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Internationalization at FHWien der WKW

Growing globalization of the higher education market demands that higher education institutions have an increasingly strong international focus. Thus, degree programs tailored to the domestic market are no longer sufficient. Instead, employers expect students and graduates to have international experience, intercultural competences and advanced foreign language proficiency.

Internationalization is extremely important to us. By offering a wide range of international activities, we want to align teaching, research and corporate culture so as to match and exceed the requirements of the global labor market.

Together with International Affairs, the Center for International Education & Mobility (CIEM) provides the structure necessary for implementation of FHWien der WKW’s internationalization strategy.

The project “EDUcation-INNOvation- COOPeration”, funded by the City of Vienna, aims to research the reasons why part-time students participate only marginally in international mobility and to find ways and means to change this. In addition, the international university partnerships of FHWien der WKW will be evaluated. You can learn more about the project here.

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International activities

  • Participating in international research and development projects
  • Student mobility and staff mobility for teaching and training: teaching and administrative staff exchange, student exchange as part of the Erasmus program, bilateral co-operation with non-EU member countries, summer sessions abroad
  • International networking with universities to conclude exchange agreements and double degree agreements
  • Internships abroad
  • Internationalization of the curriculum by offering an extensive range of English-language courses as well as the integration of international content and teaching methods at FHWien der WKW
  • Implementation of the ECHE – Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027
  • Diploma Supplements

Future internationalization projects:

  • Degree programs in English
  • Strategic development of international networks with partner universities and business partners
  • Compulsory international internships or study-abroad semesters in full-time Bachelor’s degree programs

International education and mobility

Partnerships and mobility

  • Collaboration with over 180 partner universities and expansion of the partner university network (for example Erasmus+)
  • Coordination of student mobility: Erasmus+, bilateral agreements, free movers, top-up degrees and double degrees
  • Academic support for incoming students
  • Advice, preparation, coordination and support of outgoing students during their time abroad
  • Organization of events for incoming and outgoing students

Extracurricular lecture program in International Management

Our teaching staff come from all around the world and teach lectures on various topics in the fields of business and communication.

Learning foreign languages

The Language Center of the University of Vienna offers a broad foreign language course program:

Language Center University of Vienna

Erasmus Student Network

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a European, politically independent, voluntary student organization. ESN has grown steadily since being founded in 1989 and today there are 510 sections in 41 countries. In Austria there are 15 sections with 220 active members and in Vienna there are 6 sections with 130 active members.

What are the goals of ESN?

  1. Supporting exchange students
  2. Promoting intercultural exchange and the integration of exchange students
  3. Representing the interests of exchange students at a local and international level
  4. Contributing to the evaluation and development of different exchange programs

The ESN section of FHWien der WKW was set up in 2006 and is now a registered association. The section works closely with CIEM to ensure the well-being of exchange students arriving in Vienna.

The ESN section of FHWien der WKW offers the following services:

  1. Organization of the buddy program – individual support for incoming students
  2. Planning events, trips and excursions for incoming students
  3. Communication and cooperation with other ESN sections
  4. Taking part in national and international ESN Events

On the Facebook page and Instagram page of ESN FHWien der WKW you can find information about current events.

Further information:
ESN Europa
ESN Österreich

Buddy Network & ESN Membership

Are you a student at FHWien der WKW who wants to gain international experience whilst studying in Vienna? Then the ESN team is right for you! You can develop and improve your intercultural competencies, improve your foreign language skills, build up an international network and of course have a lot of fun, all while being a member of the ESN section of FHWien der WKW or a buddy for an incoming student.

Becoming an ESN member

There are many different roles in an ESN team, from event planning or social media management, to the graphic design of our information and advertising material. If you are interested, please e-mail

As an ESN member, you will also receive an ESN card. An ESN cards gets you discounts in all countries where there is an ESN section. The card is valid for a year once issued. For more information about the benefits of having an ESN card click here.

Buddy network

Buddies support the incoming students arriving at FHWien der WKW during their study-abroad semester. There are often many questions to be answered at the beginning of the semester: How do I get about in Vienna? Where are the best parts of the city? How do I make my way through the bureaucratic jungle as efficiently as possible? The buddy system often gives way to lasting friendships. Information about how to register as a buddy and FAQs can be found here.

News & Events


Barbara Zimmer

Mag.a Barbara Zimmer

Head of Center for International Education & Mobility

Verena Podlaha, BA

International Partnerships & Mobility Coordinator

Ricarda Hechtl, BA MA

International Partnerships & Mobility Coordinator

Mag.a Nikolina Saric, MA

International Partnerships & Mobility Coordinator

International Student Affairs