From High School to a Bachelor’s Program
For many years, we have tried to give as many school-age students as possible an impression of what it is like to study at WU. We invite school classes to visit WU: During guided tours of the campus, they have the opportunity to learn about our academic programs and admission criteria. We send students to schools as WU Ambassadors, where they talk about their degree programs and what it’s like to be a student. In the first quarter of 2020, we reached 3,150 high school students with these programs.
Twice a year, we open our doors to everyone who wants to experience WU in depth – offering an interesting selection of talks and the opportunity to explore the campus, our Open House Days regularly attract over 1,000 people to WU. On March 6, around 1,200 prospective students attended the Open House Day.
Virtual information events
In the spring, we were faced with the challenge of having to either cancel all events for prospective students or create new formats to hold them in. As an institution, WU has always been a pioneer. In this spirit, we began thinking about how to best provide information to our prospective students online.
At online information sessions, students in WU’s bachelor’s programs talked about why they had chosen WU and what they liked about their degree programs.
WU Bachelor’s Day was held online on November 3 and offered attendees a virtual campus tour and plenty of general information about WU and its programs. Talks on the selection and admission procedures, the program portfolio, and career prospects for graduates were accompanied by live chats, where prospective students could get answers to their own individual questions. Over 2,000 people attended to find out more about WU. Individual talks were attended by up to 662 people each.
WU Master’s Day Goes Online
WU Master’s Day is an opportunity for us to introduce our portfolio of seven German-taught and eight English-taught master’s programs. Representatives of each program provide an overview of their program’s main contents and career prospects for graduates, and answer participants’ questions together with current students. 2020’s first Master’s Day was scheduled to be held on April 15. Due to the COVID-19 regulations in effect at that time, it was not possible to hold the event on campus as planned. WU was one of the first Austrian universities to move its information programs for prospective students online, presenting itself once again as a digital pioneer. The success of the event proved us right. Nearly 2,000 prospective students from 54 different countries took advantage of the opportunity to discover WU’s master’s programs.
On November 4, the second online WU Master’s Day was held. The fall event was also a success: Numerous Austrian and international students accepted the invitation to learn more about our program portfolio. The individual presentations were accessed by up to 373 people.