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 2019/20 winter semester!
Are you going to pursue one of our German-taught bachelor's programs (WISO or WIRE) starting in the 2019/20 winter semester? Do not miss our Campus Days - the information and orientation program for new students, offered jointly by WU's Study Information and ÖH WU.
You will learn a lot about studying at WU, your specific program, and WU services, in addition to tips and tricks for succeeding academically.
The Campus Days (main program) will be held in August 2019 - shortly before the start of the Study Acceleration Program (Summer University) in September - so that you can get all the information in time before classes begin.
Campus Days (main program) for the 2019/20 winter semester (08:45 a.m - 4:00 p.m.):
Monday, August 26, 2019
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Please register for one day only - the program is the same on each of the four days.
In addition, on Friday, August 30, 2019, WU offers optional workshops/presentations for new bachelor's students as part of the Campus Days' main program. You can register for one or more of these:
"Are you a first-generation student? How to succeed in your studies" (09:30-10:30)
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.
"Five evidence-based tips for studying successfully" (10:30 - 11:00)
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 academic progress
"Welcome to our bachelor's program of Business Law" (11:00 - 11:45)
Will you be studying Business Law as of the 2019/20 winter semester? Do not miss this presentation - you will learn useful details about your program straight from the horse's mouth, i.e. presented by the Business Law faculty/program director.
To attend the Campus Days, please register online (registration starts on July 15, 2019 and ends on the day before your chosen date or when all slots are full). Please register for one day between August 26 and 29, 2019 only - the program is the same on all four days! In addition, you may sign up for one or more workshops/presentations on Friday, August, 30, 2019.
If you cannot make it to the Campus Days (main program) in August, no worries! There will be a compact Campus Days program on Monday, September 30, 2019. Registration starts on September 1, 2019 (and ends on the day before the event or when all slots are taken). Please note that you can either attend the Campus Days in August OR in September but not on both dates.
Would you like to register for the Campus Days in August (or in September)? Please use the login data that you used when registering for the selection procedure.
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.
The Campus Days will be held in German and are designed for students in a German-taught bachelor's program at WU. For new students in the English-taught bachelor's program "Business and Economics" we offer a separate information event held in English (BBE 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.
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 .