Applying for E&I
Places for the E&I specialization (E&I SBWL) are both limited and in high demand, so unfortunately not every student who applies will be accepted to the program. We select students who show the best fit for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation specialization since this allows us to guarantee them an optimal study environment.
Students need to apply to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation specialization. Once a student is accepted, our entire course catalog is accessible and there are no further hurdles to clear or prerequisites to meet (except for courses that are prerequisites for more advanced courses).
The general admission requirements from your curriculum are the prerequisites for getting into the E&I specialization (E&I SBWL).
As agreed with the Vice-Rector for Academic Programs and Student Affairs, the E&I specialization program (E&I SBWL) accepts 90 bachelor’s students per semester using a selection process designed with input from WU’s Student’s Union (ÖH). Students are selected based on grade point average (weighted GPA from STEOP and CBK/ BBE: Introductory and Core Courses) and application documents (E&I Skills Fit). Combining these two criteria gives us a well-rounded picture of prospective students, as grades show a commitment to learning and the E&I Skills Fit identifies extra-curricular entrepreneurial interests and skills.
The two criteria are weighted as follows:
If your grade point average at the time of application puts you in the top 1% (Ranking: only grades) of your cohort, you can shorten the application process. Just use the regular online application form (link below) to send us a confirmation and you will automatically be accepted. Please remember to register for the “Access to Specialization in B.A.: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Specialization” course.
If you rank in the top 5% (Ranking: only grades) of your cohort, your GPA accounts for 80%, and the skills and application question account for 20% of your application.
20 spots are reserved for applicants with exceptional entrepreneurial skills who are accepted to the program regardless of GPA.
For all other applicants, GPA and skills and application questions are weighted equally.
You have a passion for entrepreneurship and/or innovation but neither your grades nor your entrepreneurial achievements are competitive yet? This is your chance: Each semester, we accept two students in the SBWL just on the basis of a random draw. We know that sometimes the best entrepreneurs are late-movers or fail to meet our screening criteria. Thus, we want to give them the chance to develop their entrepreneurial potential within our specialization. After all, beyond inspiration, knowledge, and skills, entrepreneurs needs also luck for their success. For being eligible, you just have to register via LPIS (no application and no grades are necessary).
For further information see our online guide for applying to the E&I specialization (E&I SBWL) that tells you everything you need to know.
Not sure if the E&I specialisation (E&I SBWL) is right for you? With the E&I Self-Assessment you can find out whether the our specialisation fits your interests and needs.
Still have questions?
Here you can find your answers:
Student contacts: E&I ambassadors
E&I specialization contact: Richard Olbrecht, M.Sc.
Specialization fair ("SBWL Messe")
Ready to apply for E&I? Proceed to the Online Application Form.
I cannot register for the course “Access to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation specialization”. What is the reason for this? Can you sign me up instead?
No, you must register yourself without exception. If this is not possible, you have either not yet fulfilled the requirements for registering for a specialization or you have already registered for two other specializations. If you are still having trouble registering, the Examinations Office might be able to assist you. Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing why you are unable to register, nor can we, for example, deregister you from another specialization.
Do I get feedback on my application?
Since we receive many applications, we cannot offer individual feedback. However, we try to make the application process as transparent as possible.
I am still missing an exam or a grade from the CBK/BBE Core Courses. Can I still, however, apply for the E&I specialization?
Unfortunately, in this case it is not possible to apply for the E&I specialization We take fairness very seriously, so all our students have to go through the same admission process. You can only apply to our specialization if you are entitled to do so according to the LPIS system. No exceptions will be made.
How often can I apply?
As often as you want. Not being admitted one semester does not negatively affect your chances for the following semester(s). In the meantime, you might improve your profile and increase your chances for a successful application.
How many students apply each semester?
The number varies, but as rule – as is, unfortunately, the case with many other specializations – many more than we can take in.
Are there fixed quotas for admission via grades or application documents?
Good grades, as well as achievements beyond the studies, can serve as persuasive arguments. The weighting of the admission criteria can be found in the “Admission of E&I” section above.
How are the applications evaluated?
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation specialization team reviews your complete application thoroughly. Since we are a practice-oriented specialization, we take entrepreneurial skills and experience into account as well as your GPA.
Do I have to attend E&I Welcome Day? What happens if I can’t come because I am sick, for example?
The E&I Welcome Day is held at the beginning of the semester (one full day) and attendance is mandatory with no exceptions. The Welcome Day is important because students learn essential information about the E&I specialization and get to know other students and the E&I team. If you are unable to attend at short notice for a serious reason beyond your control (e.g. sudden illness, accident), you can turn in a make-up assignment (such as a comprehensive seminar paper). Students who do not submit an acceptable compensation assignment forfeit their spot in the specialization and will not be offered a substitute spot elsewhere.
I would like to apply for the E&I specialization in the winter semester and go abroad in the following summer semester. The semester abroad starts earlier (e.g. January). Can I still apply for the E&I specialization and start in the winter semester?
Generally yes, but please note that if you take course 1 or 2 (Core Lectures) in the first (winter) semester, you have to apply for an examination attempt in the following semester. (Any points awarded for group work and special assignments will count towards this exam.) The first summer semester examination date is at the end of June/beginning of July, the second after the summer break (September). If you also want to take some of the practice-oriented courses 4 and 5 in the (winter) semester, please come talk to us about it in person on Welcome Day. The best approach is to talk to the instructor of the course you plan to take about your situation and come up with an individual solution. One more administrative note: If no E&I performance components are recorded for you or are recorded late after the winter semester, WU could automatically drop you from the specialization. Please let us know if this happens and we will re-register you manually.
Can I do a semester abroad in the first semester of the E&I specialization?
No, you cannot go abroad in the first semester of the E&I specialization. You can, of course, plan a semester abroad after you have successfully completed the introductory semester, preferably focusing on E&I-related courses so you can transfer the credits you earn. We try to be as flexible as possible because we encourage our students to gather international experience.
It would, however, be very unfair to students who were not accepted into the specialization if E&I students were allowed to study abroad in their first semester. They would essentially be occupying a spot without actually taking advantage of it and blocking someone else’s admission. To prevent this from happening, we reserve the right to drop you from the E&I specialization retrospectively. Additionally, this kind of unfair behavior towards fellow students will not count as a point in your favor if you choose to reapply to the specialization at a later date.