Europa-Wirtschaftsschulen (EWS) is a private educational institution, located in the picturesque city centre of Vienna, near Schottentor (U 2 subway), the Votive Church and the University of Vienna.

EWS was founded in 1964 with the mission to offer alternative paths in Higher Education for business studies, i.e. shorter, more practice- and student-oriented studies than at university, focusing on a jointly developed European curriculum by and with EWS’s many European partners. It was the first European programme of its kind in Austria and the network behind it then – ESA (European Schools for Higher Education in Administration and Management) – today comprises more than 50 institutions in 16 European countries with some 40,000 graduates employed in the private and public sector in Europe. High rates of employability of ESA graduates, proficient in three languages, is the most tangible proof of this successful European network.

Over the last decades, EWS has initiated the creation of additional European educational organisations, like EMA – European Management Academy (Seat Paris). We have been active in BUSINET – Network for the Development of Business Education Programmes – since 1994. Today EWS offers successful high-quality international business studies, focusing on business administration including financial management, development of personal and professional skills, excellent foreign language training and up-to-date computer literacy. Our major aim is to prepare the students for their European employability.


EWS boasts a long tradition in education and vocational training. Its roots go back to the well-known Handelsschule Weiss, established in 1877, one of the first commercial schools on the European continent. Similarly, EWS was the first school in Austria in 1964 to co-found a European network – ESA (European Schools for Higher Education in Administration and Management)-, starting business courses on the basis of unified European curricula.

The next steps was the initiation of EMA – European Management Academy (Seat Paris) in 1987, in co-operation with leading European educational institutions.

In 1995, EWS and its above-mentioned international departments incorporated and were officially registered as Europa-Wirtschaftsschulen.

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