WU International Summer University Programs and the CUHK Summer Program
Can I apply for more than one ISU program at the same time?
When you fill out the online application form, you can enter two preferences. If the number of applications we receive permits, it is possible that you may be selected for both of your preferences, provided that there are no overlaps and that you are qualified for both programs. However, as a general rule, we want as many students as possible to be able to participate in one of the International Summer University programs.
Do I have to fill out the online form twice for my two preferences?
No, you only have to fill out the online form once.
Are my preferences treated equally during the application process?
Yes, you may be invited to interviews for both your first and your second preference. How you ranked your preferences will only be taken into account in the final stage of the selection process.
Are application statistic available?
No. However, as a general rule, we want as many students as possible to be able to participate in one of the International Summer University programs.
How important are good grades?
Your grades are one of the selection criteria. However, other factors such as your motivation, interest in the region, English proficiency, specializations, and the quality of your application documents will also be considered. Another important aspect is the interview.
Do I have a disadvantage if I have already spent an exchange semester abroad?
Generally not. However, if we receive a high number of applications, students who do not have any international experience will be given preference, provided they are equally qualified. As a general rule, we want as many students as possible to be able to participate in one of the International Summer University programs.
I am an International Business Administration student. Will I be given preference?
Students of all majors will be treated equally. However, in case of identical qualifications, students who require international experience for their studies will be given preference.
Do you have any tips for writing the letter of motivation?
Your letter of motivation (and your CV) should be written in English and no more than one page long. For each of your two preferences, you have to write a separate letter of motivation. Address your letter of motivation to the academic team of the respective ISU or use a general form of address, such as “Dear ladies and gentlemen” or “Dear Sir/Madam.”
Are there any leftover spots?
It depends on the number and quality of applications submitted during the regular application period. We will post a notice on our website if an additional round of applications is held.
What is the selection process for WU’s International Summer University programs?
WU lecturers involved in the corresponding ISUs pre-select a group of students based on the application documents received. Then, face-to-face interviews with the applicants are conducted by the lecturers and the International Office. After the interviews, the final selection/nomination decisions are made (based on the applicants’ qualifications and preferences).
Please note: nomination = you are allocated to one of your preferences
If you decline the spot for which you have been nominated, this means that you officially withdraw from the ISU program. For more information, please see our cancellation policy.
How do the interviews work?
The interviews take place in small groups at the International Office. They are conducted by members of the academic team and the International Office. After the interviews, applicants will receive an email informing them about whether or not they have been selected.
I will not be in the country during the interviews and therefore cannot participate. Will I still be considered for a spot?
Generally, you have to be present at WU in person for the interviews. In rare, exceptional cases, interviews may also be conducted via Skype.
Does the timing of my application have an impact on whether or not I will be selected?Will a late application be a disadvantage for me?
No. All applications submitted during the application period will be treated and evaluated equally.
Participation and cancellation
Can I attend the International Summer University if I have already completed all of the exams included in the program offered?
Students who are able to transfer credits will be given preference, provided they are equally qualified.
Can I decline a nomination without being barred from future participation in ISUs?I have applied for an internship or a different exchange program, and I will not hear back from them until later.
Your nomination by the International Office via email is binding. We expect you to confirm receipt of the nomination email and pay the participation fee in time. If you do not pay the fee within the required period, your nomination will be withdrawn. After the nomination, you can only cancel your ISU spot in exceptional cases and under specific circumstances (illness, important family commitments, unforeseeable serious events). In such cases, you have to submit a written confirmation that documents the grounds of your cancellation. Please note that if you decline a spot without a valid reason (e.g. participation in an internship), you will be barred from all exchange programs organized by the International Office. All costs which may arise have to be paid by the student (see cancellation policy).
Which possibilities are there to transfer ISU credits towards my degree program?
All possibilities for credit transfer are listed in the fact sheets for each ISU. You can find the fact sheets on each ISU website and below:
When do I need to take the Intercultural Competence seminar?
Usually after your first ISU, if you would like to cover the international experience requirement for the International Business Administration major with three ISUs. Find out more about the Intercultural Competence seminar.
Are there any ISU experience reports available for the ISUs organized by WU?
You can find ISU experience reports by former participants on the websites of the respective ISUs. We also recommend that you check out the relevant WU blog posts to get an idea of the ISU experience.
Will I be insured during the ISU program?
Yes, participants of all ISU programs organized by WU have health and accident insurance coverage. Luggage is not covered.
Please note: This does not apply to International Summer University programs organized by WU partner universities.
How does the application and selection procedure work for programs organized by WU partner universities?
The respective WU partner universities are responsible for the administration of application and selection procedures, program design, organization, and implementation. A selection of recommended programs which can be recognized as international experience for the International Business Administration major can be found on our website.