This page provides practical information to assist you if you are planning or preparing to spend a semester or year at WU as an exchange student.
To become an exchange student, you need to be nominated for an exchange semester by one of our 240 partner universities.
Please be sure to carefully read the Exchange Students’ Guide and the following paragraphs.
How do I become a WU exchange student?
To become a WU exchange student, you need to be nominated by one of our 240 partner universities. If you would like to spend an exchange semester at WU, please apply for exchange at your home university. If your application is successful, your home university will notify us of your nomination. We will then contact you with more information about your exchange stay at WU.
Please note that WU only accepts exchange students who have been nominated by one of our 240 partner universities. If you would like to complete a bachelor, master, or doctoral/PhD program at WU as a degree-seeking student, please contact Admissions.
Depending on the language of instruction (English or German), exchange students are required to have an advanced level of English or German (comparable to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference), to be able to successfully complete courses at WU.
WU does not require official language certificates as we trust our partners to send students who fulfil the aforementioned criteria. However, if students do not meet the language requirements, we reserve us the right to withdraw them from courses.
Where can I find the official academic calendar, semester dates, and important deadlines?
For information on the academic calendar, semester dates, and deadlines, please see Dates & Deadlines webpage.
How can I prepare for my exchange semester at WU?
Once we have been notified of your nomination, your exchange coordinator at WU will send you a welcome email with the most important information you need to prepare for your stay at WU. You will also get an email with information on our Orientation and Cultural Program and pre-semester German language courses, the course registration process, and accommodation in Vienna.
How can I find appropriate housing in Vienna?
Exchange students can apply for a place in a student residence hall provided by the OeAD (Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research), they can look for accommodation online on the Housing Anywhere platform, or seek private accommodation. For more information on housing options, please click here.
Where can I find information on the courses offered at WU?
WU offers a broad and diverse range of courses. Exchange students can choose from over 150 courses in English, our German Business Communication courses, and WU’s catalog of courses taught in German. For more information on the courses available at WU, please click here.
As an exchange student, you can participate in WU’s Orientation and Cultural Program and/or our pre-semester German language courses. The Orientation and Cultural Program and the pre-semester German language courses take place in February and September. They start three weeks before the beginning of the semester. These activities are intended to familiarize exchange students with Austrian culture and life in Vienna. The language courses provide an opportunity for exchange students to learn some basic German or to refresh their German skills. For more information on the Orientation and Cultural Program, please click here.
Where can I get further information?
For detailed information on exchange stays at WU, please have a look at our Exchange Students’ Guide.
The International Office team will be happy to answer any further questions you may have.
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Students with special needs
All students with special needs who would like to spend an exchange semester at WU need to contact the International Office of their home university in order to discuss the necessary arrangements. The coordinator of your home university will then inform WU's International Office.
For Erasmus+ students with special needs, an additional grant is available. Ask the Erasmus+ coordinator of your home university about the application procedure for this grant. Your home university or National Agency will assess your application and will decide on the additional amount you may receive.
The National Agency in your home country can provide you with more information on specific issues that are of concern to you when planning your study period abroad.
In general, your home university has to ensure that the necessary arrangements are made.