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Your semester at WU from start to finish

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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 which are open to all 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.


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

Administrative steps

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.


WU Library

You can find two libraries at Campus WU: the Central Library and the Library of Law. 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 is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

WU Library

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 for you to represent your home university at our fair. See below for information on when and how to sign up.

Go Global - Your event to internationalize your studies

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!

Bucket List for Vienna
Bucket List for Vienna

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. You will receive an email at the end of the semester which lists all the things you need to do before you leave Vienna.

Documents (Confirmation of Stay)

Deregister your residence in Vienna

Insurance and banking

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