International Business in Europe
The International Summer University WU (ISUWU) is an intensive short-program. Students from all around the globe come to WU, bringing with them their unique backgrounds and a passion for intercultural learning. In two different sessions, the unique ISUWU 2019 program structure includes both bachelor and master students. The undergraduate program consists of two international business courses which are taught consecutively over the duration of three weeks. Completion of the undergraduate program is worth 8 ECTS (4 Tulane credits).
ISUWU combines studies, leisure and networking. The academic component gives students insight into international business practices. Outside of the classroom, ISUWU participants benefit from various cultural and social activities organized by the ISUWU team. These activities give participants the opportunity to gain insights into life in Vienna and Austria and get to know their fellow students.
The Vienna University of Economics and Business (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien or WU) is the largest university focusing on business and economics in Europe and, in terms of student body, one of the largest universities in Austria. It has been ranked as one of the best business schools in Europe. WU was founded on October 1, 1898 as k.u.k. Exportakademie to provide professional training to future businessmen and thus stimulate the Austro-Hungarian empire's economy. From humble beginnings as a professional school, it quickly grew to become an important institution. Today, WU has more than 20,000 students and over 400 researchers and teachers, among those about 90 full professors. It increasingly draws students from outside Austria, mostly from Central and Eastern Europe. Most of the faculty are of Austrian or German nationality. WU has achieved accreditation from the London-based Association of MBAs (AMBA), Brussels-based EQUIS and Tampa-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
With its rambling palaces, winding cobbled lanes, elegant Kaffeehäuser (coffee houses) and cozy wood-paneled Beisln, Vienna is steeped in history. Yet it's also at the cutting edge of design, architecture, contemporary art, and new directions in dining and nightlife. What is most enchanting about the city is that not only does it hold on to its traditions, it incorporates them in everything from high-fashion Dirndls (women's traditional dress) with pop-art motifs or punk conical studs to handmade Sacher Torte–flavored doughnuts and inspired neo-retro cafes. Vienna's past is alive in its present, and, by extension, its future.
Vienna, and Austria in general, is a popular place for studying business abroad. The main benefits of studying business in Austria are that:
You can enjoy English-taught programs in a Germanic environment, exposing yourself to a new and exciting setting
You will discover first-hand the Germanic business etiquette, famous for its precision, planning and regulation
It’s an Internationally-friendly atmosphere, where you can quickly make new contacts and put your knowledge into practice
You can discover a variety of fields of study
You can expect a great deal of freedom in organizing your study experience
As a bonus, you are close to nature, as well as the modern urban environment
The Program holds two sessions every summer. In 2019, the first session takes place July 8 - July 26, 2019. The second session takes place July 29 - August 16, 2019. Students choose between Session 1 and Session 2.
The undergraduate program consists of two international business courses which are taught consecutively over the duration of three weeks. Completion of the undergraduate program is worth 8 ECTS (4 Tulane credits). Sample modules include:
International Human Resource Management
International Negotiation Management
Cultural and Social Activities
Program participants network with others by living and working together in an intercultural students group during the intensive three-week program. During courses, company visits, field trips, and many social activities in and around Vienna, students have ample opportunities to interact with peers from around the world, build long-lasting friendships, and widen their cultural horizons.
ISUWU participants benefit from various cultural and social activities organized by the ISUWU team. These activities give participants the opportunity to gain insights into life in Vienna and Austria and get to know their fellow students. The social program is a mix of social, cultural and international events. Activities may for instance include guided tours of world-famous museums like the Albertina or a visit to a traditional Viennese Heuriger.
Courses are taught in a seminar-like format, and include several types of assessment that require your active participation – therefore attendance is mandatory in all classes. Academic integrity and compliance with formalities and regulations are very important at WU.
There are different methods of assessment (exams, presentations, participation, etc.). The final exam makes up a large portion of the final grade.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
The Austrian grading system applies at WU. The issued grades are: sehr gut/excellent (1), gut/good (2), befriedigend/satisfactory (3), genügend/sufficient (4) and nicht genügend/fail (5). WU does not use a standardized percentage-based grading scale. The percentage scores needed to earn the grades given above differ from course to course. In most cases the course-specific grading scales can be found in the online course description. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at WU. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
For Freeman summer abroad programs, students must:
have a 3.0 GPA each semester for two semesters prior to term abroad;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
Freeman Summer Abroad Application
To access the Freeman summer abroad application, please attend a Summer Abroad Info Session. Once you have attended the info session, Study Abroad & Exchange staff will set you up with a general summer abroad application. Login to your FreemanAbroad account to complete the application. Application deadlines are noted below.
Some summer programs are more competitive than others. You can list up to six programs on your summer abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed using a rubric that evaluates a student based on several criteria, including GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Program participants pay a $7,000 program fee. The program fee includes tuition (four credits), housing, breakfast and lunch on lecture days, public transportation, course materials and university infrastructure. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, additional meals and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
OeAD Residence Halls
Students are housed in OeAD Gästehaus Molkereistr. This student residence hall is located right next to the WU in the second district! With 5 min walking distance from the campus this guest house provides single rooms in shared suites (two to four bedrooms) with a kitchenette and bathroom/toilet. Every bedroom is equipped with internet access (free of charge), a bed, pillows, blankets, bed sheets, a desk, a chair, a wardrobe, telephone and free cable TV, kitchen box with utilities. Students need to bring or buy a towel.
Housing is included in the program fee and is arranged automatically for all ISUWU participants. There is no need to apply for housing.