Credit Transfer and Learning Agreement
Appointments for a consultation regarding Exchange Semester Abroad via Teams
If you like to arrange a consultation appointment via Teams regarding your exchange semester (Online Application, Credit Transfers, IBW International Experience and Learning Agreement), please click here.
Credit transfer Online Database
Please bear in mind that the online recognition database does not reflect the course catalog of your partner university, and that courses listed in the database are not necessarily offered every semester at the partner school. The online database essentially lists courses that WU students have taken at our partner universities in the past and for which they were able to successfully transfer credit to their WU program. The Online Credit Transfer Database is a service offered by WU that is unique in Austria for its students for orientation purposes. Please note that no legal claim can be derived from this.
Obtaining a Pre-Recognition Notice and Learning Agreement prior to an Exchange Period Abroad
If you have been nominated to spend a semester at a partner university abroad, you can go to bach.wu.ac.at and submit an application for pre-recognition prior to your exchange period to determine the equivalence of the courses you plan to take abroad to the courses prescribed by the applicable WU curriculum. If you receive an Erasmus grant, this application also serves to request a Learning Agreement. Please note that you can only submit the online application once. You should only submit your application once you know for certain which courses you will take during your exchange period abroad. For quick, preliminary information on courses that are eligible for credit transfer, please check the online database for credit transfer. All the courses are eligible for credit transfer – no additional confirmations are needed.
What is the online application?
The course review is only possible via the online application. This requires a nomination at the respective partner university.
The online application can only be sent once and should therefore only be submitted once the courses have been determined by the partner university.
If a course is not equivalent, you can change courses during the ongoing procedure.
Once the application has been completed, no changes are possible anymore. You are always able to change your courses during the pre-recognition period if the credits cannot be transferred to the WU. You will receive the "Feststellungsbescheid" by the end of the pre-recognition. The time at which the online application should be submitted depends on the partner university.
Find out in advance about the following points:
When do I have to announce the courses at the partner university?
How much time do I have to change courses?
How does the course registration work?
What is the notice of assessment (Feststellungsbescheid)?
If a pre-recognition notice has been issued, after your return WU is obligated to transfer the credit for those courses you complete at another university that are deemed equivalent to your WU program. You, however, are not obligated to take the courses listed in your pre-recognition notice or to apply for credit transfer for these courses after your return.
Please note that a pre-recognition notice serves only to confirm the equivalence of courses taken abroad, so that you can be sure those credits will be transferred later if you choose to take the courses specified in the notice. It does not mean, however, that these credits are automatically transferred. You still need to apply for credit transfer after your return to Vienna, with the transcript from the partner university showing the grades for the courses you took there. It is up to you to decide whether you want these courses applied as compulsory courses, electives, or not at all.
What is the difference between the recognition of exams and the confirmation of the IBW experience abroad?
A strict distinction is made between the recognition of exams and the confirmation of international experience in the Bachelor's program in Economics and Social Sciences, International Business Administration. When recognizing exams, an exam at the partner university replaces an exam at WU. Only as many ECTS can be recognized as the requested examination at WU.
The confirmation of the IBW experience abroad is not a recognition, but a prerequisite for the completion of the International Business Administration course of study in the Bachelor's program in Economics and Social Sciences. You must complete at least 24 ECTS related to business at the partner university in the Bachelor’s program Business and Social Sciences 12.
Before Your Stay at the Partner University – Online Application
Please submit your application online at bach.wu.ac.at/z/stud/vorausbescheid/
Please enter each course you intend to take at the partner university as a new course in your application, using the correct title as given in the partner university’s course catalog.
Please fill in the full title of the corresponding examination at WU. Each WU examination can only be selected once because credit transfer will only be granted once per examination.
Please note that it is not possible to transfer credits for an examination towards your WU degree program if you have already taken the corresponding exam at WU.
Please enter a link or attach a document that provides information on the syllabus/contents of the course held at the partner university and that indicates how many ECTS credits or credit hours or contact hours the course is worth.
Please also enter a link that provides information on the master´s level.
During Your Stay at the Partner University
Please have the partner university countersign your Learning Agreement.
In case you take other courses than the ones listed on your pre-recognition notice:
Credit transfer for exams: Please check the appropriate credit transfer online database. All the courses included in these lists are eligible for credit transfer – no additional confirmations are needed.
Learning Agreement: Please enter the changes by hand on page 4 (Changes to the original Learning Agreement). You don’t need to obtain any additional approval from WU.
After Your Stay Abroad
Federal financial aid
Sample application form with instructions: Antrag auf Gewährung einer Beihilfe für ein Auslandsstudium SB-AS 1 (application for federal financial aid for a stay abroad; form in German)
Application form: Antrag auf Gewährung einer Beihilfe für ein Auslandsstudium SB-AS 1 (application for federal financial aid for a stay abroad; form in German)
Sample form with instructions: Studienerfolgsnachweis SB-AS 2 (confirmation of academic achievement; form in German)
Form: Studienerfolgsnachweis SB-AS 2 (confirmation of academic achievement; form in German)