THEMIS represents a network of top universities in the area of business law. It is a certificate program with a focus on business law and international law, organized by the International Legal Network of Excellence.
The program includes three elements: an exchange semester, an internship, and a seminar. After you have successfully completed these three elements, you will receive the program’s Joint Certificate in International and Business Law.
If you would like to spend your THEMIS semester abroad at WU, you need to apply for the program through your home university.
Quick facts about THEMIS, WU & Vienna
Which are the current THEMIS partners?
How can I prepare for my THEMIS semester abroad at WU?
Once WU has been notified of your nomination, you will receive a welcome email with the most important information you need to prepare for your stay at WU. You will also get information on our pre-semester activities, such as the Orientation and Cultural Program and pre-semester German language courses, the course registration process, and accommodation in Vienna.
Which THEMIS courses are offered at WU?
You can find all THEMIS courses on our course website. Please select the course topic Business Law (THEMIS).
Previous and upcoming seminar topics
|2019||Universidade Nova de Lisboa||Competition Law and the Digital Economy|
|2018||Universität St. Gallen||Law and Corruption|
|2017||Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien*||Europe – A Union of the People|
|2016||Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milano||Doing business and social/human rights|
|2015||Freie Universität Berlin||The Role of the ECJ in the European Integration|
|2014||Université Paris Est Créteil - Val de Marne||Financial Crisis|
|2013||Maastricht University||Law and Art|
|2012||ESADE Business School, Barcelona||International Litigation|
|2011||Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milano||International Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution|
|2009/2010||Freie Universität Berlin||European Contract Law and Economic Law|
|2008||Université Paris Est Créteil - Val de Marne||Intellectual Property|
|2007||ESADE Business School, Barcelona||Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions|
* From March 29 - March 31, 2017, Themis Seminar 2017 took place at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) under the title “Europe – A Union of the People”. 58 students from Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Freie Universität Berlin, Maastricht University, ESADE Barcelona, Université Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne and WU participated in the seminar and discussed the European Union's key challenges.
In collaboration with the European Parliament, the students took part in a legislative procedure simulation. In addition, they attended talks by guest speakers from renowned European universities. Prof. Gonzalez (ESADE) gave a presentation on “Brexit – Consequences of National Initiatives” and Prof. Krimmer (Tallinn University of Technology) on “Electoral Reform and Elections to the European Parliament”. Ulrike Lunacek, vice president of the European Parliament, delivered the seminar’s keynote speech. A reception hosted by the international law firm Freshfields provided practical insight as well as the opportunity to network.
Where can I find the official academic calendar, semester dates, and important deadlines?
Incoming THEMIS students study at WU from October until December/January. For information on the academic calendar, semester dates, and deadlines, please see Dates & Deadlines webpage.
How can I find appropriate housing in Vienna?
As an incoming THEMIS student, you can apply for a place in a student residence hall provided by the OeAD (Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research), look for accommodation online on the Housing Anywhere platform, or seek private accommodation. For more information on housing options, please click here.
Health and emergency
For information on your insurance options as well as the Austrian health system, please click here.
How can I find an internship in Austria?
The WU ZBP Career Center supports students and graduates in entering professional life and forms an interface between university and labor market. The ZBP offers an overview of internships and jobs through an online portal. No guarantee for internship allocation can be made. Students must be fluent in German in order to work in Austria. More information on working in Austria is available here: