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Application ISUs

A) Important Dates 2020

  • Small Group Advisory meetings: February 25, 2020, 2:00 pm; March 3, 2020, 3:00 pm

  • Application period: 03.03.2020 - 12.03.2020 (12 noon)

  • Group interview Joint ISU Indonesia:18.03.2020

  • Group interview Joint ISU Australia: 19.03.2020

  • Group interview Joint ISU Russia: 20.03.2020 (tbc)

  • Group interview Joint ISU China: tba

  • Prep Meetings (2 x): May and June 2020

  • Pre-course exam (for Joint ISU China & Joint ISU Australia participants): May 28, 2020 1:30 pm (TC.1.02.)

  • Pre-course assignment deadlines (for Joint ISU Indonesia & Joint ISU Russia): please refer to the respective course outlines


B) Application requirements

Bachelor's level:

You can apply for an International Summer University as soon as you have completed courses worth at least 38 ECTS credits (excl. free electives).

You can check online if you fulfill the application requirements. To do so, please log in with your WU username and password.

Master's level:

Admission to a master’s program at WU.

C) Application documents

The following documents have to be submitted during the online application process. You can indicate up to 2 ISU preferences.

  • One motivation letter for each International Summer University (in English, max. 1 page, addressed to the academic team of the respective ISU or generally to “Dear ladies and gentlemen” or “Dear Sir/Madam”)

  • CV in English

  • Copy of your valid passport

Please note that only PDF files can be uploaded.

D) Application procedures and selection criteria for ISUs organized by WU and CUHK / SMU Summer Programs

Step 1: Log in to the online application tool with your WU student ID number. Enter all the relevant information on your preferences, contact details, and degree program in the online application form and submit it.

Step 2: Upload your application documents. Please note that you have to upload two motivation letters if you stated two preferences. Read the privacy disclaimer and information document and submit your application.

Step 3: Pre-selection for the respective International Summer University by the WU academic team based on your application documents.

Please note that the CUHK and SMU admission decision is based on the application documents only.

Step 4: Invitation to small group interviews for all Joint ISUs in March based on the pre-selection by the academic team. (exception: CUHK and SMU Summer Programs)

  • Dates:

    • Joint ISU China: March 2020 (tba)

    • Joint ISU Indonesia: 18 March, 2020

    • Joint ISU Australia: 19 March, 2020

    • Joint ISU Russia: 20 March, 2020 (tbc)

  • Face-to-face group interviews for all Joint ISUs will be conducted by the WU academic team and International Office staff members. Please note that you have to be present during the application interviews and that interviews via Skype are possible only in rare, exceptional cases.


Step 5: The International Office will notify applicants whether their application was successful or not.

Selection criteria:
  • Motivation

  • English skills

  • Interest in the region where the International Summer University is held

  • Teamwork skills and intercultural competence

  • Academic progress


Please note: Acceptance decisions for the CUHK and SMU summer programs will be based on the uploaded application documents only (= no interviews).

E) Important information and exceptional cases

Individual bachelor's program students (e.g. IBW/Chinese):

Students enrolled in individual bachelor’s programs generally do not have access to the online application tool for International Summer University programs. To gain access to the application tool, interested students have to send a request to the International Office (

Master's students:

Master’s students generally do not have access to the online application system for International Summer University programs. Interested master’s students have to send a request to the International Office (

As International Summer University programs are primarily addressed to bachelor’s students, credit transfer on master’s level cannot be guaranteed.

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