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News and Updates: COVID-19

October 12 - October 16, 2020

Current COVID-19 situation in Austria and Vienna: see metropole.at

Outgoing students winter semester 2020/21:

  • In many countries across the EU/EEA and the UK, an increase of COVID-19 cases is being observed. If you decide to return early from your semester abroad, we recommend to pursue and complete your courses online. Since you have proactively decided against our recommendation to defer your exchange, a reapplication for a semester abroad is unfortunately not possible.


October 5 – October 9, 2020

Current COVID-19 situation in Austria and Vienna: see metropole.at

Situation on Campus WU:

  • We would like to remind you again to adhere to all necessary precaution and safety measures, such as washing and disinfecting your hands, wearing a facemask and keeping a minimum distance to others. In this context, we want to emphasis that we practice physical distancing, not social distancing. If you need someone to talk, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Reminder: Please refer to the website of WU’s initiative “Learn Safely. Teach Safely” if you want to inform yourself in detail about the current situation and measures on Campus WU.

  • To ensure a safe learning environment, please familiarize yourself with color labels of marked seats. Do not re-arrange seats or remove labels! When entering and leaving buildings or service units, make use of one-way traffic routes / separate entrances and marked exits.


September 28 - October 2, 2020

Current situation in Austria: see metropole.at

Please familiarize yourself with the various WU tools to ensure a smooth semester start.

Make sure to check LEARN regularly to stay up-to-date regarding your classes. Activate your Microsoft Teams and your Zoom account, as these are the main web conference tools used by course instructors. If you are not on campus, setting up a VPN connection will be helpful.

Please use your WU email account for all communication with course instructors, fellow students and service units.

September 21 – September 25, 2020

Current situation (see metropole.at):

  • Due to an increase in cases, Austria announced travel warnings for several countries and regions. At the same time, the Austrian government lifted travel warnings for Sweden and parts of Portugal since the overall situation improved in these countries. Note that regional travel warnings for Portugal, specifically for Lisbon and Norte, remain intact. Please inform yourself whether your plans are affected by recent travel warnings. 

  • As of Monday, September 28, the city of Vienna requires guests of restaurants and bars to submit contact information. In doing so, the city improves its COVID-19 contact tracing.

  • Please familiarize yourself with the latest measures against the spread of the COVID-19 virus (see metropole.at – September 23, 2020).


Situation at WU Vienna:

In order to inform its students about measures and the situation on campus, WU has started the initiative “Learn Safely. Teach Safely” and launched a website, on which updates will be posted regularly.  

Click the links below to get further information:

September 14 – September 18, 2020

Incoming exchange students in the winter semester 2020/21:

COVID-19 situation in Austria and Vienna:

  • As of Monday, September 21, new measures against the spread of the COIVD-19 virus will be in place (see metropole.at - September 18 & 17, 2020).

  • Currently, some European states have classified Vienna and partly all of Austria as a high-risk country. As can be taken from media, the number of infections is unfortunately increasing. Nevertheless, campus WU remains open and your courses will be held according to the definition ‘Alternative procedure for the course in case of limited activity on campus’ in the online course catalog […]. WU is monitoring the situation closely and taking numerous measures to ensure the best possible protection for everyone. Further information regarding our safety concept will be published next week”.


Appointments and availability

  • In order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we try to reduce our contacts to the minimum necessary. If possible, get in contact with us via phone or email. Should you need a personal consultation, we kindly ask you to make an appointment in advance. Our coordinators and our front office team are happy to schedule a Microsoft Teams video call or meet with you in person. Please refrain from coming to our office without an appointment since our coordinators occasionally work from home!


September 14, 2020

  • Due to an increasing number of active infections, the federal government has tightened measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

  • As of September 14, the wearing of a facemask covering mouth and nose will be mandatory in WU buildings. Masks are mandatory for employees, external service providers, visitors and students inside WU buildings. The mask can be removed in learning places as well as during meetings under the current safety measures and distance regulations.


September 7 – September 11, 2020

Current Situation in Austria and Vienna:

At the moment, the numbers of active COVID-19 infections is increasing. Therefore, we kindly want to remind you to adhere to all necessary hygiene and safety measures. Starting next monday, September 14, facemask will be mandatory in a number of locations and situations (see metropole.at - September 11, 2020).

Outgoing exchange students:

Winter semester 2020/21 – Erasmus+ grant:

  • Recently, we have updated this FAQ about the Erasmus+ grant. Note that only a physical exchange can be supported financially. Please ask your host university to confirm your physical stay abroad - even if you are only doing a virtual exchange.

  • Should you start your exchange despite a travel warning (level 5 or 6), be informed that the Erasmus+ program does not cover additional costs and/or special costs related to a COVID-19 emergency.

  • Should you return earlier and complete the remaining semester in distance-learning, a portion of the grant already received may be reclaimed, since the amount of the grant is based on days spent in the host country. 


Winter semester 2020/21 and summer semester 2021 – IBW international experience:

  • If you cannot or do not want to take up your studies abroad due to COVID-19, you can complete the bachelor's program Business, Economics and Social Science (major International Business Administration) without proof of experience abroad. Please inform your WU regional coordinator if you decide to opt for this regulation.

  • You can find more information on this topic in our FAQs.


August 31 – September 4, 2020

On September 4, the federal government of Austria presented the “Corona-Ampel” (corona traffic light system). The monitoring system works with four colors ranging from green (low risk) to red (very high risk). The system and the respective warnings are re-evaluated once a week. You can find further information on the official “Corona-Ampel” website. At the moment, Vienna is categorized as yellow which means you need to wear a mask in certain places, such as public transportation and supermarkets.

Incoming exchange students winter semester 2020/21:

Participants of the Welcome Days on September 2 and 3: If you have not done so already, please make sure to fill out your emergency contact. Especially with the ongoing pandemic, it is advisable that you share this kind of information with us!

OeAD Housing: the non-profit housing provider OeAD requests that students who want to reside in one of their apartments must sign an instruction on COVID-19 hygiene and security measures. You can find the document here. Please make sure to read it carefully before you move in.

August 24 - August 28, 2020

Outgoing students winter semester 2020/21

If you are about to depart for your exchange semester this fall, keep in mind that due to COVID-19, entry regulations can change quickly.  If you are unsure if you need a negative PCR test or need to self-quarantine after your arrival in your host country, please contact the respective representative authority (consulate, embassy) in Austria and inform yourself.

For European countries, the following page created by the European Union may be helpful:

August 17 – August 21, 2020

Incoming exchange students winter semester 2020/21:

Arriving in Vienna

Depending on where you are arriving from, certain restrictions may apply to you when you enter Austria. You may need to provide a negative PCR test and/or stay at home for 10 days. Please contact the Austrian representative authority in your home country before travelling to Austria to find out which rules apply to you!

To get an overview of the current entry regulations, we recommend the following websites:



Keep in mind that due to COVID-19, entry regulations can change quickly. Make sure to keep yourself updated.   

If you are arriving by plane and need to get tested to avoid a 10 day quarantine, PCR tests are available directly at the airport for a fee of €120. Information about this is available here: www.viennaairport.com/pcrtest. If you have already taken a PCR test before departure, please use this template and let a medical professional sign it for you. When entering Austria, you can present this document at the airport stating that your COVID-19 status is negative. Note that the test needs to be taken within 72 hours before arrival. PCR tests older than that are not valid and you must retake a test at the airport and/or enter quarantine!


If you are entering Austria from a country with an unstable COVID-19 situation, you may have to quarantine at home as a precaution for up to 10 days if you have not been tested within 72 hours before your arrival.

If necessary, prepare for your home quarantine in advance (e.g. food, medication, wi-fi, etc.), since you will not be allowed to leave your accommodation for 10 days. If you need food and/or medication while in quarantine and you cannot ask a buddy for help, you can use food delivery services likeLieferando, Mjam, or Velofood  or contact the service Team Österreich: www.teamoesterreich.at/nachbarschaftshilfe/ (German only).

Please keep us and your home university updated if you have been placed in quarantine!

To inform yourself about the current situation in Austria, please consult this webpage.

August 10 - August 14, 2020

Summer semester 2020 incomings: What happens with my housing contract? Do I get a refund?

  • Update: August 10, 2020

  • The OeAD Housing Office has agreed to accommodate students who had to terminate their contracts early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A cancellation period of one month applies; this means, if you moved out in March and informed the Housing Office of your wish to terminate your contract early, you are liable for rent through the end of April. The rent for May, June, as well as any deposits or pre-payments you may have made will be refunded. If this applies to you, the OeAD Housing Office will contact you directly about your refund. You do not need to contact them yourself.


Incoming and outgoing students:

Joint Study grant for outgoing students:

  • For the winter semester 2020/21, you will receive the first installment of your Joint Study grant after you have arrived at the partner university and send the signed Certificate of Arrival to Ms. Martina Stalitzer, our grant coordinator


To inform yourself about the current situation in Austria, please consult this webpage.

August 3 - August 7, 2020

Current situation in Austria

Since there have been no major developments, please read our previous posts and check out our FAQ pages in the sitemap on the right (on mobile: at the bottom). If you have any questions, you can contact us by mail at wuio@wu.ac.at, give us a call, or drop by in person during our opening hours:

Front office & coordinators' consultation hours

  •         Tuesday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

  •         Wednesday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm – 6 pm

  •         Thursday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm


If you wish to contact us by telephone (+43-​1-​31336-4310), you can do so at these times:

  •         Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9 am – 5 pm

  •         Wednesday 9 am – 6 pm

  •         Friday 9 am – 4 pm


July 27 - July 31, 2020

Please note that this entry was updated with a few corrections on August 6, 2020, at 4:30 pm.

Current situation in Austria

Incoming students winter semester 2020/21
Visa/residence permit regulations:
In the current COVID-situation a visafree entry into Austria is generally not possible for students from outside EU/EEA/Switzerland (“Third Countries”). Please visit the website or contact the local Austria representative authority to obtain information about the visa/residence permit application process. Kindly note that international students are exempt from application restrictions and can therefore apply for student visa or residence permits even if other visa applications are not possible. Please also note the information on pages 40-42 in the Pre-Arrival Guide, which was sent to you in May.

Entry into Austria:
When entering Austria, students from third countries and from European countries/regions with higher risk of COVID-19 infections are required to present a medical certificate proving that a PCR test taken less than 72 hours before arrival was negative, or to self-quarantine for ten days. Kindly note that stricter regulations apply for specific countries with an unstable COVID-19 situation. Since the situation is still highly volatile please note that entry regulations might change on short notice; therefore, inform yourself about specific rules shortly before entering Austria. If you have any difficulties obtaining the relevant information from the local Austria representative authority in the last few days before your departure, please do not hesitate to contact us.

July 20 – July 24, 2020

Incoming exchange students winter semester 2020/21

  • Course catalog: The list of courses for the upcoming winter semester is now available online. To access the syllabi, search for the courses you are interested in using the filter function of the catalog. Course registration for all classes takes place on August 20, 2020 at 2 pm Vienna time via LPIS. Note that some courses will be offered in a distance-learning format. Depending on the COVID-19 situation in mid-September, more courses might be added in this format.

  • The Erasmus Buddy Network is the perfect opportunity for incoming exchange students to get in touch with locals. You will be matched with a buddy who is also a regular WU student and who is motivated to show you around. Applications are open until July 31, 2020.  

  • By participating in the pre-semester German language course, you can learn basic German language skills or you improve your existing knowledge. For more information about this offer, please check out our Pre-Arrival Guide (page 24). Applications are open until July 31, 2020.

    If you like to register for the pre-semester German language course, make sure to use the e-mail address to which the “Welcome E-mail” was sent for creating your WUNIVERSE account.


Current situation in Austria:

As of July 24: Due to the increasing numbers of new COVID-19 infections in Austria, it is mandatory again to wear a facemask in supermarkets, banks and post offices. This regulation includes an obligation to wear masks when visiting a care home or hospital. On public transport and in pharmacies, masks remain obligatory too.

July 13 – July 17, 2020

General information about the current situation in Austria:

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 infections abroad, the Austrian government decided to withdraw landing permission for flights coming from high-risk countries. From July 16 onwards, 18 countries in total are affected by this ban (see metropole.at – July 14, 2020).

Outgoing students winter semester 2020/21 – Online exchange initiatives:

In the upcoming winter semester, you can use credits from online courses to prove your “IBW-Auslandserfahrung”. For this purpose, you can either earn credits in a distance-learning semester at your partner university or you complete single/multiple courses within an online course initiative. Note that the application periods are currently running. For more information, please make sure to read our FAQ section, which we update on a regular basis. Please also note that WU has passed a special regulation for students who cannot take up their studies abroad due to COVID-19.

Outgoing students in the past summer semester 2020 – Erasmus+ and Joint Study Scholarships:

We would like to remind you to hand in all necessary documents for your scholarship if you have not done so already.

July 6 - July 10, 2020

This week, we do not have any major updates for you. Please read our previous posts and check out our FAQ pages. If you do have questions, you can contact us by mail, give us a call, or drop by in person during our opening hours:

Front office & coordinators' consultation hours

  •     Tuesday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

  •     Wednesday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm – 6 pm

  •     Thursday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm


If you wish to contact us by telephone (+43-​1-31336-4310), you can do so at these times:

  •     Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9 am – 5 pm

  •     Wednesday 9 am – 6 pm

  •     Friday 9 am – 4 pm


June 29 - July 3, 2020

Incoming students winter semester 2020/21 – Information on courses:

On July 1, you received an information e-mail from our course coordinator at the International Office. It contains details on courses and registration for the upcoming semester. Please make sure to read it carefully. Also, keep in mind to check our FAQ section, which we update on a regular basis. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us!

Opening hours:

From July 1 to September 30, we have holiday opening hours. You can drop by at our office at the following times:

Front office & coordinators' consultation hours

  • Tuesday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Wednesday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm – 6 pm

  • Thursday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm


If you wish to contact us by telephone (+43-1-31336-4310), you can do so at these times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9 am – 5 pm

  • Wednesday 9 am – 6 pm

  • Friday 9 am – 4 pm


Have a nice semester break!

June 22 – June 26, 2020

Incoming students winter semester 2020/21 – Welcome Mail/Letter of Acceptance:

This week and in the following week, you will receive your Welcome Mail for the winter semester 2020/21. It contains information on the next steps you need to take, so please make sure you read it carefully! Our WU coordinators will send you the Letter of Acceptance personally or send it to your home university, which will then forward the document to you. We are looking forward to meeting you in the upcoming semester – either digitally or in person!

Survey and evaluation of the distance learning format:

This summer semester has been extraordinary in many ways. Almost every student has completed online courses and gained experience with the distance learning format. This is why, we would like to encourage you to participate in this survey and evaluation. With your contribution, you can help WU to adapt better to students’ needs in the future. 

Outgoing students summer semester 2020 – Credit transfer at WU:

After you have completed the credit transfer process, you will obtain a notification of credit transfer from the Study Service Center. You can send a digital copy of this document directly to Ms. Martina Stalitzer who is our grant coordinator at the International Office. This step is necessary if you have received either an Erasmus+ grant or a Joint Study grant. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

June 15 – June 19, 2020

Current situation in Austria: Due to the low number of active COVID-19 cases, rules for the mandatory use of a mouth-nose-protection can be further loosened.

As of June 15:

  • Masks will no longer be mandatory for customers in supermarkets, stores, restaurants, bars or hotels.

  • Risk groups are still advised to wear a protection for mouth and nose, everybody else is asked to proceed with caution and wear masks voluntarily in close spaces with many people.

  • Masks will still be mandatory when riding public transport, at doctor’s offices, hospitals or when using a service that can only be delivered in close proximity (e.g. hairdressers, barbers, taxis, etc.).


June 8 - June 12, 2020

Travel and border openings: By June 16, Austria will lift entry restrictions for a total of 31 countries, which includes almost all EU countries. Neither quarantine nor a negative corona test will be necessary when entering Austria. However, people from Sweden, Great Britain, Spain and Portugal must either present a negative corona virus test or enter a 14-day quarantine. Please make yourself familiar with entry regulations of your country of origin before you return.

Information for incoming students – Winter Semester 2020/21:

Incoming students, who intend to spend their exchange semester at Campus WU, can use the schedule below to plan their stay accordingly.

June 1 – June 5, 2020

International Travel and Border Openings: By June 4, earlier than expected, Austria opened borders to all neighboring countries except Italy. For Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, and Hungary, the same rules as before the pandemic apply. When entering Austria, there are no longer quarantine or testing requirements.

Even if the situation changes for the better, please keep in mind that travel and entry restrictions can be implemented again if there is a sudden increase in COVID-19 cases.

Current situation in Austria: Fortunately, the number of people suffering from COVID-19 continues its downward trend. At the beginning of June, the number of active infections fell under 400. On basis of this development, a gradual reopening of social and cultural life is possible at the moment. For example, the opening hours of restaurants, bars, and coffee houses will be extended to 1 am and the maximum of 4 adults per table will be dropped.Also, events with a larger number of participants will be gradually allowed starting July 1.

From June 15, the mouth and nose protection must only be worn in public transport, health care facilities and services institutions, in which the one-meter distance cannot be maintained.

Outgoing Students Winter Semester 20/21 - Grants and Credit Transfer Information

The International Office organizes two webinars, which are about exchange study grants and credit transfer information. This is relevant for WU students who plan to spend an exchange study period in winter semester 2020/21:

  • June 17, 11:00 am; Joint Study Webinar (Students going on exchange to overseas/non-Erasmus+ partner universities)

  • June 17, 13:00 pm; Erasmus+ Webinar (Students going on exchange to European/Erasmus+ partner universities)


For Erasmus+ and Joint Study, the deadline for grant applications is June 30, 2020. Details have been sent to all outgoing exchange students via e-mail on Friday, June 5, 2020.

May 25 – May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020: UPDATE - Nominated Exchange Students Winter Semester 2020/21

We kindly remind all nominated exchange students (incoming & outgoing) to inform us by May 31, 2020, on how they plan to proceed with their exchange semester in winter semester 2020/21.

Despite the current COVID-19 situation, which had a tremendous impact on international mobility, we remain committed to international cooperation and international learning as one of the main pillars of our strategy. Based on your decision and on how you plan to proceed, we will do our best to support you!

As a nominated exchange student, you have the option

  • To pursue the mobility in winter semester (starting in September 2020), provided the travel situation allows it and on basis of your personal assessment of the risks involved.

  • To defer the exchange to a later semester. This is only possible, if your study program allows it and WU as well as the partner university jointly agree on a deferral. Please note that due to limited capacity, neither WU nor its partner universities might be in a position to offer this option for all nominated winter semester exchange students.

  • To attend distance/online learning offers. For WU's distance learning program, please see the following link: https://short.wu.ac.at/distancelearningprogram.

  • To withdraw from the exchange program.


Please note that if you decide for an exchange on site, it is likely that your selected courses will be a mix of attendance and distance/online learning. Due to health and safety reasons, the number of attending participants for a lecture or a course might be limited. In case of a lockdown scenario, it is also possible that course formats switch from attendance to distance/online learning.

Our FAQ section (incoming & outgoing) provides you with additional information and should support you in taking a decision. Finally, we would like to remind you that WU does not cancel the exchange activities. Being aware of the uncertainties and risks, we do however recommend students to consider alternatives to an exchange semester in winter.

Current situation in Austria: As of May 29, hotels, public swimming pools, zoos and other recreational facilities are allowed to reopen, including cinemas and fitness studios.

Austrian Airlines plans to offer direct flights from Vienna to destinations within or close to Europe by June 15, 2020. In the first week of the restart from June 15-21, passengers can presumably reach the following destinations:

  • Amsterdam, Athens, Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubrovnik, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Larnaka, London, Munich, Paris, Prishtina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Varna and Zurich


In the second week between June 22-28, the destinations below will be added

  • Belgrade, Graz, Innsbruck, Kiyv, Kosice, Milan, Nice, Prague, Split and Warsaw


May 18, 2020 - May 22, 2020

Current situation in Austria: Austria is continuing to loosen restrictions through a step-​by-step process:

  • As of May 15, restaurants, zoos, and museums have reopened, with certain restrictions. Make yourself familiar with protective measures and restrictions before visiting any restaurants or other establishments.

  • As of May 18, the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) have resumed their regular timetable within Austria, making regional and long-distance travel within Austria possible.

  • By May 29, accommodation and recreational facilities will follow.

  • By June 15, the border between Austria and Germany will be open. Talks with other neighboring countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia are being held and expected to take effect in mid-June.


Protective measures in public spaces, such as the wearing of masks in shops, public buildings, and on public transport, and keeping a distance of at least one meter between people who do not live in the same household, remain in place. Gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted in public places.

Current situation at WU: Campus WU remains closed apart from limited opening hours for students visiting the Study Service Center, the University Library, the ZBP Career Center, the IT Support Center, and the WU Shop.

Winter semester 2020/21 at WU: WU will offer a limited distance learning program for incoming exchange students who are not able to join us physically in the fall. The preliminary course list for courses on bachelor level is available here and will be continuously updated, including information on courses for master's students. Please check this page regularly for updates.

The full list of distance learning courses, will be available with the regular course catalog for exchange students on July 1.

May 11, 2020 – May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020: Starting next week, we will extend our telephone consultation hours. For general questions and inquiries, you can contact +43-​1-31336-4310 at the following times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9 am – 5 pm

  • Wednesday: 9 am – 6 pm

  • Friday: 9 am – 4 pm 


If you wish to call your WU coordinator personally, you can do so within their telephone consultation hours:

  • Tuesday to Thursday: 9.30 am - 12 noon


Of course, it is possible to arrange a phone consultation outside these hours and upon appointment.

Current Situation in Austria: Through a step-by-step process, Austria is gradually and cautiously reopening. By May 15, gastronomy, zoos, and museums will be able to open. On May 29, accommodation and recreational facilities will follow. The border opening between Austria and Germany is scheduled for June 15 and can take place since numbers of infections lessen in both countries. Talks with other neighboring countries are currently being held.

Current Situation at WU: The Study Service Center, the University Library, the ZBP Career Center, the IT Support Center, and the WU Shop have partly resumed their operations and are now offering limited services for students again. For details and updates, please see the web pages of the respective units. Outside of the indicated opening hours, the buildings on Campus WU remain closed to students until further notice.

Distance learning and examinations: Until the end of September 2020, all course and examinations will take place online. Only in strictly exceptional cases, examinations on campus are possible! Among other things, hygiene regulations and the corresponding requirements make it difficult to hold exams on campus, and additionally, many exchange students are no longer in Vienna.

Winter semester 2020/21 at WU: At the moment, WU is planning courses and their formats for the upcoming winter semester. It is expected that more information will be available by mid-June. Moreover, WU International Office is currently working on a special distance learning program for students from WU partner universities. A first preliminary list will be available on our website on May 20. Additional courses might be added at a later stage depending on our institution’s general decision about course delivery in the upcoming winter semester. Updates will regularly be published on our website https://short.wu.ac.at/faq-distancelearning.

May 4, 2020 – May 8, 2020

Reference to this week’s update: Due to numerous uncertainties and the current situation around COVID-19, WU issued a strong recommendation for nominated incoming and outgoing students not to pursue their exchange on site in the winter semester 2020/21. Wherever possible, we will work with students and partner universities on suitable alternatives. Students who decide to continue pursuing their exchange semester in winter are welcome to do so, but should be aware of all risks involved.

If you have questions, feel free to contact your WU International Office coordinator via email. Personal telephone consultations can be arranged upon appointment. To inform you on a regular basis, we adapted our FAQ pages for incoming and outgoing exchange students. Please check these websites for updates concerning the summer semester 2020 and the winter semester 2020/21.

May 5, 2020

Based on a careful evaluation of the situation and the continuing global uncertainties regarding travel restrictions, visa applications and the associated planning challenges for nominated exchange students, WU strongly recommends (incoming and outgoing) students not to pursue their exchange semester on site in the winter semester 2020/21.

Wherever possible, we will work with students and partner universities on finding suitable alternatives. Students who decide to continue pursuing their exchange semester in winter semester 2020/21 are welcome to do so, but have to be aware of the risks involved. WU outgoing and incoming exchange students as well as partner universities have been notified via e-mail. In case of questions, students are invited to contact their WU International Office coordinator. Please check the FAQ sections for incoming students and outgoing students for regular updates. There, students will find answers to most exchange-related questions they might have.

April 30, 2020

Austria is gradually easing its lockdown restrictions, meaning a re-opening of economic, cultural and educational life, but with conditions. Protection for mouth and nose (e.g. masks) and 1 meter physical distancing will remain part of daily life in Austria for the foreseeable future. Please see https://fm4.orf.at/stories/3001998/ for more details.

WU Vienna: Distance learning at WU Vienna continues to remain in place until the end of the semester. WU is phasing in some limited services (borrowing library books, support center of the IT-​SERVICES) at the beginning of May.

April 20, 2020 – April 24, 2020

April 24, 2020 – ISUWU 2020 for WU Students:

  • The ISUWU Undergraduate Program 2020 is open for WU students

  • The ECTS credits earned at the ISUWU program can be confirmed as part of the IBW international experience, as well as transferred towards the WU curriculum

  • The ISUWU program will be offered in a distance-learning format

  • Prerequisites for participation, course contents as well as credit transfer options can be found at: ISUWU 2020 - for WU Students

  • Registration period: April 27, 2020 - May 15, 2020, 12 noon

  • If you have further questions, feel free to contact: sarina.eckhard-gludovatz@wu.ac.at.


April 22, 2020: To stay up-to-date with the latest developments, we recommend the Instagram account of the Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation. On their IGTV-channel, you will find news about the Corona virus situation in Austria. Content is available in numerous languages: English, Austrian Sign Language, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Czech, Arabic, Turkish, and Farsi.

April 21, 2020 – incoming exchange students: It is possible to cancel your semester ticket with Wiener Linien via email. Here, you can find a short instruction with steps you need to take. Further, it is also possible to cancel your USI sport course until June 30, 2020. You can find more information on this in our FAQ section for incomings.

Worth checking out: Currently, the University Sports Institute Vienna (USI) offers online video workouts. If you like to stay fit at home, you should give it a try! The workouts cover a variety of interests and include sports, such as Yoga, Qigong, and Pilates, just to name a few.

April 14, 2020 – April 17, 2020

We are there for you: The International Office is currently working in home offices and preferably available via email to answer your questions. Feel free to contact us with your concerns at zas@wu.ac.at. For general questions, you can also contact us by phone (+43-​1-​31336-4310) Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm and on Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm.

April 17, 2020 - incoming and outgoing student mobility in the winter semester 2020/21: We will continue to monitor the situation closely and get in contact with you for an update in the beginning of May. Rest assured that we are in close contact with our partner universities worldwide. In this context, we would like to point out that we are currently in no position to guarantee that the exchange programs can take place as planned. Please consider this when making travel arrangements – check the cancellation policy when booking your flight and accommodation. If the situation does not diffuse over the next few months, we will of course discuss possible alternatives with you.

April 15, 2020: The Corona crisis challenges all of us and occasionally the new reality is overwhelming for some of us. Studying in self-isolation and adapting to this unfamiliar situation can be a stressful experience – especially as an exchange student. For this reason, we recommend the webpage of “Psychologische Studierendenberatung”, which offers tips and advise on how to deal with the current crisis. Additionally, we want to share the website Counselling @ home which is a helpful and practical resource as well.

If you are curious about exploring Vienna and need a little distraction, you should have a look at this digital guide. You will find virtual tours of the most renowned museums, theatres, and cultural institutions. It is definitely worth a website visit!        

Reminder: At this point, we would like to highlight the importance of wearing a facemask. Keep in mind that is mandatory to wear a facemask while using the public transportation system or shopping for groceries. Also, keep a minimum distance of at least 1 meter to people who are not part of your household.

April 6, 2020 – April 9, 2020

April 9, 2020: Measures and the current situation in Austria

The Austrian government announced that restrictions will be gradually reduced. Should there be a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, a return to normal public life won’t be possible and measures will be (re)implemented.

The step-by-step plan looks as follows:

  • As of April 6, it is mandatory to wear facemasks while shopping for groceries and in pharmacies

  • As of April 14, it is also mandatory to wear facemasks while using the public transportation system (Information only available in German)

  • By April 14, small stores and building centers will reopen

  • As of May 1, stores, shopping malls, and hairdressers may reopen, but only with a limited amount of people inside

  • By mid-May, restaurants, cafés, and hotels are expected to open again

  • Until the end of June, no public events will be permitted


April 8, 2020 - Information for WU students interested in an exchange semester: Facing the challenges of the current COVID-19 situation, we had to cancel our additional application period in the summer semester. The respective exchange spots are much-needed to cooperate with partner universities in a flexible manner. We ask for your understanding!

April 8, 2020 - Student mobility for outgoing and incoming students in the winter semester 2020/21: We hope that the situation will return back to normal by then; however, we cannot give any guarantees if and how the exchange semester can take place. Given the gravity of this global health crisis, we observe the situation carefully and let you know about relevant updates.

For incoming students: We continue to receive student nominations from our partner universities and the winter semester activities are expected to take place as planned. As travel restrictions and circumstances can change quickly these days, we highly recommend that you keep yourself updated and informed.

For outgoing students: Our coordinators will nominate you at your partner university and you will receive information on documents and the application process. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and contact you with an update in the beginning of May. We will inform students whenever we receive updates from our partner universities. If you have questions or concerns, please get in touch with your regional coordinator. Please keep yourself updated about travel restrictions.

April 8, 2020: We have updated our FAQ section for incoming exchange students. Click here to see what's new for international short programs.

April 7, 2020: Fortunately, we can continue to offer one of our services to interested students. The small group advisory meetings will be held in a webinar format. For dates and details, visit our webpage. Furthermore, we are happy to announce that our workshop in cooperation with the ZBP Career Center will take place in a digital format too. If you want to find out how to write a convincing motivation letter, you can register online by clicking here.

Before you join the workshop, please make sure your equipment works properly. We are looking forward to meeting you online!

March 30, 2020 – April 3, 2020

April 3, 2020: We have updated our FAQ section for outgoing exchange students. Please check our information on Joint Study grants as well as on Erasmus+ grants.

  • Erasmus+ and Joint Study grants: e-learning/distance learning can be counted towards the duration of stay requirement and you may receive your regular Erasmus+/Joint Study grant for taking part in e-learning/distance learning activities at partner universities.


April 3, 2020:  In 2020, the ISUWU undergraduate program will be opened for WU students as an alternative option to the cancelled Joint ISU programs. Please note that the ECTS credits earned at the ISUWU program can also be confirmed as part of the IBW international experience and/or can be transferred towards your curriculum. Click here for the ISUWU program 2020

March 31, 2020: WU decided to keep distance learning in place not only for exchange students who have returned to their home countries, but for all students until the end of June. In doing so, WU has created a solid basis for planning the semester, which is beneficial for faculty members, students, and administrative staff. The overall aim is that all students should be able to complete their courses without losing any credits.

March 30, 2020: The Austrian government announced a new measure against the spread of the coronavirus. From now on, people in Austria are expected to wear facemasks for grocery shopping. Supermarkets will hand these to customers outside the stores. Also, customers are expected to adhere to safety and health regulations and keep a minimum distance of at least 1 meter while standing in line at the checkout. For more information on this subject, visit the website of FM4, one of the Austrian Broadcasting Company's radio stations and a reliable source of information.

Since Covid-19 often comes with an asymptomatic course of disease, mild symptoms, or no symptoms at all, we recommend wearing a facemask in public to minimize the risk of infecting others. Wearing a facemask does not substitute other hygiene measures or precautious behavior. If possible, stay at home, minimize social contacts, and wash your hands regularly. Stay safe and healthy!

March 27

The Austrian government has extended the measures aimed at slowing the spread of the corona virus, Covid-19. These  measures put in place by the Austrian authorities to curb the spread of the coronavirus permit only very limited social contact. Currently, the measures are planned to stay in place until April 13, 2020, but might also be extended to a later date. Information on the current status can be found on the website Corona Virus in Austria and of the City of Vienna.

This also means that Campus WU will remain closed to students until this date. We would like to remind all our international exchange students ("WU Incomings") that courses continue to be held in distance learning formats and can therefore be completed from home.

Please refer to our FAQ sections for more information.

March 16

The recent measures put in place by the Austrian authorities to curb the spread of the coronavirus permit only very limited social contact. Going outside is permitted for three purposes:

1) for work engagements and urgent activities that can’t be delayed or carried out from your own home,

2) to make urgent purchases at supermarkets, pharmacies, etc.,

3) to help other people in urgent need.

Taking a short walk, jogging or biking is still allowed, but only if you do it alone or with the people you share a household.

Please do follow the government's recommendation and only leave your home if it is absolutely necessary! You can stay in contact with your friends via phone, Skype. etc. If you do have to go outside, please keep a safe distance to all other people of at least 1 meter.

If you do not speak German and are struggling to keep up with the latest developments, we recommend listening to one of the Austrian Braodcasting Company's radio stations, called FM4 to stay informed about the developing situation surrounding the coronavirus. They are considered a reliable news source and many of their news segments as well as much of their program is in English. You can listen to their broadcast in the online radiothek and even go back and listen to older news segments of the day (marked in blue), and additional coronavirus-related segments (marked in yellow). They have also written an English summary about the most recent measures put into place, which you can read here.

Please email us at zas@wu.ac.at if you have any more questions about the situation.

March 13, 2020

March 11, 2020

Since we are aware that you have a lot of questions regarding the current situation connected to the coronavirus, we have compiled FAQ pages for your. Please note that the answers listed there may change in accordance with the developing situation and future measures put into place by the Austrian authorities.

March 10, 2020

In compliance with provisions issued by the Austrian authorities, we have to inform you that teaching activities on Campus WU are switching to a distance learning format starting March 11, until further notice as a preventative measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Classes on Campus WU are therefore suspended and will continue to be held online.

We are working closely together with local authorities and are monitoring the situation continuously. We will keep you informed about further developments by email and on this website.

March 10, 2020

Today, the Austrian government gave a press conference on measures to be taken to fight coronavirus.

  • With regard to the coronavirus disease, we would like to inform you that WU Vienna University of Economics and Business is closely monitoring the situation and proactively following healthcare and safety regulations in close coordination with the national authorities.

  • Teaching activities on Campus WU are switching to a distance learning format starting March 11, until further notice. At this stage, it is particularly important to curb the spread of the coronavirus by taking the appropriate preventive measures.

  • The WU community is kindly requested to follow the appropriate health and safety instructions.

  • In this context, we want to highlight and emphasize that internationalization and diversity are core values of WU Vienna. We believe in academic mobility as one of the key drivers for innovation, quality enhancement, and intercultural understanding. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to us that all measures taken are consistent with our principles and core values.

  • Detailed and continuously updated information on the situation in Europe can be found on the website of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.


Keep yourself informed and make use of reliable sources: 

Austrian Federal Ministry for Health (most updated information is available in German; please use e.g. Google for translation into English)

Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research 

World Health Organization 

European Center for Disease Prevention and Control 

Current Situation at WU Vienna

Health and Safety Instructions for the WU Community (incl. Guests and Visitors)

Travel Advice and Instructions

Make sure WU can get in touch with you easily

Contacts for Partner Universities and Exchange Students