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  • Locations: Vienna, Austria
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: W&M applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor:
Debi DeBacco (
Program Type:
WM Exchange
Language of Instruction:
English, German, Optional: 2 week Language & Culture program is highly recommended
Language Requirements:
GPA Requirement:
Host Institution:
Vienna University of Economics & Business
Service Component:
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Housing Options:
Apartment (shared), Apartment (Single), Foreign Student Dorm
Program Description:

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Terms | Application Deadlines | Course Information | Program Fees | Housing and Meals | Eligibility

This competitive exchange is open only to W&M students admitted to the Mason School of Business.

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU) or Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna, Austria has over 23,000 undergraduate students from Austria and abroad, and is the largest, and among the highest ranked, business educational institution in Europe. The university strives to accommodate those who do not have prior German language skills, but still wish to study business in an international setting. The WU campus has an array of facilities, including several libraries, restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, bookstores, and an athletic center.

WU is located in the heart of Vienna, a city that celebrates both its historical significance and its modernity. The Historic Center, Schonbrunn Palace, the State Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Imperial Palace and Vienna Zoo are all popular attractions. Students can easily navigate the city by bus, tram or underground (subway) system, and travel throughout Europe via the European Rail Network (EuroRail). The Wein Westbahnhof (Vienna West Rail Station) is easily accessible with trains connecting to Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and more. The City Airport Train (CAT) connects the city to Vienna International Airport.

Fall Semester (September—December)
Spring Semester (February—early July)
Academic Year (September—early July) 

Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: March 15 
Spring Semester: October 2 
Academic year: March 15 

After nomination by W&M, students must complete an online pre-enrollment application by November 15 (spring) and May 15 (fall). 

Course Information:
There is no language requirement for this program; however, an optional two-week intensive Pre-Semester German Language Course and Orientation & Cultural Program are highly recommended. There is an additional cost for both the language course and cultural orientation and neither are credit bearing. Both fill up quickly, so interested students should apply for these programs by November 15 (spring) and May 15 (fall). The cultural orientation program includes sightseeing, field trips, and presentations that help students adapt to Austrian life. The German Language course is designed to give students basic German which will be useful in daily life. 
Courses are offered in English and German. Approximately 150 courses are taught in English each semester. Information on available courses can be found here. Students register for classes a month before the start of the program and can make changes to their schedule once in Vienna.

4 ECTS = 2 W&M credits
5 ECTS = 3 W&M credtis
8 ECTS = 4 W&M credits

Courses must be pre- or post-approved. Grades will not appear on transcripts or be included in GPA calculations.

Program Fees:
The tuition exchange agreement between the College of William & Mary and WU Wien allows W&M students to pay their regular tuition and fees to W&M while taking classes at WU Wien. Students will pay for housing, meals, and other fees on site in Vienna.

A $375 application fee is required at time of application.  This must be paid at the Cashier's Office in Blow Hall.  International medical/evacuation insurance is required for all students who study abroad and a fee of $170 is applied to the students account prior to the start of the program. Students are responsible for airfare and visa costs.  

Other fees include WU student union dues, which are approximately €19 per semester, and mandatory WU insurance, which is approximately €55 per semester. If students wish to enroll in the optional cultural orientation and intensive German language course, there will be additional fees prior to arrival.

Students participating in semester long study abroad programs must have a visa and/or required entry documents. Please familiarize yourself with the requirements prior to applying and begin the application process immediately after you are nominated for the program. As a reminder, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the program.

Housing and Meals:
Room is paid on site in Vienna. W&M students should apply and pay a deposit for the OeAD student residence hall (international student accommodation) by November 15 (spring) and May 15 (fall). Alternatively, students may seek private accommodations through the recommended list provided by WU. More information on housing can be found here. There are no meal plans. Students either cook or provide meals for themselves.

Housing leases for the fall semester are four months long, September to December. When students register for  the optional  German language and Orientation and Culture Program they will be able to move right into their accommodation and not pay extra for housing during that two week period. 

W&M student in good standing; minimum 3.0 GPA; admitted to the W&M Mason School of Business
For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Steps to Study Abroad on our website.?


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/15/2017 TBA TBA
NOTE: 1. Applications are first reviewed by the Reves Center, and students nominated for the program are notified. Application materials are then sent to the school abroad (and the school abroad often requests additional materials at this time). When the school abroad completes their application review, students are then notified of the final acceptance decision. This timeline varies greatly from school to school. In rare cases a student nominated by the Reves Center will not be selected by the school abroad to attend their university; the Reves Center would then explore further options for the student. 2. Any start and end dates listed are to serve as a guide for general planning, but specific dates are subject to change and may not include mandatory orientation programs or exams.