Free Electives in BBE
The curriculum is designed to be flexible and allows you to integrate a wide range of free electives. You have to complete 26 ECTS credits worth of free electives.
What course types may be recognized as free electives?
Free electives may be selected from all courses that require an examination as offered by all recognized universities in Austria or abroad.
Courses can be in any language, the language of instruction does not need to be English.
If you are planning to go on an exchange semester, we strongly recommend that you complete your free electives at one of our partner universities.
What courses (types) cannot be recognized as free electives?
Pass/Fail courses, such as AGs (Arbeitsgemeinschaften), will not be recognized as free electives.
How to register for free elective courses?
You can register for all courses listed in the additional courses list (BBE) in the online course catalog (eVVZ) via LPIS by typing in the course number. Please note to "change term" on the upper left und eVVZ to see the current semester. Please note that pass/fail courses (course type AG) cannot be recognized as free electives.
You can register for all courses listed in the additional courses list (WISO and WIRE) in the online course catalog (eVVZ) via LPIS by typing in the course number. Please note to "change term" on the upper left und eVVZ to see the current semester. Please note that pass/fail courses (course type AG) cannot be recognized as free electives.
Registration for WU bachelor's (LVPs and all other core or elective) courses that are not listed in additional courses (BBE, WISO, WIRE): Please send an e-mail to the lecturers and ask for acceptance to their courses. If they accept you, send an e-mail to email@example.com during the course registration period. Please note: We can only register you for examinations, core or elective courses of another WU bachelor's program if places are available at the end of the course registration period.
How do course recognition and credit transfer work?
Attention: Credit transfer of exams completed before admission must be applied for by the end of the 2nd semester at the latest. This regulation shall come into effect on October 1, 2022. At WU the counting of the 2 semesters will start for all students from winter term 2022/23. Accordingly, you have to apply for credit transfer of exams completed before admission until 30 September 2023. Self-service credit transfers are not affected by this change and will still be possible after September 30, 2023.
The team of Study Regulations & Credit Transfer (advice on recognition issues, notification pickup, individual studies, merit and need-based scholarship grants) will be available to you personally in the Study Service Center on Monday, 09:00 am - 12:00 pm and Wednesday, 14:00 - 17:00. More details available here.
Not all courses will be automatically recognized as free electives. We recommend to carefully consider which courses you want to recognize as free electives. Recognition is possible until your final semester. You may complete your free electives first, go on exchange, intern etc. before you ask for recognition.
For recognition of all successfully completed courses as free electives at WU (for ex. courses from an additional specialization) or as concurrent enrolment at another university in Austria (Mitbelegung - please see below), please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, but only after you gained a minimum of 140 ECTS credits and your grade has been issued/entered in LPIS. If the course is prerequisite for any other courses, exceptions can be made and courses can be recognized as free electives with less than 140 ECTS credits.
For credit transfer of courses taken as free electives as a degree student at WU (e.g. a BAWISO course as a BAWISO student), at another university, abroad at one of our partner universities, courses taken at the Business Language Center, engagement for Volunteering/Mentoring@WU, or ÖH engagement, please find detailed information here.
For the courses listed in the additional courses lists (BBE, BAWISO, BAWIRE): they are automatically assigned as free electives once the grades are entered online. The number of ECTS received is indicated in the electronic course catalogue.
Concurrent enrollment / Co-registration at another university
Concurrent enrollment makes it possible for students who are currently admitted to and registered for a regular degree program at WU to attend individual courses at another Austrian university (not at a private university).
In order to attend individual courses at another Austrian university (not at a private university), you first have to submit an application for concurrent enrollment. You will find here information regarding some of the main Viennese universities:
Please directly contact the university where you would like to study in order to receive precise instructions regarding co-registration. It may differ from one university to another. Some universities require that you send them a confirmation from WU approving your application for a co-registration. Please contact in this case email@example.com.
Once you are concurrently enrolled at another university, you are allowed to attend classes and to take exams. If you pass exams and wish to get them recognized at WU as free electives, please send your transcript of records to firstname.lastname@example.org (valid transcripts of records have to contain an electronic signature or a signature + a stamp).
How many ECTS do I receive for courses recognized as free electives?
Courses that are subject of a bachelor’s program: You can find information on the amount of ECTS credits recognized by clicking on the field “subject of a bachelor’s program” in the respective course syllabus.
Pass/fail courses (AGs, workshop-type courses) cannot be recognized as free electives
Information on credit transfer: What's the difference between credit transfer and course recognition?
Have you already earned credits at another university in Austria or abroad?
Have you already taken courses in another WU bachelor's program as a WISO/WIRE degree student and the courses have not been on the list of additional courses (BBE)?
Did you take a language course at the Business Language Center or did you participate in the Tandem Learning Program?
Did you engage voluntarily via Volunteering@WU?
Do you work at ÖH?
Yes?! - Please find detailed information on credit transfer here. Do not send an e-mail to email@example.com, if the above-mentioned information applies to the courses taken.