Is this the right program for me? Will I be able to master the challenges? These are the questions high school students ask themselves when choosing an academic program. Our new online self-assessment test (OSA) helps potential students answer these concerns.
The OSA was developed in cooperation with bachelor’s students, academic directors, faculty members, and the Study Information team and is intended to give potential students a realistic idea of the contents and organization of our academic programs.
The online self-assessment test asks potential students about their expectations and interests and includes a test of skills and knowledge students will need to study successfully. After the questionnaires have been processed, applicants receive feedback allowing them to compare their own expectations with the standards and requirements of their chosen program. The OSA is mandatory for everyone applying for admission to any of the three bachelor’s programs (Business, Economics and Social Sciences and Business Law, both taught in German, and the English-taught Business and Economics program).
Newly enrolled students are invited to attend our Campus Days. Before starting their first semester, orientation events give new students their first insights into university life. Around 1,000 new bachelor’s students from the Business, Economics and Social Sciences and Business Law programs took part in the Campus Days for the 2018/19 winter semester.
“What do I need to know about studying at WU?” “What types of support are available for students?” “Who can help me if I’m being discriminated against?” These are a few of the questions that were answered at the event by staff members from the Study Information office and the Equal Opportunities Committee.
Studying for classes and preparing for exams is a major part of a student’s job. Learn@WU offers comprehensive online support to help students successfully handle the course materials. First-semester students were given a detailed introduction to the platform, where they learned, for example, that there are Lecturecasts available for download and that exams can be simulated with the help of test questions and sample exams.
A panel discussion with students gave beginners some personal insights into what it means to study at WU. More experienced students talked about their everyday academic life and gave helpful tips on selecting majors and specializations. Guided campus tours and information from the ÖH-WU students’ union rounded off the day’s program.
First-generation students also had the opportunity to attend a special workshop on what it takes to successfully complete a bachelor’s degree program.
BBE Welcome Days
Welcome Days were held in English for the first-semester students in the English-taught Bachelor’s Program in Business and Economics. New students had the opportunity to explore WU and the library during guided campus tours, an information session gave them an initial overview of WU’s services, and a workshop was offered on how to cope with the challenges of studying.
Due to the many international students in this program, we topped off the program with a scavenger hunt throughout Vienna. This fun activity helped familiarize students with the city they’ll be living in for the next few years. At an informal kick-off dinner, students had the chance to network with each other and with the faculty.
Welcome First-Semester Students
As in previous years, WU Rector Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, and the Vice-Rector for Academic Programs and Student Affairs, Edith Littich, welcomed new students to the WU community. A quiz about WU and a vote on the design for a class T-shirt helped students get to know WU in an entertaining, informal way and to overcome any initial shyness.