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Vienna Exchange Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Vienna, Austria




-Good academic and disciplinary standing

-Minimum 2.75 GPA

-Tippie Core Coursework must be completed, junior standing

-Elementary German is recommended

Application Due:

10/1 for Spring
3/1 for Fall/Academic Year

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

UI Tippie College of Business students are able to take advantage of exceptional instruction in the field of business and commerce at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien—WU). The WU offers a wide range of courses in English to students with little or no knowledge of German.

Alternatively, for those with a command of the German language, WU offers more than 2,000 courses—exchange students are free to choose from almost all courses available and put together their individual timetable. This exchange program is only suitable for business students (admitted into the college). It may be available on a case-by-case basis for those pursuing a Certificate in International Business. However, pre-approval is required.

For the most recent WU facts and figures, please refer to the following PDF: WU Fact Sheet 2017-18PDF

Academic Program

Students can choose from a wide variety of highly practical undergraduate courses in business with a special focus on international content. Fields covered include:

• Marketing and Management
• Regional and Business Environment Policy
• European and Eastern European Studies
• Finance, Investment, and Accounting
• Economic Policy and Trade Management
• Business Skills
• Human Resources and Organizational Behavior

Courses in English

In addition to courses in German, the WU offers about 70 Courses in English for exchange students with little or no knowledge of German. Please follow this link for a list of courses in English.

Cultural Activities

During your first weeks at the WU, you will participate in the Orientation and Cultural Program (OK Program) and take an intensive German language class. These two programs are required for all University of Iowa students participating in this program and is a condition of your participation. During the regular term, you’ll be matched with an Austrian student who is part of the Buddy Network of the Student’s Association to provide help and support. You can also apply to be matched with a German speaker to practice your German. The Student’s Association plans trips and events throughout the semester. And, of course, the city of Vienna is renowned for its cultural importance in the areas of music, dance, and literature.

Program Dates

Fall Semester: beginning of October - end of January (most courses in English end before Christmas break, though this is not guaranteed).

Spring Semester: beginning of March - end of June

For More Information

Kerby Boschee, Senior Study Abroad Advisor & Program Coordinator
The University of Iowa
Study Abroad | International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242-1802

Phone: 319-335-0353
Fax: 319-335-0343

Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU)

• A CEE Competence Center with a strong international focus (more than 175 student exchange agreements with partner institutions worldwide).
• The Austrian business and economics university with the strongest business community support.
• One of the oldest business schools in Europe, established in 1898, with a tradition of high-quality research and training.
• Consistently ranked among the top two (of 120 universities in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria) in international business education.
• Famous for the special assistance of international students through the Buddy Network.
• Proud to have academic advisors who act as tutors and who support exchange students in selecting appropriate classes and give advice on matters of academic nature.
• Located in Vienna which is one of the most beautiful and safest cities in Central Europe.

The Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Wien—WU) is the largest business school in the European Union. It offers top-notch curricula in the fields of business administration, commerce, economics, information systems, and business education. For additional information about student exchange at WU, please click the following pdf: Student Exchange at WUPDF


The WU is located in Vienna, the capital of Austria and one of the most beautiful and safest cities in Europe. Once the capital of the vast Austro-Hungarian Empire, the city traditionally stood at the crossroads between East and West and it has regained its traditional significance due to recent developments. The city is rich in tradition and highly varied cultural influences make themselves felt in the splendid art, music, food, drink, and other pleasures it offers. At the same time, it is a modern city with an excellent infrastructure and an attractive political and business center hosting many international organizations such as the United Nations, OECD, and many more.

Culture & Art

There is much to see: from Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the Imperial Palace to the Art Nouveau splendor of the Secession, from the magnificent baroque palace Schönbrunn to the Museum of Fine Arts to modern architecture at the MuseumsQuartier.


During the past few years numerous new restaurants and trendy meeting places have been established. The different scenes have "conquered" entire city neighborhoods and revived others. Whether it is in the bourgeois inner districts or the more suburban outer districts, you can enjoy numerous open-air venues all over the city.


Other parts of Austria also have a great deal to offer, the most prominent example being the Alps, which have some of the best skiing, snowboarding, and hiking in the world, as well as thermal springs to relax after a hard day in the mountains. Moreover, Vienna’s location makes it a perfect starting point for trips to London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Prague, Budapest, Cracow, Salzburg, and many more. These locations are just a 1-2 hour flight away, and are easy to reach at a reasonable cost with many budget airlines to choose from.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements

Most students live in housing arranged by the Austrian Exchange Service (OEAD), which reserves a quota of rooms for incoming exchange students until mid-November. Alternatively, you may live in private accommodation. See the WU housing webpage for more details.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements with advice from Study Abroad.

Local Transportation

Vienna has a very convenient public transportation system. The WU recommends that students buy a "Student Semester Card" for the public transporation system (Semesterticket), which is available for students under the age of 26. This pass is valid for one semester (from October to January and from March to June) and is available at the price of EUR 150 at the ticket offices at any major subway station. To apply for the student semester card you need to show proof of your enrollment and your student ID. By way of exception, you can buy the student semester card at the subway station Praterstern near WU (subway lines U1 and U2) showing only your letter of acceptance if you arrive during the weekend or before the enrollment at WU. Please keep in mind that this is only possible at the ticket office at Praterstern and only if you arrive very early or during the weekend. Monthly tickets are also available at a reduced student rate. There are also weekly tickets, but those tickets have no reduced student rate.


Good academic and disciplinary standing, minimum 2.75 GPA, Tippie College of Business admitted student, junior standing, Tippie core coursework towards a business major must be complete. Elementary German is recommended but not required.


Students are billed UI tuition and mandatory fees, plus a study abroad administrative fee (currently $400) and a Regents mandated health insurance policy (CISI), priced at $1.31 per day based on the duration of your program. These charges appear on the U-bill. Students are responsible for transportation and living expenses in Austria. For a total estimated cost of attendance, please review the PDF Spring 2018 Cost Sheet.

How to Apply

Meet with the study abroad advisor for Austria to determine if this program is right for you and for an application.

Application Deadline

March 15 for the fall or academic year; October 1 for the spring semester.

Meeting with the Program Coordinator for this program is required before you apply.

Approved applicants click here to apply

After the application cycle has finished, students will receive an email, an acceptance letter, and more information about accepting their place in the Vienna Business Exchange study abroad program, as well as information on applying for visas and purchasing plane tickets.

Acceptance Packet

The following items should be READ and kept for your records:

PDFPayment and Withdrawal Policy

PDFUI Financial Aid Information

Health Insurance Information

Visa Information

Please make an appointment with your Study Abroad advisor to discuss visa procedures.


WU Buddy Network

WU Program Information

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343