International

Incoming Students

Studying at FHWien der WKW

Mobility is an integral part of everyday university life these days and it plays an important role at FHWien der WKW. Every semester we welcome between 70 and 130 incoming students from partner universities all over the world.

Varied courses offered

Incoming students can mix and match courses from different degree programs, there is something for everyone. A large number of our courses are taught in English, which means that a good level of German is not necessary for a study-abroad semester at FHWien der WKW.

You will find all courses in the course guide, which is published one month before the beginning of each semester.

Practice-based lectures

More than half of our teaching staff have a business background and offer fascinating insights and in-depth knowledge.

International setting

FHWien der WKW does not just greet incoming students from all around the world; it also welcomes many international lecturers.

Small groups

A personal setting and close contact with students is guaranteed.

Studying in Vienna

In 2019 Vienna was again named the ‚most livable city in the world‘. A rich offer of sports and leisure time facilities, cultural heritage and exciting nightlife and events make Vienna a hotspot for students.

Moreover, Vienna’s great location in the heart of Europe makes it the perfect home base for excursions and trips to neighboring countries and cities such as Bratislava, Budapest or Prague.

Study abroad at FHWien der WKW

Incoming students arriving at FHWien der WKW can expect to see new things, meet new people and face exciting challenges living and studying abroad.

Orientation Week – a successful start to a semester abroad

Incoming students at FHWien der WKW begin their semester abroad with an orientation week (in either September or February), which consists of the following:

  • Campus tour and information about how FHWien der WKW works
  • Information about organizational matters – registering in Vienna, insurance etc.
  • Workshop “Austrian Culture & More” to help incoming students understand Austrian culture and possible cultural differences
  • Social events organized in conjunction with the ESN (Erasmus Student Network) team, to help incoming students get to know each other, for example speed friending, karaoke nights, dinners and city tours
  • Individual appointments with our mobility coordinators to decide on and register for courses as well as confirming your schedule

Buddy network & ESN – invaluable help at the beginning of the semester

Buddies are available for all incoming students as required – this is a great help, especially at the beginning of the semester whilst getting to know Vienna. They can help answer any questions you might have, for example where to go and what to see in the city, or which mobile network provider offers the best deals.

The buddy network is organized by our ESN team. They also offer many different events, trips and excursions to help incoming students to get to know Austria and its surrounding countries better.

Varied courses offered – something for everyone

Incoming students can attend courses from different degree programs, this may however cause overlaps in your schedule.

Courses are offered in German or in English; courses offered in English are sent out to all incoming students a few months before the semester begins.

Applications Procedure

It is easy to apply for a study-abroad semester at FHWien der WKW. There are just a couple of things you should take into account:

  1. General requirements: You are a university student and you have a certificate of general qualification for university entrance (high school diploma).

  2. Partner universities: The applications procedure differs depending on whether there is a partnership agreement between the two institutions or not. Partnerships can be offered through the Erasmus+ program or between two universities directly. Are you unsure whether there is a partnership agreement? You can find out here.

    • Incoming students from partner universities: Students wanting to study at FHWien der WKW must be nominated by their home university. Please inform yourself how the internal applications procedure for a study-abroad semester is handled at your university. Those nominated will have the following information passed on to us: name/surname, gender, e-mail address, field of study and application period (winter/summer semester and which academic year). You will then receive a link to our online application form by e-mail.
    • Freemover: You can apply to do a study-abroad semester even if you do not study at one of our partner universities. Free movers have to pay a tuition fee of 500€ per semester. Please contact us for more information: ciem@fh-wien.ac.at.

    Tuition Fee Refund Policy for Freemover Students:
    If a freemover student decides not to commence his/her studies at FHWien der WKW or leaves FHWien der WKW prematurely, he or she may be entitled to a refund of tuition fees already paid in. If the student withdraws from FHWien der WKW within 4 weeks of the official beginning of the semester, he/she can apply for a refund of 50% of the tuition fees, i.e. €250. After 4 weeks of the official semester have elapsed, the tuition fees are no longer refundable. A request for a refund must be made to the Head of CIEM, using the ‘Application for a Refund of Tuition Fees’ form.

  3. Our application deadlines are as follows:

    • Winter semester (September – January): May 31st
    • Summer semester (February – July): October 31st

Accommodation

Choosing the right sort of accommodation for your study-abroad semester helps you feel “at home”. Incoming students are responsible for organizing their own accommodation and can decide between student residences or private accommodation.

Have a look at the Welcome Guide for more information.

Student residence

Students wishing to stay in student residence should register as soon as possible. There are many different residences and housing offices in Vienna:

Private accommodation

Private accommodation is a good alternative to a student residence. Students must organize private accommodation themselves, which can be difficult for students who do not speak German. The following links may be useful:

Please be aware that there have been instances where students have been asked to pay rent and/or a deposit in advance into a foreign bank account to get the key to a flat. These requests are often fraudulent, so please take care. FHWien der WKW only provides information on its website and does not serve as an intermediary between landlords and students and cannot assume liability.

Study in Austria

More information about studying in Austria can be found here.