Your semester at WU from start to finish
- Congratulations, you have been nominated! What is next?
- Things to do before your arrival
- Arriving and getting settled in Vienna
- Your first weeks at WU
- Your successful semester at WU
- Recommended cultural activities
- Vienna State Opera
- Things to do before you leave
Congratulations, you have been nominated! What is next?
Your home university has to nominate you for an exchange semester at WU. After you’ve been nominated, you will receive your nomination letter from your home university, as well as a welcome email from the Incoming Team at WU to inform you about the next steps. For an exchange in the winter semester, you should receive the welcome email in the first week of May; for the summer semester, it will be sent in the first week of November.
You do not have to take any action yourself before you receive the welcome email.
The welcome email includes the following information:
how to complete the online pre-enrollment,
how to sign up for optional acitivities at the start of the semester and
info on your accommodation.
WU does not have on-campus accommodation but there are many accommodation providers in close range. Check out our accommodations section for more information on housing options we recommend.
Inclusion and accessibility
We gladly welcome students with physical, mental, and health-related conditions. WU Vienna offers a barrier-free campus experience and provides services, such as BeAble, Student Counselling, and an Ombuds Office for Students. In Vienna, certain student residence halls also offer wheelchair-accessible and barrier-free facilities. If these housing options are of interest for you, please click here for more information. In case you require assistance or other support services, you should contact the international office of your home university, which will then in turn inform your coordinator at WU. We are happy to assist and organize needed services if necessary!
Things to do before your arrival
Below, you find a short overview of the administrative steps necessary to ensure a smooth start at WU. Please note that the WU Incoming Handbook will provide you with further information about these steps.
Documents (Learning Agreement, Confirmation of Arrival)
WU email address
Visa, residence permit and entry formalities
Find out whether you need health insurance
Green travel to WU
Arriving and getting settled in Vienna
Getting to the city from VIE airport
Getting to the city from Vienna main station
Getting around Vienna and student ticket
Your first weeks at WU
Finding your way around Campus WU
WU Incoming Kickoff
Get connected: international exchange walks
Residence registration for all incoming students
Open a student bank account
Your successful semester at WU
Once you are officially a student of WU and settled in your new environment, nothing stands in the way of a succesful exchange semester. The items below provide you with useful information and inspiration for your stay in Vienna.
If you want to double check how to successfully complete your courses at WU, please refer to the academics website.
You can find three libraries at Campus WU: the Central Library, the Library of Law and the OeNB Library for Social Sciences. The Central Library is open from Monday to Friday 8:00am to 10:00pm, and Saturdays from 8:00am to 8:00pm. The Library of Law and the OeNB Library for Social Sciences are open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
Below you can find a collection of libraries that are open on the weekends.
Austrian National Library (Library at the Heldenplatz)
MAK Reading Room
University Library of the Medical University Vienna
Library at “Architekturzentrum Wien”
Go Global - Your Event to Internationalize Your Studies
Each October, the International Office organizes the Go Global - Your Event to Internationalize Your Studies so WU students can find out more about our partner universities and talk to incoming exchange students and former outgoing students. As incoming students, you have valuable knowledge about your home university and we would love you to represent your home university at our fair. See below for information on when and how to sign up.
Recommended cultural activities
Vienna is a city full of history, culture, and exciting activities to do. Whether you are a local or a tourist, there is always something new to explore in this vibrant city. At WU Vienna, we understand the importance of experiencing all that Vienna has to offer, and we have created a bucket list of must-do activities to help you make the most of your time here. From visiting the iconic Schönbrunn Palace to indulging in Viennese coffee culture at a traditional coffee house, our list has something for everyone. So, come and discover Vienna's charm!
Vienna State Opera
To attend a performance at the Vienna State Opera is on your bucket list of things to do during your exchange? Great, because tickets are as affordable as never before for WU students under the age of 27. You only have to register once with your ID and then you can start.
You can find all information at u27.at
Things to do before you leave
Before you leave Vienna, there are a couple of things you need to take care of to ensure a smooth departure. Your coordinator will send you an according email at the end of the semester.