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Vienna University of Economics and Business

Country: Austria

City: Vienna


Type of school: Public Universities


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Founded on October 1st, 1898 as the Imperial Export Academy. The curriculum prepared students mainly for employment in international trade.


The academy soon took on the characteristics of a university and finally became Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in 1975.Between 1981 and 1993, the number of students more than doubled, from 8,000 to over 16,000. In the 1990s, the number stabilized at about 20,000 students.


In 1989, WU became a member of PIM (Partnership in International Management). One year later, WU was one of the first universities to join the CEMS network (Community of European Management Schools and International Companies).


In two steps, one in 1993 and a major one in 2004, WU gained autonomy from the Austrian Ministry for Education, Science and Culture. The university started a major strategic planning process.


Since October 2005, WU has been systematically replacing all its first-degree (Magister) programs with Bachelor's and Master's programs. With this, WU is adopting the three-cycle system promoted by the Bologna process.


In 2007, WU became the first Austrian University to receive the international EQUIS accreditation. EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) is an internationally recognised accreditation system offered by the European Foundation of Management (EFMD).


In 2013, the realization of a new WU campus represents an important step in the university’s development, and a further milestone toward reaching its goal of further improving its top position among European business schools.


WU is not only the largest business and economics university in Europe, but also one of the best.


WU offers its students a large selection of attractive degree programs, efficient organization and administration, and a wide range of specialization areas and research opportunities. WU and its degree programs place consistently among the world's best in prestigious international rankings.
But that's not all: WU's most important quality reference is without a doubt the EQUIS accreditation it has held since 2007. This seal of quality, granted to only about 130 universities worldwide, is your guarantee that WU is the right choice for you.


With about 23,000 students from Austria and abroad, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) is the EU's largest educational institution for business and economics, business law, and social sciences.


WU's success in numbers


Studying at WU is an attractive choice for many students. WU's close ties to the corporate world and the resulting excellent job prospects, along with the wide range of programs available and the positive experiences of its graduates, all contribute to a success reflected in the following statistics:


  • Over 4,300 first year students per year
  • About 3,200 graduates annually
  • Around 75 doctoral degrees awarded per year


The Strategic Development Plan describes WU's strategic orientation, i.e. the most important guidelines for realizing WU's plans for the future. It is based on a number of assumptions made about major developments occurring both in and around WU. WU's external environment is characterized by the ever-growing influences of the internationalization and globalization of education, the importance of life-long learning, and the increased mobility of students and faculty. 


In winter semester 2006/2007, WU adapted to the post-Bologna study architecture of bachelor, master and doctoral/PhD programs. All of WU's degree programs are designed as full-time study programs. If you choose to study part time at WU, you will need considerably longer to complete your degree, because due to budgetary restrictions, only a limited number of (evening) courses are available for working students. Austria's universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) offer a larger selection of part-time programs for working students.


Bachelor Programs


Both bachelor programs at WU require six semesters to complete and consist of a total of 180 ECTS credits. The introductory phase is the same for both programs and lasts two semesters.


Master Programs


In the coming years, WU will be introducing a number of different master degree programs. Master programs build upon bachelor programs, i.e. the prerequisite for admission to a master program is the successful completion of a bachelor or diploma program in a relevant discipline. Graduates of a master program are in turn entitled to pursue a doctoral or PhD program.


WU's master degree programs are usually four semesters long (120 ECTS credits), except for the program in Business Education, which takes five semesters (150 ECTS credits).


German-Language Master Programs


English-Language Master Programs


Doctoral / PhD Programs

To enroll in a doctoral or PhD program, students must have completed a master or diploma degree program. The doctoral and PhD programs are intended to further develop independent research skills and to train and promote young scientists. Before completion of the doctoral program, students must write a research report in the form of a doctoral thesis.

Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria, and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of about 1.8 million[ (2.6 million within the metropolitan area, nearly one third of Austria's population), and its cultural, economic, and political centre. It is the 6th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union. Until the beginning of the 20th century it was the largest German-speaking city in the world, and before the splitting of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I the city had 2 million inhabitants. Today it is the second only to Berlin in German speakers. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. The city lies in the east of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. These regions work together in a European Centrope border region. Along with nearby Bratislava, Vienna forms a metropolitan region with 3 million inhabitants. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Apart from being regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be "The City of Dreams" because it was home to the world's first psycho-analyst – Sigmund Freud. The city's roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is well known for having played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, and the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.


In a 2005 study of 127 world cities, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked the city first (in a tie with Vancouver, Canada) for the world's most livable cities (in the 2012 survey of 140 cities Vienna was ranked number two, behind Melbourne). For seven consecutive years (2009–2015), the human-resource-consulting firm Mercer ranked Vienna first in its annual "Quality of Living" survey of hundreds of cities around the world, a title the city still holds in 2015. Monocle's 2015 "Quality of Life Survey" ranked Vienna second on a list of the top 25 cities in the world "to make a base within"


The city was ranked 1st globally for its culture of innovation in 2007 and 2008, and fifth globally (out of 256 cities) in the 2011 Innovation Cities Index, which analyzed 162 indicators in covering three areas: culture, infrastructure, and markets. Vienna regularly hosts urban planning conferences and is often used as a case study by urban planners. Between 2005 and 2010, Vienna was the world's number-one destination for international congresses and conventions. It attracts over 3,7 million tourists a year.


More informations about admissions:

WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)

Vienna University of Economics and Business


Welthandelsplatz 1

1020 Vienna, Austria

phone: +43 1 313 36-0

fax: +43 1 313 36-740



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