FAQs Academic Program
What programs are offered as part of the ISU WU?
The ISUWU offers programs both on Undergraduate and Graduate levels. All courses can be found on the Academic Program page.
How do I select a course?
First, you need to check whether you are eligible for the Undergraduate or the Graduate Program. In July students can choose from two sets of undergraduate-courses and two sets of graduate-courses per week. You will be asked to rank the offered courses according to your preferences when filling in the online application form.
In August, there is one set of undergraduate-level courses and one set of graduate-level courses. It is important that you read the course descriptions very carefully and make sure that you fulfill the prerequisites for the courses you sign up for.
Can I switch courses?
Undergraduate and Graduate students who have not been assigned their first course preference may contact the summer program's management after their nomination to inquire about a vacancy in another course. However, after submitting your application form and after WU's admission decision switching courses is an absolute exception.
What workload can I expect at the ISU WU?
The ISUWU is an intensive, three-week program. In addition to in-class workload, students can expect to work an average of 10-15 hours on course-related activities outside of class per week. You can find further details in the individual course outlines.
Do I have to take exams at the ISU WU?
In order to successfully complete the course you are required to take any exam that is part of the grading scheme for your course. Please check the course outline of your respective course to see the type of assessment that is used; not all courses will have exams. Students can solely receive a certificate if all the required assignments are successfully completed.
How will I be graded during the course?
All courses will be graded according to the WU grading scale:
1 = excellent
2 = good
3 = satisfactory
4 = sufficient
5 = fail
How many credits will I get for participation in the ISU WU?
Students participating in the Undergraduate Program will receive a total of 8 ECTS credits (4 ECTS credits for each of the 2 intensive courses). Students participating in the Graduate Program will receive a total of 9 ECTS credits for the three-week program (3 ECTS credits for each of the courses).
How do I transfer the credits earned at the ISU WU to my home university?
Please ask at your home institution about the transfer possibilities, it is not up to WU to decide how many credits you will recieve for an ISUWU course or whether you can transfer the credits to your home university.
Do I need to do any reading or course-related work before the start of the summer program?
Since the workload of the program is intense, students are required to do some preparation work prior to the start of the program. Pre-course assignments for the different classes will be sent to the students at the beginning of June at the latest.
Do I need to buy any books?
During the course all necessary course literature will be distributed to the students or will be made available at the WU library. The costs of the course materials are included in the program fee. Please note that literature or textbooks required for pre-course reading or a pre-course assignment is not included in the program fee. Unless otherwise stated, it is the student's responsibility to obtain these materials.
Will I get a certificate?
All students who have successfully participated in the academic program will receive a certificate confirming the grades earned on the last day of the program. Please note that students who miss classes without medical confirmation justifying their absence and students who fail a course will not receive a certificate at all.
Can I combine participation in the ISU WU with traveling in Austria and Europe?
The ISUWU is first and foremost an academic program that gives our international students from all over the world the opportunity to study in an international environment over the summer. Participants are expected to attend and be well prepared for all classes in the program. Classes are held Monday through Friday. No classes will be scheduled on weekends, so students may travel on weekends. However, they might also be required to do course-related work on days without classes.