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A&M MAYS Only Exchange: Vienna University of Economics and Business
Vienna, Austria (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Approved Course Equivalencies Click here to view
Who Can Apply: Texas A&M University applicants only
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Business
Academic College: Mays Business School Academic Department: Accounting, Agribusiness, Business Administration, Business Honors, Finance, Information & Operations Management, Land Economics & Real Estate, Management, Management Informations Systems, Marketing, Masters of Business Administration, Supply Chain Management
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Pre-requisites:
0
Language of instruction:
English, German
Program Advisor:
Bianca Cusimano, Jye Shafer
Housing: Dormitory
Open to non-majors:
No
Classification: Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
REEP Program Type:
Departmental Exchange
Program Description:
Vienna University of Economics and Business, Wirtschaftsuniversitat (WU) Wien

Located in the largest city and capital of Austria, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) is amid the hustle and bustle of its urban environment. The university, focusing on business and economics, is the largest in Europe in terms of student body. It has been ranked as one of the best business schools in all of Europe. Its new campus, opened in September of 2013, is the largest campus for business sciences. Each year it enrolls nearly 27,000 students, about which one quarter of who are international students from 230 universities.

Location

One of the best aspects of the Vienna University of Economics and Business is the university’s location in Vienna. Vienna is the primary city of Austria boasting culture, history, artwork, food, architecture and the title, “City of Music” as well as the “City of Dreams” because it was the home of the world famous pyscho-analyst Sigmund Freud. The city is packed with imperial history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire but at the same time is teeming with exciting contemporary museums, and lively nightlife scenes particularly known for Viennese coffee houses. Vienna is also home to the headquarters of the Organization Petroleum Exporting Companies (OPEC). Austria’s standing in the international world lends WU close ties to the surrounding corporate world and beyond.
 

Eligibility Requirements
  • This program is limited to students in the Mays Business School
  • Have upper-level classification or Graduate student by the beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Proficiency in English or German
  • Must obtain a student visa
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended

Students can choose to study abroad during
  • Fall Semester, also called Winter Semester at WU (October-February; arrival by mid-September)
  • Spring Semester, also called Summer Semester WU (March-June; arrival by mid-February)
  • Academic year (October-June)
Courses

International students are offered the regular course catalogue, which includes more than 140 courses in English. WU offers class in the following subject fields:
  • Marketing and Management
  • Finance, Investment and Accounting
  • Human resources and Organizational Behavior
  • Strategic Management
  • Information Systems
  • Economics, Economic Policy and Trade Management
  • European and Eastern European Studies
  • Business Skills
There is no minimum course requirement for exchange students. However, there is a maximum course load of 36 ECTS in addition to one Business German language course (30 ECTS credits usually constitutes a full course load when converted back to Texas A&M credits).

Five different levels of German language courses are offered during the semester for exchange students. A German language course is also offered before the semester begins during the orientation and cultural program three weeks prior to school starting.

A unique program to WU is the Erasmus Buddy Network. The Students Association at WU provides exchange students with a student mentor and organizes a large number of social activities. To help you get acclimated, three weeks to the start of the semester there is a recommended Orientation and Cultural Program complete with a tourist agenda, excursions and presentation on Austria.

Housing

Exchange students have two housing options. Students can apply for a place in the student residence halls. WU has a number of rooms already reserved in residence halls (called OeAD Student Residence Halls) that are on a first-come, first-serve basis. (See the link “two housing options” for the list of halls that have reserved rooms.) Once the spaces in the pre-reserved residence halls are all taken, WU also offers additional spaces in around 30 different residence halls all over Vienna. Housing is estimated to be around €400-600 per month.

The second options exchange students have is private accommodations. The service Housing Anywhere allows Austrian students to offer their rooms or apartments for subletting while they are away on exchanges of their own.

Costs

One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
 
Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition & Fees $5,000
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Fees Paid Directly to WU
Accommodations $1,700   (depends on room type)
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
International Airfare $1,500
Meals $1,500
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $850
Personal Spending $1,249+
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $12,099+
Texas A&M Semester Cost $13,636+

As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available.
  • Scholarships
    • CIBS Reciprocal Exchange Scholarship
    • Mays Business School MBA Scholarships
    • ROTC and Corps Scholarships
    • The Study Abroad Fellowship
    • International Education Fee Scholarship
 Additional information and applications can be found at the Mays Center for International Business “Scholarships & Financial Aid” page and the Study Abroad Programs Office “Funding Your Program” page.

Helpful Links

WU Homepage
WU Exchange Student Information
WU English Course Catalog
WU German Language Courses
WU Housing Options
WU Residence Halls
WU Housing Anywhere
WU Orientation and Culture Program
WU Erasmus Buddy Network
WU ECTS Credit System
WU International Student Office
WU Academic Calendar
WU Campus Map
Mays Center for International Business Homepage
Mays Center for International Business REEP Webpage
Mays Center for International Business Scholarships and Financial Aid
Mays Center for International Business Certificate in International Business
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Vienna, Austria City Guide
Austria Travel Guide
Currency Converter

Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

"I would highly recommend studying abroad to anyone who has the opportunity to go. It has changed my life in so many different ways. I am much more independent, traveled, and cultured as a result of the fantastic experience. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
 
 Philip ’14 Finance, Spring 2013 Mays Reciprocal Exchange in Spain
 
 


Contacts

For detailed information about the exchange program at Vienna University of Economics and Business, students should contact Mr. Jye Shafer in the Mays School of Business. Students should contact the Mays Undergraduate Office or their departmental academic advisor for curriculum related issues.

For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, please contact Bianca Cusimano.