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European Common Online Learning (ECOL) Initiative

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Would you like to gain international experience without leaving home? Then the ECOL (European Common Online Learning) Initiative might be just right for you!

Together with our partner universities Aalto University, Bocconi University, Copenhagen Business School, Ramon Llull University – ESADE, Erasmus University Rotterdam - RSM Rotterdam School of Management, HEC Paris,and the University of St. Gallen, we are launching ECOL in winter semester 2021/22.

Each institution offers a range of online courses on Bachelor’s level that are open to a limited number of students from all participating universities. You will thus be part of an international classroom, can benefit from international learning opportunities and are able to exchange ideas with students from different countries.

Course offer

In winter semester 2021/22, the participating universities offer the following courses:

UniversityCourse titleECTS
CBS Strategy and Digitalization in International Shipping7,5
CBSWinning in the Digital Age: Applications in Data Analysis with R7,5
CBSConsumer Behavior7,5
AaltoHands-On Analytics on Accounting Information Systems6
AaltoData Analytics for Accounting and Audit6
AaltoManagement Information Systems6
AaltoInternational Business in the Era of Disruptions6
AaltoDerivatives and Fixed Income6
BocconiBusiness Strategy6
BocconiCorporate Finance6
RSMGlobal Virtual Teams5
RSMGoing Viral: Ideas that Spread the World5
RSMFinance for Positive Change5
St. GallenStrategic Foresight4
St. GallenGlobal Water Governance4
St. GallenPoverty Alleviation4
St. GallenManagement in the Digital Economy4
St. GallenInternational Management4
St. GallenDigital Games: Business, Culture & Ethics3
ESADEBehavioral Economics2
ESADEBusiness & Cinema2
ESADEFundaments od Sustainability and Circular Economy in a Holistic Context5

Please note:

  • The course descriptions are being updated regularly and subject to change

  • Semester dates at the partner universities might differ from WU

Credit transfer

At the end of your virtual exchange, you will receive an official transcript of records, which you will need for the credit transfer process at WU.

Courses can be accredited as:

  • Free electives (freie Wahlfächer, BaWiSo)

  • Free electives (BBE)

  • International courses (BaWiSo 12) or international elective (BaWiSo 19), if the course is business/economics related and is worth at least 4 ECTS credits

For all other credit transfers, please contact our colleagues at the Study Service Center (course.abroad@wu.ac.at). When contacting them, include a course description and name the WU study plan item you wish the credits to be transferred to.

If you want to transfer your credits, note that the online course needs to be graded and that a pass/fail is not sufficient!

Special COVID regulations regarding the IBW international experience

For students majoring in International Business Administration (IBW), business-related courses are eligible for the IBW international experience. Please be aware of the following regulations:

  • BaWiSo 19 students graduating before October 1, 2021 and BaWiSo 12 students: credits completed as part of the initiative are eligible for the IBW international experience

  • BaWiSo 19 students graduating after October 1, 2021: if you have completed at least 8 ECTS within an online course initiative, then this counts as a mobility and the IBW international experience is considered completed according to the new BaWiSo 19 curriculum.

Please note that these are special regulations due to COVID-19 and only apply for courses taken within the ENGAGE.EU Online Exchange Initiative, the CBS-HSG-WU Online Course Initiative and ECOL in winter semester 2020/21, summer semester 2021 and winter semester 2021/22.

Application requirements

You can apply for ECOL if you have completed courses worth at least 38 ECTS credits (excluding free electives).

Application process

There will be two application rounds:

  • For courses at Aalto, Bocconi, CBS, St. Gallen and RSM you can apply between May 17 and May 23, 2021.

  • For courses at ESADE you can apply between June 28 and July 1, 2021. (HEC will start offering courses in summer semester 2022.)

Please apply via the form below:

  • Application form - second round, available between June 28 and July 1 (23:59) Vienna time (If you cannot see the application form during the application period, please refresh the page!)

The selection will be based on an evaluation of your overall academic performance (GPA) and your answers on the application form. The selection is NOT based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Accepted students will be informed by the July 5 (for the second application round).

Generally speaking, you can only take a maximum of one course. Students will be selected for the course according to the preferences listed in the application. Selection for a second course will only be possible if slots remain empty after allocation of all applicants. 


For further questions, please contact Anna Rösch (anna.roesch@wu.ac.at, +43-1-31336-4375).

Last update: 02.06.2021. We reserve the right to make changes.