Zentrum für Auslandsstudien
News and Updates: COVID-19
Due to the current situation surrounding the coronavirus, we are not available in person at the International Office. We are working in home offices and available via email to answer your questions. Please feel free to contact us with your personal concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 to Thursday: 10 am – 4 pm; Friday: 10 am – 2 pm.
March 30, 2020 – April 3, 2020
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!
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.
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 email@example.com 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. We are working in home offices and available via email to answer your questions. Please feel free to contact us with your personal concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 to Thursday: 10 am – 4 pm
Friday: 10 am – 2 pm
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)
Current Situation at WU Vienna
Teaching activities on Campus WU are switching to a distance learning format starting March 11, until further notice. WU staff is working from home and can be reached via e-mail.
Health and safety of our WU community is of utmost importance to us and we therefore continue to closely monitor all developments related to the Coronvirus (Covid-19), which is now also increasingly being observed in Europe. Our aim is to exercise the greatest degree of caution and to pass on all information available.
Health and Safety Instructions for the WU Community (incl. Guests and Visitors)
WU follows the instructions and recommendations of the Austrian authorities and the World Health Organization. On this basis, we ask you to take special note of the following:
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Travel Advice and Instructions
Currently, the majority of countries worldwide has implemented severe travel restrictions. Travelling to other countries is currently not recommended at all and in most cases also not possible.
Make sure WU can get in touch with you easily
Important updates for students will be sent to your WU email address. Make sure that you check your emails regularly. This is not only important for the current COVID-19 situation, but also for courses and other campus activities.
Please make sure that you have entered your emergency contact details in our online form.
Moreover, you are invited to register your cell phone to receive WU text messages.