IBW International Experience
As part of the International Business Administration major, an experience abroad is mandatory. This experience abroad must be acquired during the bachelor's degree. In the study plan BaWiSo 2019 the experience abroad is called "IBW international experience", in the study plan BaWiSo 2023 the module "International Experience" must be completed. More details are available in the FAQ section as well as on the linked websites.
Below you will find suitable exchange programs:
Contact and FAQs
Study Regulations & Credit Transfer (email@example.com) is responsible for credit transfer of courses and achievements completed abroad.
Study plan BaWiSo 2019: The confirmation of the IBW international experience is carried out automatically by the International Office (firstname.lastname@example.org), provided that the experience abroad was completed after the summer semester 2021.
Study plan BaWiSo 2023: Registration does not need to be requested. The module "International Experience" is considered completed as soon as 20 ECTS credits have been recognized. These can be accumulated through the exchange programs mentioned above.
FAQs for students enrolled in BaWiSo 2019 (valid from October 1, 2021)
Note: With the winter semester 2021/22, a change in the study plan will come into effect for the bachelor's program in Economics and Social Sciences (BaWiSo 2019). The amended study plan will apply to all students admitted to BaWiso 2019 as of October 01, 2021 and brings changes to the IBW international experience.
In the amended study plan, only one mobility is required to fulfill the IBW international experience. This mobility must take place outside of Austria and outside of the student's respective home country (citizenship).
What happens if I have already completed an exchange semester / a short program or ISP abroad / an internship abroad?
Mobilities for which the experience abroad has already been confirmed will still count after the reform and do not need to be reapplied for. If the mobility completed already meets the requirements of the new curriculum, the experience abroad is considered to be fulfilled.
Will the international experience be entered automatically?
For students who complete a mobility from the winter semester 2021/22 onwards, the confirmation of the IBW international experience will be made by the International Office automatically.
All students who have completed a mobility up to and including the summer semester 2021 contact Study Regulations & Credit Transfer (email@example.com) for confirmation of the IBW international experience.
FAQs for students enrolled in BaWiSo 2023
What's behind the module "International Experience"?
The "International Experience" is a peculiarity of the major IBW. It comprises 20 ECTS credits and enables a simple credit transfer process for achievements gained in the context of an exchange program. The "International Experience" is considered completed once 20 ECTS credits have been recognized.
Which exchange programs can be accepted?
The "International Experience" is not offered at WU Vienna, but can only be recognized. Credit transfer is possible in the context of an exchange semester, an internship abroad, an International Short Program or by attending (online) courses of WU's international networks (such as ENGAGE.EU).
What can I expect from WU's online offerings?
In the spirit of Internationalization at Home, you can earn ECTS credits as a student through online exchange programs. WU is part of the ECOL initiative and a member of ENGAGE.EU, an alliance of leading European universities. Attending an online course allows you to gain learning experience in an international setting and strengthen intercultural competences. In addition to online courses, the ENAGE.EU offers other formats within which you can gain experience.
Can I use ECTS credits from multiple exchange programs for the "International Experience"?
Yes, it is possible to combine ECTS credits from different exchange programs (e.g. 12 ECTS credits through an internship abroad + 8 ECTS credits through an International Short Program).
What do I have to pay attention to?
It is important that the experience abroad is academically related to economics and/or business and that it is completed outside of Austria and outside of the student's home country. Exceptions are courses within the framework of the mentioned online offers.
Further information can be found on the following websites: