Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) is extending scholarship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in GBSN member schools from developing countries. Qualified candidates are invited to apply for the WU Scholarship for the 2018 International Summer University ISUWU , an intensive short program, which provides students with an excellent opportunity for international education.

ISUWU takes place twice during the summer, in three-week sessions and offers students the possibility to deepen specific knowledge in business and enrich their social and cultural experiences.

The application portal for the 2018 ISUWU is now closed.

General Information and Goals

The International Summer UniversityWU (ISUWU) is an intensive short program, which provides international students with an excellent opportunity for international education. The ISUWU takes place twice in summer in three-week sessions (one three-week session in July and one three-week session in August) in Vienna and offers courses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

A large variety of business-related courses are taught by a team of experienced lecturers of WU and colleagues from partner universities hailing from the entire globe. The main objective of the program is not to provide basic knowledge, but to deepen specific knowledge in business. Visiting local companies and solving practical case studies in intercultural groups complements the strong theoretical basis. An exciting social and cultural program effectively complements the summer university.

Academic Program

The ISUWU consists of intensive three-week sessions taught in English. Courses are designed to be highly interactive and a priority is placed on group discussion and teamwork; students complete pre-course assignments in order to have the qualifications necessary to start the course on the same level. The team of instructors consists of WU university lecturers as well as renowned, international guest lecturers.

The graduate program consists of three intensive courses, which are taught consecutively over the course of 3 weeks, each course lasting five days (Monday to Friday). These intensive courses are held in the mornings and total 9 ECTS.

July program:
July 2 – July 20, 2018
August program:
July 23 – August 10, 2018
Application period:
February 15 – March 31, 2018
Admission decision:
by April 27, 2018

Courses cover topics related to International Business, International Marketing, International Human Resource Management and Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, International Finance and Sustainable Management, Negotiation Management, Talent Management.

Social Program

The ISUWU also offers social and cultural activities, which are organized by the ISUWU team in order to provide students with opportunities for intercultural exchange between students and cultural enrichment through sightseeing as well as other in- and outdoor activities in Vienna.

Scholarship for High Potentials from Developing Countries

As a strategic focus of WU, undergraduate and graduate students studying at GBSN member schools in developing countries are invited to apply for a WU Scholarship for the ISUWU.

Candidates from the following countries are strongly encouraged to apply:




WU will extend up to 5 scholarships. The following services are covered as part of the scholarship:

  • Business courses with an international perspective
  • Breakfast and lunch (Monday through Friday on lecture days)
  • Accommodation in a students’ residence hall off-campus
  • Internet access (WiFi) on campus and in residence halls
  • Public transportation ticket within Vienna for the whole time of the session
  • Course materials
  • Company visits (in the graduate program)
  • Opportunities for intercultural exchange through the social and cultural program and information on student-friendly weekend packages for exploring Europe, entry fees are to be paid by the students themselves
  • Use of WU’s library, computer laboratories, eLearning services, and language resource center
  • Grade certificate
  • Support of the ISUWU team

Additionally, selected applicants will receive a travel grant of up to 500 EUR.

Application Requirements

Students interested in participating in the ISUWU have to complete the application process which is illustrated further below. 

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Graduate Program are current enrollment in a master’s program (or equivalent) with a focus on business administration/economics or an MBA program.

Applicants interested in participating in the International Summer University WU need an excellent command of the English language. The English language requirements can be found at ISUWU Language Requirements.

GBSN scholarship students are asked to submit an essay. Please upload this essay together with all other application documents. Click on this link for the essay guidelines. To apply for the program (including the scholarship) please fill in the online application form and upload all required documents listed below.

Application Documents

In order for your application to be successful, you must upload all necessary application documents, demonstrate excellent command of the language of instruction (English), and meet all the requirements specified in the course description. All documents that are not issued in English or German must be provided together with an adequate translation into English or German. We advise to gather all supporting documents before you start the online application process. Only files less than approximately 2MB are allowed to be uploaded. (Allowed filetypes: jpeg, jpg, png, bmp, gif, doc, docx, pdf)

  • Résumé/CV
  • One-page letter of motivation: Tell us why you want to participate this summer.
  • Grade transcripts from your home university and a confirmation indicating the beginning and the expected end of your studies
  • Proof of enrollment in an MBA or master program with a focus on business administration/economics or a certificate of completion of a bachelor degree in a business major.
  • Official proof of English proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English and those who are not enrolled in an English-language program must submit a copy of one of the required English language certificates.
  • A copy of your passport (main pages)
  • One passport-sized photo: not older than one year.
  • Scholarship applicants are additionally asked to submit an essay. Click here for essay guidelines.

Click here for more information on the application process

2017 ISUWU Student Testimonials

Ms. Purity Namasaka, ISUWU July Session
Strathmore Business School, Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya

ISUWU academic program:
The academic program was informative and it gave a new perspective with regard to financial markets, business strategy and project management. The program though is quite intensive, having the practicability aspect, which for the first time I can say I relate classroom knowledge and industrial applicability. The lecturers knew their stuff.

ISUWU leisure program:
The leisure program was the best part of the summer program which to be sincere made me fall in love with Austria ( a country that I had little interest before joining the summer program). The leisure program gave me the opportunity to build friendships with other students. Most memorable leisure program -> International Cultural Evening and the visit to the twin museums.

ISUWU program in general:
Having been the first summer program I have attended to be sincere it gave me a full tuition scholarship that has enabled me for the first time in my life to travel outside my home country (Kenya). What more can I ask for: It was and is still more than enough. The academic programs are well tailored for industrial fit. I will definitely recommend the International Summer University as the summer university of choice.

Ms. Marian Chatoro, ISUWU July Session
Strathmore Business School, Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya

ISUWU academic program:
The academic program was quite thorough, and I was impressed especially since every course had to be covered in just a week. I liked the mix of the lectures, company visits and presentations; all of which were truly enlightening.

ISUWU leisure program:
The leisure program was also extensive, with numerous activities planned for the students. It was great to know more about Austria and to visit the important landmarks. I especially loved going for the hike!

ISUWU program in general:
The International Summer University program is great, and I am honoured to have been part of it. I have learnt what I would otherwise learn in a semester in just 3 weeks and I find myself applying ot to real life situations. My gratitude to the ISUWU team!

Ms. Xueru Chen, ISUWU August Session
Zhejiang University, Zhejiang, China

ISUWU academic program:
ISUWU curriculum was very professional and interesting, bringing us a comprehensive and diverse understanding of management and business. Global and multicultural learning perspective was quite a challenge for me.

ISUWU leisure program:
ISUWU has prepared a variety of extracurricular activities for us. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery and magnificient architecture of Vienna, and had a wonderful time with friends from various countries.

ISUWU program in general:
I spent a wonderful and intensive three weeks in ISUWU 2017! With classmates from more than 20 countries, I got a deeper and international understanding of business and management, and also achieved a self-breakthrough.

Mrs. Jacqueline Kamukuendjanje, ISUWU August Session
University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa

ISUWU academic program:
A very intense and interesting program simplifying complex concepts so that students from different backgrounds and culture can understand and apply.

ISUWU leisure program:
The program enabled me to make friends from different continents, learn about other cultures and experience the beautiful city of Vienna.

ISUWU program in general:
The program is well organized, the lecturers have deep insight on the subject matter. They are not just giving theory, they give tools for application. In addition, the assistants have servant hearts and always ready to assist.

Contact Information

Ms. Marlene Würfl
Program Management, International Short and Summer University Programs
(ISUs, ISUWU, Vienna IPWU), International Office
T: +43 1 31336 4314

Ms. Isabel Pham
Assistant, International Short and Summer University Programs
(ISUWU, ISUs), International Office
Tel: +43 1 31336 4974

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