Interested in studying abroad? WU's International Office (IO) has all the information you need about bachelor-level exchange semesters in Europe and overseas.
For a successful stay abroad: The IO provides information on all the necessary steps for organizing your exchange semester, information on scholarship and grant programs, and on the required proof of academic achievement. The IO will assist you all the way until your return to WU to make sure that your exchange stay is a success.
Please carefully read the Exchange Students' Guide.
This page will inform you about the most important steps for preparing and planning your exchange semester.
Where can I spend my exchange semester?
Which requirements do I have to fulfill to apply?
In order to be able to apply for an exchange program (exchange semester or ISU) organized by the International Office, students must have successfully completed courses to the extent of a minimum of 38 ECTS credits. Free electives are not included.
You can check online if you fulfill the requirements to apply for an exchange semester. To do so, please log in with your username and your password.
When can I apply?
If you fulfill the requirements, you can apply for an exchange semester abroad during the designated application periods. Please note that the time between your application and the start of your exchange semester will be roughly one year. If, for instance, you submit your application during an application period in the winter semester, you can expect to spend the following winter semester abroad.
What is the application process?
Applications are submitted online. You can indicate up to three preferences per application. If the Academic Advisors rank you for more than one university, you will be nominated for your highest preference.
After the end of the application period, your application will be forwarded to the appropriate Academic Advisors. The Academic Advisors make a shortlist of suitable applicants based on the submitted application documents, and they usually conduct selection interviews with the shortlisted candidates.
The International Office will announce the results of the selection process by email about a month after the end of the application period.
What are the most important things to consider?
Selection of courses held at the partner university: When selecting the courses you plan to attend, please keep in mind that you will need to apply for credit transfer after your return to WU. You have to complete a full semester workload, i.e. courses worth 30 ECTS credits, if you study at a partner university in Europe. If you go overseas, you have to complete the appropriate workload requirement of the partner university.
International Business Administration: If you are enrolled in the International Business Administration major (IBW), please make sure to fulfill the necessary criteria for your stay abroad to be recognized as IBW international experience.
Grants and scholarships: Grants are available to help finance your stay abroad at a WU partner university. You will get all the necessary information and documents at a mandatory Grant & Recognition Session before the start of your exchange semester.
Intercultural skills: The intercultural skills seminar (Interkulturelle Kompetenz, IKK) will prepare you for your stay abroad. It is mandatory for all nominated students and has to be completed BEFORE going abroad.
Preparations for your stay abroad: As a general rule, you will have to send registration documents to the partner university after your nomination for an exchange semester. Please also make sure in advance to obtain any visa you may need, get any required vaccinations, and get health insurance for your stay abroad. If you want to sublet your room during your semester abroad, you can use the housing platform www.housinganywhere.com.
Where do I get more information?
You can find more detailed information on studying abroad in the Exchange Students' Guide.
The team of the International Office will be happy to answer any further questions you may have face-to-face during our opening hours.
As a special service, we offer small-group advisory meetings to inform students in depth about important topics regarding stays abroad.
Information and tips about organising a semester, studying and living at WU's partner universities can be found in the experience reports by former outgoing students and in the section "What's it actually like?".
Every year in October, the International Office organizes the GO GLOBAL Exchange Fair, where you can get exhaustive information about WU's international programs and partner universities.
What to do with my room while abroad?
Housing Anywhere is a student-to-student housing platform that allows students to offer their room or apartment for subletting while they are away on exchange. The service is free of charge.
The International Office has a cooperation with Housing Anywhere and explicitly recommends it to incoming exchange students who are interested in private accommodation. This could thus be a suitable opportunity to find subtenants for the duration of your semester abroad.