Business Studies and Economics – Bachelor of Science

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Undergraduate study programme leading to a first degree and providing qualifications and skills for future employment. In the BSc Business Studies and Economics programme, you can choose your individual focus area from five different profiles:

Studying Business Studies and Economics means: You analyze economic activities of consumers, companies and public institutions. In economics, the focus is on the fundamental economic relationships of a society both at the level of economic units (microeconomics) and at the overall economic level (macroeconomics). In business administration, you study the economic situation of individual companies and their operational processes.

Overview

Degree Bachelor of Science
Programme start Winter semester
Period of study 6 semesters
Application period 09.05. - 15.07.
Admission restrictions yes
ECTS 180
Obligatory minor subject no
Number of places 348

Why study Business Studies and Economics in the University of Konstanz?

  • Preparatory courses in mathematics
  • Five profile areas and many elective options
  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Practical semester and stay abroad possible (no extra time needed)
  • Courses taught in English

Content

Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

With a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies and Economics, you have great career perspectives – whether in the private sector, in public administration, international organizations, academia or education. If you would like to pursue a career in academia and/or become a teacher at a vocational school, you can continue your studies with one of our master's programmes.



Check out our Career Service’s interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Graduate studies

If you want to continue your studies, you can choose one of several master's programmes at the University of Konstanz:

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

From the start, you can set your individual focus and choose one of the five following study profiles:

  • Applied Economics: You use cutting-edge tools to analyze data and understand key current economic and societal challenges. Thus, you will be perfectly prepared for successful careers in business, the public sector, research institutions and NGOs, as well as for a diverse range of master's programmes.
  • Business Economics: You will focus on economic issues and problems related to the organization, management and strategy of companies. Applying economics concepts and data-analytical strategies to real-life situations prepares you to make better management decisions.
  • International Finance: You will concentrate on the financing of all kinds of things: companies, projects, your own livelihood. You also explore the interconnections between the many players in finance, institutions and governments.
  • Psychology and Human Resources: You will learn how humans make decisions and how you can use this knowledge in personnel economics, for example.
  • Economics and Business Education: You will acquire knowledge of basic economics, pedagogical and didactic theories and methods. By continuing with a master's programme, you have the option, among other things, to specialize in teaching and to effectively design learning processes in vocational schools or companies. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of economics (in MSc Economics and Business Education, programme concentration I) or choose a general required elective (political science, history, German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, sports (in MSc Economics and Business Education programme concentration II).


Please check the Exam regulations (partly in German) for more information about the programme structure.

Internship and study abroad

Internships

In the study profiles Applied Economics, Business Economics, International Finance as well as Psychology and Human Resources, the 5th semester is flexible so you can complete a longer internship (4.5 months) or study abroad.

Study abroad

We highly recommend studying abroad. We offer Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.

Impressions from students and lecturers

Hear from students and lecturers
In our interview series, students talk about their subject, teachers explain the department's research and tell you what topics they cover in seminars and lectures.

Please note: The study structure described in the videos corresponds to the previous examination regulations. In the winter semester 2023/2024, a new version of the examination regulations will come into effect and you will choose one of five profiles.

Get an impression
Discover online lectures and websites with more information about your prospective subject.

Requirements

What interests and skills should I have?

  • Interest in economic contexts
  • Good skills in mathematics
  • Good English skills
  • Ability to think analytically

PocketGuide – Get to know the study programme
Is the BScEconomics at the University of Konstanz something for you? Find out everything about studying economics at the University of Konstanz in our PocketGuide (in German). You can take your first lessons and quizzes on subject contents of economics and test your expectations of your studies.

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You do not have to document any additional foreign language skills.

German language skills
International applicants need to submit documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, you may submit other recognized language tests or recognized school certificates. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you have to submit an accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

The languages of instruction in the bachelor’s programme are German and English.

Admission requirements

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.

For details, please see the admission regulations.

Documentation Orientation Test
When applying for admission at universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg, you have to document having taken an orientation test. The Baden-Württemberg orientation test is the most widely used test. Please send in your certificate of participation along with your application documents.

Fees

Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for certain international students
Since winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg has required some international students to pay tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following students are not required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain “Bildungsinländer” (e.g. non-EU citizens with a German “Abitur”). More detailed information can be found here.

Each year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the university’s “Begabtenbefreiungssatzung” (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). More detailed information can be found here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students are required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies. More detailed information can be found here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 09.05. - 15.07. (winter semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

During the online application process, you will need to enter various kinds of information (school grades, attendance periods etc.) and upload various PDF documents. Please make sure that you have the relevant documentation ready. This may include:

  • your Abitur certificate (German general higher education entrance qualification)
  • documentation of any volunteering you may have done (FSJ, FÖJ etc.)
  • any documentation about vocational training you may have completed
  • any other required documents (medical certificate etc.)

An electronic assistant will guide you through the application process. Required fields are marked by an asterisk (*).

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