Quick Info

  • Vienna, Austria
  • Fall, Spring, Year (Fall and Spring)
  • : Exchange
  • : Business, Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, European Studies, German
  • : Spring 2017: 10 February 2017 - 8 July 2017, Fall 2017: Early September 2017 - Late December 2017
  • : Pitt's tuition and fees; additional costs listed below
  • : 30 September 2016 (Spring 2017), 3 March 2017 (Fall 2017 and Full Year 2017-2018)
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Business Students Only

Academics

A large number of WU classes are taught in English, including a wide selection of business courses. You will also have the chance to learn or improve your German language skills through a variety of German language courses that are offered. Students wishing to enroll in business courses taught in German must show proficiency in the language.

For an up-to-date course list, please visit WU's website.

Pre-semester German courses and an Orientation and Cultural Program are offered offered before the start of the semester for a fee. Students are highly encouraged to register as these pre-semester courses allow you to get to know the other exchange students, work on your German, and get settled into Vienna before the start of the semester.

More information on the pre-semester German courses as well as the Orientation and Cultural Program can be found here.

Students are also encouraged (but not required) to take some language courses here at Pitt prior to departure. Two recommended courses for the German language are:

  • GER 0101 – Beginning German 1 (3 credits)
    • Elementary German 101 meets three times a week, and while class periods will focus on speaking and listening, you will do the writing, reading, and most of the grammar practice at home. Students are expected to study regularly on their own to keep up with the material. In this course you will learn how to interact in German from the first day on. For example, you will learn how to ask questions and give basic information about yourself, how to ask for directions, how to say the time and make an appointment, how to find an apartment and how to respond to an invitation. You will learn the necessary grammatical structures and vocabulary, but also find out about cultural differences, e.g. regarding greetings, forms of address, and punctuality. Students will be working towards the A1-Exam of the Goethe Institut, which follows the Common European Framework of Reference and is accepted worldwide.
  • GER 0001 – Elementary German 1 (Intensive) (5 credits)
    • This Elementary German course meets five times a week and is the next best thing to studying abroad. You will learn how to interact in German from the first day on. For example, you will learn how to ask questions and give basic information about yourself, how to ask for directions, how to say the time and make an appointment, how to find an apartment and how to respond to an invitation. You will learn the necessary grammatical structures and vocabulary, but also find out about cultural differences, e.g. regarding greetings, forms of address, and punctuality. Students will be working towards the A1-Exam of the Goethe Institut, which follows the Common European Framework of Reference and is accepted worldwide. 

Student Life

Students love to talk business at WU, but student activities, including sports clubs, are a great way to round out your experience and make friends. With a public bus pass, you can not only get to class but also explore the city. In addition, you can participate in tandem language programs, and you will be paired up with a buddy who will introduce you to WU and Vienna.

WU's International Office is there for you throughout your time in Vienna. Whether you're looking for suggestions for where to eat or want advice on how to deal with homesickness, the full-time staff can assist you.

To learn more about life in Vienna, please visit WU's website.

Housing

WU has plenty of housing options, including reserved off-campus residence halls for exchange students or helpful resources where you can find private accommodations.

Pre-reserved rooms are available through the OeAD (Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research - Housing Office Vienna), and you can choose your building and room type preference, but exact housing placement is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For details about housing, please visit WU's website.

Pricing And Dates

Spring 2017: 10 February 2017 - 8 July 2017

Fall 2017: Early September 2017 - Late December 2017*

*Please note that only certain classes at WU end before the start of Pitt's spring semester. In order to participate in the Fall term at WU, you must only enroll in courses that allow you to return to Pitt for the start of the spring term. 

Full Year 2017/2018: Early September 2017 - Early July 2018

For additional term dates, please refer to WU's website.

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from WU of the official start and end of the semester(s).

You will pay regular tuition and fees to the University of Pittsburgh. If you have a tuition scholarship, please check with the entity providing the scholarship to confirm coverage for studying abroad.

Business students can apply for over $150,000 in scholarship funds on the Pitt Business International Scholarships page as well as crowdfund using the Pitt Business Fund My Travel page. For additional scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the ‘Finances’ tab at the top of this page!

Inclusions & Exclusions

You will pay Pitt tuition and fees, per the official posted rates of the term(s) you are studying abroad. While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

Living costs will vary per student, but can be estimated at 1000-1200 euro/month, including housing, food, public transportation, books, and classroom materials.

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad. Visit our Budgeting Page for more information.

Special Information

You must first be accepted by Pitt Business International Programs, then you will be nominated directly to WU and will complete an official WU application.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Bradley Miner

Kia Ora! I'm Brad, a Pittsburgh transplant who discovered my passion for international education during my own study abroad experiences here at Pitt. My time abroad took me on back-to-back semester programs to Costa Rica and New Zealand. I’ve also had the good fortune to travel throughout Canada, Fiji, Panama, Nicaragua, Spain, and Switzerland. Now, as the International Programs Coordinator for Pitt Business, I get to help others have their own memorable experiences abroad! Outside of the office you can find me snapping photos around the city, exploring the outdoors, and planning future adventures both near and far. Get in touch with me to chat about study abroad at bradminer@pitt.edu or 412-383-7136.

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