Location: Vienna, Austria, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange program open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: English and/or German. No prior knowledge of German is required.

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: October - July
Fall: October - mid-February. It is possible that UMSL students may arrange to take exams in the December. Students interested in one term only would be best suited to attend in the Spring.
Spring: February - July

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (priority), March 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility RequirementsThis program is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students in a business or economics major or minor.


Subjects Available:

  • Business - Accounting
  • Business - Business Administration (also available at graduate level) 
  • Business - Finance (also available at graduate level) 
  • Business - Information Systems (also available at graduate level) 
  • Business - International Business (also available at graduate level) 
  • Business - Logistics & Operations Management (also available at graduate level) 
  • Business - Management (also available at graduate level) 
  • Business - Marketing (also available at graduate level) 
  • Business - Operations Management (graduate level only)
  • Economics
  • Pre-Law or Law
  • Accounting
  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - Finance
  • Business - International Business
  • Business - Logistics & Operations Management
  • Business - Management
  • Business - Marketing
  • Economics
  • Languages - Arabic
  • Languages - Chinese
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - German
  • Languages - Japanese
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Pre-Law or Law

The University: The Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU, or Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration) is located in Austria's capital city and is the largest university focusing on economics and business in Europe. It boasts a student body of almost 22,000. 

Academics: WU offers courses in various business and economics areas. As exchange students, UMSL students are free to choose from almost all courses available. Students may choose from courses taught in German or English. There are approximately 100 courses offered in English each semester.

Housing: Students may live in a student residence or a shared private apartment. There are four different student residences at WU. Very few single rooms are available and must be booked in advance by paying the deposit. Double rooms are also available and include two beds, desks, cupboards, etc. If you prefer a shared private apartment, you may contact the university's housing department and they will forward a link to your email showing the latest offers for private accommodation. 

Activities and Programs: The International Office offers an optional orientation program for incoming exchange students. This three-week program takes place before the beginning of the semester. It helps you prepare for your exchange semester and get familiar with life in Vienna. The Sports Club of the Students’ Association organizes sports events and provides information on good opportunities for training and practice, tennis and squash courts, gymnastics courses, etc. It also organizes holiday trips in Austria and abroad.You can also join the Department of Sports – University of Vienna (“Universitaetssportinstitut Wien”), which offers sports facilities and sports courses to students at a reduced rate. They also offer a Buddy program. The aim of the Buddy Network is to allocate a ‘buddy’ (WU student) to every exchange student. You can arrange with your buddy to meet you upon arrival in Vienna. He/she will also assist you if you arrive outside the opening hours of your student dormitory. There is no first-come, first-served system. 

Location: Vienna, Austria's capital city, has a population of over 2 million. It is the cultural, economic, and political center of Austria. It was home to some of the world's most famous musicians such as Mozart and Beethoven and its Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest and most distinguished in the world. 

International Office Website: http://www.wu.ac.at/io/en

Course Offerings: http://www.wu.ac.at/io/en/incoming/courses

Housing Website: http://www.wu.ac.at/io/en/incoming/exchangein/housing

Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $135.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $175.00
Accommodations  $2500.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $2650.00
Airfare $1130.00
Local Transportation $250.00
Other $325.00
Total $10954.60*

Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs are based off a five month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes insurance and student union dues 


Some photos and text courtesy of WU.