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WU mobility grant (exchange semester/year)

If you have been nominated for an exchange place, you have the possibility to apply for a WU mobility grant. You will find all relevant information on this page.

The WU mobility grant is available for the following destinations: Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, North America, Latin America, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Ukraine, Great Britain*.


* Starting in winter semester 2022/23, financial support for an exchange in Great Britain will be provided through the WU mobility grant.

Requirements

You can apply for a WU mobility grant if you fulfill the following requirements:

  • You are a regular, degree-seeking student at WU.

  • You have been nominated for an exchange semester after going through the application procedure for exchange semesters through the International Office (IO).

  • You are nominated for an exchange within one of these regions: Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, North America, Latin America, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Ukraine, Great Britain*.

  • Your exchange stay is at least three months long, but no longer than 12 months.

* Starting in winter semester 2022/23, financial support for an exchange in Great Britain will be provided through the WU mobility grant.

Please note that you can only receive financial aid for a physical stay in the country of your host institution. You may switch from on-site to virtual exchange as long as you are still physically present in the host country.

Students can apply for WU mobility grants once per degree level (bachelor and master levels).

International students can apply for a mobility grant for a stay in their home country, but these applications have the lowest priority in the selection process.

Financial information

WU mobility grants are not full grants. They are intended to cover part of the additional living expenses students incur during a stay abroad. They are also dependent on the budget available. This means that the grant amounts may vary depending on the funds available. Please note that students have no legal entitlement to a WU mobility grant.

For the wintersemester 20/21, you can expect financial support as follows:

Region/countryGrant amount/monthTravel allowance
Africa€200€450
Latin America€200€450
North America€200€300
Asia (excl. Japan)€200€450
Japan€250€450
Australia & New Zealand€200€450
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Russia and Ukraine, Great Britain*€200€200

* Starting in winter semester 2022/23, financial support for an exchange in Great Britain will be provided through the WU mobility grant.

 

First Installment

The first installment of the WU mobility grant is the full grant amount you have been awarded minus €200.

After you have arrived in the host country, you must have the host university sign a confirmation of arrival. You can find the form here. After you have sent the signed confirmation to Martina Stalitzer, we will be able to transfer the first installment of the grant.

Second installment

You will receive the second installment (€200) after you have returned from your stay abroad once you have submitted your exchange report and your notice of course recognition to the IO.

Federal Study Grant

From winter semester 20/21 onwards, you will be able to apply for and receive a WU mobility grant together with federal financial aid for a stay abroad (Beihilfe für ein Auslandsstudium).

Please be aware that beyond this, receiving multiple grants for your exchange semester is not possible!

Academic achievement

Proof of minimum academic achievement is required for students who receive a WU mobility grant. The stay abroad should not hinder the student’s academic progress (“no loss of progress” principle). According to this principle, students should complete courses worth 30 ECTS credits in each semester or, for stays overseas, fulfil the requirements of their host university. As proof of academic achievement, students are required to have credit earned abroad transferred to their WU program.

Apart from these regulations, there is also a minimum requirement students must meet to keep their mobility grant. Students who fail to meet the minimum requirements will have to repay their mobility grant. Students must complete at least 15 ECTS credits during stays of up to five months (30 ECTS credits for stays of more than five months).

If you complete substantial work on a bachelor or master thesis you can also submit a confirmation from your thesis supervisor.

Federal scholarships

Students who receive a federal scholarship (Studienbeihilfe) can continue to collect this financial aid during their WU mobility grant exchange stay abroad if they have full admission to courses and exams in Austria. To receive additional federal financial aid for a stay abroad (Beihilfe für ein Auslandsstudium, BAS) you have to submit an application to the Austrian Study Grant Authority in addition to your application for a WU mobility grant. Federal financial aid for a stay abroad (BAS) is paid out in addition to the regular Federal Study Grant and the WU mobility grant.

To view further information and forms (see Downloads section) provided by the Austrian Study Grant Authority, click here (page in German). The forms SB-AS1 and SB-AS2 are signed by Study Regulations and Credit Transfer (SSC).

How to apply

WU students nominated for an exchange stay at an overseas partner university will receive an invitation to the mandatory Grant & Recognition Session by email to their WU email account. Attendance of the Grant & Recognition Session is mandatory and will be checked. Click here to view the Grant & Recognition Session dates in the current semester. Attendance of the Grant & Recognition Session is also mandatory for students who receive a federal scholarship. At the Grant & Recognition Session, you will get all the information you need for a successful application.

Steps after the mandatory Grant & Recognition Session


Before your exchange

During your stay

After your return

Downloads