To stay within the prescribed standard duration of six semesters for bachelor’s programs, we recommend that you start with the basic courses of the BLC in the first semester of your studies.
Bridging courses are only open to degree-program students at WU. Concurrently enrolled students cannot register for Bridging Bourses. By contrast, the courses offered by the Business Language Center are open to all.
To sign up for Bridging Courses, you need to have passed at least one exam of your bachelor’s program. The only exception to this rule is the refresher course in mathematics.
Not all subjects may be available every semester (see VVZ or BLC course list). Please note that Bridging Courses and the Business Language Center courses are not compulsory – they are extra-curricular courses.
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.
WU Beginner's Guide for Students
In our WU Beginner's Guide for Students (available in German only) you will find information on:
your first steps at WU
important terms for students
program structure and semester planning
service units and support
and much more
You will receive this guide when enrolling at WU for one of our German-taught Bachelor's programs. Or you can download it here: