Academic policies are designed to provide the highest quality education and service to students. Our policies are based on both the American and Austrian education systems. General baseline policies may be found in the WVPU Student Handbook, the WU Student Handbook and the undergraduate and graduate catalogs. Supplemental Austrian policies† may be found in the Webster Vienna Private University (WVPU) Constitution, the Study and Examination Guidelines of Webster Vienna Private University, and Thesis Guidelines for Students at WVPU.
* Please note that this page contains the most up-to-date policies applicable to WVPU
students and is periodically reviewed and updated (last update: September 2021). Because
WVPU academic policies are subject to change, one should refer to the current website
for the most current information.
† In accordance with local accreditation laws and requirements, all WVPU specific policies have statutory authority.
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Students that plan to withdraw completely from WVPU or take a leave of absence lasting more than one semester must complete the Leave of Absence & Withdrawal Form. Students must also inform their advisors, ensure that all outstanding fees are paid, and all library books are returned. A failure to do so could result in WVPU withholding transcripts and other official documents.
Students can take a maximum number of ECTS in any given semester or term. If they wish to exceed this limit, they need to seek permission for the academic overload from the Office of the Director. More information on procedures to request permission for the academic overload is available in the Connections portal.
See WVPU’s Connections page on course Add, Drop, and Withdrawal. See the Attendance policy below for WVPU-specific information on automatic drops. According to the WVPU Add, Drop, and Withdrawal policy, course withdrawals are allowed up to and including week six of term courses and week nine of semester courses. In the case of documented extenuating circumstances, students may request a late withdrawal, by submitting the Late Withdrawal Request Form to their Department Head. Decisions are to be made by the respective department head and communicated to the ASO for record-keeping.
Advising Weeks for Academic Year 2021-2022
|For Summer 2021||March 1 - 5, 2021|
|For Fall 2021||April 6 – 9, 2021|
|For Spring 2022||October 25 – 29, 2021|
Advising Weeks for Academic Year 2022-2023
|For Summer 2022||March 7 – 11, 2022|
|For Fall 2022||April 11 – 15, 2022|
|For Spring 2023||November 7 – 11, 2022|
Advising Weeks for Academic Year 2023-2024
|For Summer 2023||March 6 – 10, 2023|
|For Fall 2023||April 10 – 14, 2023|
|For Spring 2024||November 6 – 10, 2023|
See sections 4.7 and 4.8 of the Study and Examination Guidelines of Webster Vienna Private University.
The instructor sets attendance requirements and students are expected to actively participate in all of their scheduled courses. See the respective attendance sections of the undergraduate and graduate catalogs. Students who do not attend the first session of any course and do not communicate their absence to the instructor prior to the first session will be automatically dropped from the course to free up space for those desiring to register for that course.
To preserve the integrity of its academic standards and degrees, Webster Vienna Private University (WVPU) reserves the right to revoke a conferred degree earned through academic misconduct or fraud, or in case the degree was conferred erroneously due to administrative error. See the Degree Revocation Policy for more information.
Students are requested to communicate with faculty and staff via the respective faculty or staff members’ official email address, of which two official domains (webster.edu and webster.ac.at) are valid. See Candidate/Connections/Email Accounts sections of the undergraduate and graduate catalogs for setting up official student accounts.
The rescheduling of exams is the responsibility of the respective academic department head. See sections 5.3 and 5.4 of the Study and Examination Guidelines of Webster Vienna Private University.
- Grading appeals: See section 3, Course assessment appeals, of the Study and Examination Guidelines of Webster Vienna Private University.
If a solution cannot be found in consultation with the instructor or, subsequently, the respective department head within a three month period, students may submit a formal appeal to the Examination Committee at email@example.com. The student is expected to provide all the necessary materials (graded work, term papers, etc.) as well as the reasons for the appeal in writing to the committee. After receiving this material the committee will render a decision and inform the student within a matter of four weeks.
- Grading standards: See section 6, Grading standards of Webster University and their Austrian equivalents, of the Study and Examination Guidelines of Webster Vienna Private University.
- Incomplete (I) grades and late work: Incomplete grades negatively affect your academic progress, course sequencing, retention,
and graduation plans and should be avoided. Incompletes are only applied when you
have completed most of the required coursework and have agreed to deliver the remaining
components in a short and manageable timeline. Under no circumstances may the deadline
exceed three months. After three months, any remaining I grades will be converted
to a failing degree (ZF).
As a matter of fairness and equality, all students are required to turn in all missing work no later than the last week of the semester. Instructors will not award Incompletes in lieu of earning failing grades. If you have not provided enough coursework to pass the course by the grading deadline, instructors will assign a grade of F and not an Incomplete. If you have delivered only partial work, you will be given the grade that you earned so far according to the same scale as all other students in the class.
WVPU offers the possibility to alumni, corporate partners, and current students to audit selected undergraduate and graduate courses.
WVPU Policy on the auditing of classes
Alumni, corporate partners, and current students may audit classes following the fulfillment of certain conditions.
WVPU offers the possibility to alumni, corporate partners, and current students to audit selected courses within the following framework:
- Audits are never for credit;
- Audits will not be registered as part of an official transcript;
- The opportunity to audit a class is subject to: availability, and approval of the faculty teaching the course.
- Attendance and participation are required;
- Professors are not obliged to provide a formal assessment (grades) on assignments or the course;
- Language courses may not be audited.
In order to audit a course, alumni, corporate partners, and current students must follow procedures specific to their status as follows:
WVPU offers alumni the opportunity to audit courses for non-credit through the Alumni Audit Program. The first audited course is free of charge as a gift for successfully completing a degree at WVPU. Alumni are welcome to register for additional courses for a fee of 250 Euros. This offer extends to Webster Vienna classes only and registration is based on availability in the class. Please note that textbooks and/or lab fees are not included in this offer. If you have any further questions about the Alumni Audit Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Textbooks for the courses are available through the Webster Vienna Textbook Services. If you opt to purchase textbooks through Webster Vienna or if this is not your first
Webster Vienna Alumni Audit, payment may be processed either through direct bank transfer
to Webster Vienna Private University (payment forms available via email@example.com).
Webster Vienna Private University Bank Connection:
Erste Bank, Graben 21, 1010 Vienna, Austria IBAN: AT47 2011 1310 0310 1197, BIC/SWIFT: GIBAATWW
WVPU’s audit policy is specific for courses taught at WVPU, limited to WVPU alumni, corporate partners, and current students, and is separate from Webster University’s Audit for Enrichment program.
All undergraduates, regardless of major, are required to successfully complete the Research Methods Roadmap.
Research Methods Roadmap
The Methods Road Map (MRM) is a checklist of four compulsory and sequential undergraduate methods and research design courses (24 ECTS). The MRM encourages student growth in the area of research-focused writing and it underscores the importance of formulating research questions, constructing research designs, distinguishing among methodological approaches, and choosing appropriate methods whether qualitative or quantitative to address them.
Undergraduates take four MRM courses over their first six semesters, establishing a basis for more advanced method or tool-specific courses as they progress toward their thesis project. It ensures that all students are properly prepared to undertake a thesis project and graduate with the requisite scholarly research skills requisite for an European Qualifications Framework (EQF) an Austrian National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level VI qualification. Two MRM courses are included within the common Core Module (12 ECTS) and the remaining discipline-specific courses are part of module 2 of the different undergraduate degree programs.
MRM Courses included in the Common Core Module (12 ECTS):
- GLBC 1200 Global Cornerstone Seminar: Scientific Reasoning and Society (6 ECTS)
- STAT 1100 Descriptive Statistics (6 ECTS)
MRM Courses that are included in Module 2 of the different degree programs (12 ECTS):
- Bachelor of Arts in International Relations: Module 2
- ANSO 2720 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics
- INTL 2700 Methods of Political Inquiry
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: Module 2
- PSYC 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics (6 ECTS)
- PSYC 2825 Introduction to Research Methods (6 ECTS)
- Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication: Module 2
- ANSO 2720 Introduction to Measurement and Statistic
- MDST 4200 Media Research
- Bachelor of Arts in Management: Module 2
Bachelor of Arts in Management with an emphasis in International Business: Module
Bachelor of Arts in Management with an emphasis in Marketing: Module 2
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Module 2
- BUSN 2750 Introduction to Statistics (6 ECTS)
- BUSN 2825 Introduction to Research Design & Methods (6 ECTS)
The WVPU Code of Conduct provides guidance and sets the baseline for the standards of ethical behavior of all WVPU community members. Rooted in the notions of honesty, integrity and respect, it covers matters of academic performance, interpersonal communication, behavioral and professional integrity and responsibility, and conflicts of interest.
All students, regardless of degree, are required to successfully complete a thesis, which is the culminating project of their university studies. Detailed information for those who are planning, researching, or writing their theses can be found in Connections. Please see our WVPU Thesis Guidelines. More information on the thesis process, content and minimum standards you can find here.
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