WU is a very popular destination for international exchange students. 1,274 students from around the world came to WU in the 2017/18 academic year – 989 for an exchange semester, and the remaining 285 for Summer University programs, the Vienna Innovation ProgramWU, or one of WU’s short programs.
WU’s own students also enjoy the opportunity to learn with and from colleagues from around the globe.
A Popular Choice with Exchange Students
Accreditations and excellent performance in international rankings are indicators of WU’s high quality standards and are the foundation of WU’s excellent reputation worldwide. This good reputation is one of the main reasons incoming exchange students choose WU as their host school. The university’s diverse portfolio of interesting courses is a further motivation to come to WU. Our prime location – Vienna has been rated the city with the highest quality of living in the Mercer survey every year since 2009 – attracts exchange students.
In the 2017/18 academic year, 989 students from 48 different countries chose to come to WU for their semester abroad. With 612 students from 61 countries, the number of incoming exchange students in the 2018/19 winter semester set a new record high.
The 2018 International Summer UniversityWU (ISUWU) program marked the 29th time the program was held at WU. The course portfolio included a diverse spectrum of classes at both bachelor’s and master’s levels. Guest lecturers from our partner universities strengthened the international feel of the ISUWU. The two three-week programs were attended by 149 students from 34 different countries.
As a member of the Global Business School Network (GBSN), WU granted ISUWU scholarships to high-potential students from developing countries for the second time in 2018. Six students from Ghana, Columbia, Egypt, and Pakistan were selected to participate in the program. Selected applicants from CEE countries also received financial aid.
ISUWU 2018 Faculty
Vienna Innovation ProgramWU
The Vienna Innovation ProgramWU was developed three years ago by Christopher Lettl, head of the Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization, and his academic team, Christian Garaus and Nadine Moser. The program’s unqualified success confirms WU’s international reputation as a competence center for innovation.
30 MBA students from 11 different universities in the US, Canada, Australia, and Latin America came to WU in 2018 to participate in the intensive, two-week program and learn about innovation systems and processes and state-of-the-art approaches to innovation management, e.g. open and user innovation. Interactive teaching formats and case studies helped students grasp the comprehensive theoretical knowledge offered in the classes. Projects with corporate partners then gave them the opportunity to apply what they learned in practice.
Eight WU students from the master’s programs in Strategy, Innovation, and Management Control and Supply Chain Management also attended the program.
Short Programs bring groups of students and guest lecturers from our partner universities to WU. While they are here, we organize visits to local companies and organizations as well as cultural activities. The programs give participating WU bachelor’s students the opportunity to experience the characteristic teaching styles of the partner schools.