About the Program:
WU Vienna University of Economics and Business has always been internationally oriented. Initially founded in 1898 as the Imperial Export Academy of the Habsburg Empire, WU has focused on international management for more than 100 years. The practical relevance of WU's programs, resulting from WU's close cooperation with the business community, makes WU an attractive choice for students and improves graduates' job prospects.
The university maintains an outstanding position as a center of research and teaching and draws an international group of students and faculty. Furthermore, excellent international courses are offered regularly and WU actively supports international mobility through exchange semesters and international internships. These are only a few of the reasons why the Financial Times has ranked WU among Europe's top 50 business schools and among the top 25 for business administration, and why WU has been awarded the prestigious EQUIS accreditation.
Every year, WU Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien welcomes more than 1000 incoming international students from over 200 partner universities worldwide. Internationalization is a main priority, and the university is one of an exclusive group of only 17 members in the prestigious CEMS Program. WU is well known for its expertise in the Central and Eastern European region – currently one of the world's most dynamic regions – and has also established a renowned Competence Center for CEE, which is responsible for making new business contacts and coordinating activities such as the numerous international summer universities held in the CEE region and programs for CEE students and professors. The university is constantly working to strengthen and improve important contacts with universities and companies in Central and Eastern Europe.
The practical relevance of WU's programs, resulting from WU's close cooperation with the business community, makes WU an attractive choice for students and improves graduates' job prospects.
Austria borders both Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The capital city is Vienna on the Danube River. Austria's past as a European power and its cultural environment have generated a broad contribution to various forms of art, most notably among them music. Austria is the birthplace of many famous composers such as Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, and Alban Berg. Vienna has long been an especially important center of musical innovation. Eighteenth and nineteenth century composers were drawn to the city due to the patronage of the Hapsburgs, and made Vienna the European capital of classical music. During the Baroque period, Slavic and Hungarian folk forms influenced Austrian music. The most popular sport in Austria is alpine skiing and similar sports, such as snowboarding or ski-jumping, are also widely popular.
Most people visit Vienna with a vivid image of the city in their minds: a monumental vision of Habsburg palaces, trotting white horses, old ladies in fur coats and mountains of fat cream cakes. And they're unlikely to be disappointed, for the city positively feeds off imperial nostalgia – High Baroque churches and aristocratic mansions pepper the central Innere Stadt, monumental projects from the late nineteenth century line the Ringstrasse. Just as compelling as the old Habsburg stand-bys are the wonderful Jugendstil and early Modernist buildings, products of the era of Freud, Klimt, Schiele, Mahler and Schönberg, when the city's famous coffeehouses were filled with intellectuals from every corner of the empire.
Vienna is still an inspiring city to visit, with one of the world's greatest art collections in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, world-class orchestras and a superb architectual heritage. It's also an eminently civilized place, clean, safe (for the most part) and peopled by citizens who do their best to live up to a reputation for Gemütlichkeit, or "cosiness". And despite its ageing population, it's also a city with a lively nightlife, with plenty of late-opening Musikcafés and drinking holes. Even Vienna's restaurants, long famous for quantity over quality, have discovered more innovative ways of cooking and are now supplemented by a wide range of ethnic restaurants.
No specific classes or language level is required.
Housing and Meals:
Exchange students coming to Vienna have the following two housing options: applying for a student dorm administered by the OEAD (Österreichischer Austauschdienst = Austrian Exchange Service) or private accommodation.
Students participating in exchange programs will pay Miami University Tuition and Fees directly to Miami University. Housing and meals will be paid directly to the host university.
Financial Aid and Scholarships:
Financial Aid is available to all Miami University students studying in a Miami University study abroad program. The amount of aid available to each student varies according to the program of study. Students are encouraged to meet with the Office of Financial Assistance in the 121 Campus Avenue Building, before they apply for their study abroad program.
Students who currently hold any Miami Scholarships such as the Oxford Scholars, Harrison Scholarship, Honors Scholarship and many others can use those scholarships to study abroad. For specific information concerning Miami University scholarships students should check the Financial Aid and Scholarships information on the study abroad website. Students are encouraged to meet with the Office of Financial Assistance in the 121 Campus Avenue Building, before they apply for their study abroad program to determine how their scholarships will be applied to their study abroad program.
There are a multitude of national and university scholarships available to Miami University students who study abroad. To determine which scholarships you would eligible for please review the Financial Aid and Scholarship information on the study abroad website. If you have specific questions about scholarships please contact Karla Guinigundo at the Office of International Education.
Students are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation before they leave Miami University to participate in their study abroad program. The pre-departure session will cover your health and safety while abroad. But will also cover many other important travel details such as what to package and other important details.