Economics – Bachelor of Science


Undergraduate study programme leading to a first degree and providing qualifications and skills for future employment.

Studying Economics means: You will analyze large- and small-scale economic activities, i.e. developments in the global economy and individual companies.

This study programme will first introduce you to the basic principles of economics and business administration as well as the theoretical and mathematical methods that you will need to describe and analyze economic contexts. You can tailor your studies to match your personal interests by selecting a specialization track and by integrating an internship or study abroad semester into your curriculum.


Degree Bachelor of Science
Programme start Winter semester
Period of study 6 semesters
Application period 9.5. - 15.7.
Admission restrictions yes
ECTS 180
Obligatory minor subject no
Number of places 348

Why study Economics in the University of Konstanz?

  • Preparatory courses in mathematics
  • Six areas of concentration and numerous options
  • Can be combined with other disciplines
  • Support for a practical semester or stay abroad
  • Courses in part held in English.


Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

With a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Economics, you will enhance your career perspectives – whether in the private sector or public administration, in international organizations, in science or in 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 by applying to 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

After completing your first year of study, you can choose your individual study focus and select one of the following 6 study programme tracks:

Track A: Quantitative Economics: You will address questions in economics and finance by applying mathematical and statistical methods.

Track B: Economics and Business Education: You will focus on topics in education science, vocational education and business education. You will also deepen your knowledge of economics or choose a required general education elective:

- Area of specialization I: With this specialization, you will expand your knowledge of economics by attending additional courses in the areas of marketing and management, accounting and finance, industrial and labour market economics as well as economics and state.

- Area of specialization II: You will select a required general education elective. You can currently choose from 13 subjects: Political Science, History, German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Sports.

Track C: Human Resources Management: You will specialize in the management of human resources and learn how to design effective staff management and development measures.

Track D: International Financial Economics: You will focus on how international financial markets work.

Track E: Psychoeconomics: How do people make economic decisions? You will address this and similar questions by applying both economic and psychology models in your studies.

Track F: Applied Economics: Based on your own personal interests, you select courses in economics or other subjects.

The following illustration presents a sample study programme structure (in German only).

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

Internship and study abroad


The 5th and 6th semesters in the following study programme tracks are flexible enough for you to carry out a long-term internship (4.5 months) or to study abroad: Quantitative Economics, Human Resources Management, International Financial Economics and Applied Economics.

Study abroad

A period of study abroad is always highly recommended. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.

Impressions from students and lecturers

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What interests and skills should I have?

  • You are interested in economic processes and relationships
  • Good knowledge of mathematics
  • Good English skills
  • Ability to think analytically

PocketGuide – Get to know the study programme
Is the BSc. Economics 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 proof any foreign language skills.

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills. The University of Konstanz does not offer preparatory German language courses or approved German language exams. For this reason, you must submit accredited proof of your German language skills along with your application.

Language(s) of instruction

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 take an orientation test. The Baden-Württemberg orientation test is the most widely used test. Please send in your certificate of participation together with your application papers.


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: 9.5. - 15.7. (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 (*).

Application Guide
The PocketGuide Application will guide you as you take all the steps towards submitting a successful application to your first-choice study programme at the University of Konstanz.