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News and Updates: COVID-19

Due to the current situation surrounding the coronavirus, we are not available in person at the International Office. Please feel free to contact us with your personal concerns at wuio@wu.ac.at. Please check out our FAQ section in which we have already answered the most common questions. For general questions, 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

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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

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Documents can only be picked up upon appointment.

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.).

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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)

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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 

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

Due to the current situation surrounding the coronavirus, we are not available in person at the International Office. Please feel free to contact us with your personal concerns at wuio@wu.ac.at. Please check out our FAQ section in which we have already answered the most common questions. For general questions, 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

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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

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Documents can only be picked up upon appointment.

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.

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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