Politics and Public Administration – Bachelor of Arts


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

During your studies you will be dealing with themes concerning politics and public administration as well as issues involving the theory of management and administration. The main aim of the programme is to convey social-scientific specialist knowledge and analytical skills, particularly in the areas of political science, administrative science and management theory. In detail, you will acquire knowledge of the political system in Germany, the theory of states and democracies, comparative politics and policy analysis, international relations and European organisation, as well as the foundations of administration science, human resources and organisation management, strategy and leadership. In addition to this, you will acquire sound knowledge and skills in the methods of empirical political and administration research. Statistics and a basic knowledge of related disciplines (economics and law) are also part of the study programme.     

For further informations see the study plan.


DegreeBachelor of Arts
Programme startWinter semester
Language(s)Deutsch | Englisch
Period of study6 semesters
Application deadline17.5. –  15.7.
Admission restrictionsyes
Number of places:189

Why study Politics and Public Administration at Konstanz?

You will be studying with internationally distinguished professors and lecturers at one of the most reputable departments for politics and public administration, both nationally and internationally. The department offers you a strong practical emphasis through the internship and at the same time is keen to ensure that you become well-acquainted with current research in the lectures and seminars. Another strong feature of the study programme is the creation of solid foundations in social scientific research methods. This enables you to critically assess current research and provides you with the foundations for independent scientific work. The department’s strong research profile provides numerous opportunities to work together on research projects. In addition to this, the department cultivates good contacts with universities within and outside Europe, so that you have a wide choice of partner universities for a semester abroad.



Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

This broad-based field of study, plus your individually chosen special areas open up access to a great variety of professional activities. As a specialist at the interface of the market and the state you can choose between numerous occupations at national and international level. The most popular fields of activity chosen by our graduates are:

  • Public administration at federal and individual state level, local government
  • Parties, organisations, associations, 
  • International organisations, 
  • Development cooperation
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Management in the private sector, business consulting, human resources management
  • Science and research

Graduate studies

If you want to continue your studies, you can choose one of several master's programmes at the University of Konstanz. You can find an overview of available master's programme on the departmental website.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

The bachelor's programme is composed of a period of basic studies (3 semesters), practical professional training (6 months) and a period of advanced studies (2 semesters).
The basic studies consist of 4 modules in which students acquire foundation knowledge in the main subject area, basic knowledge in related subjects as well as a knowledge of research methods. The period of foundation studies is followed by a six-month internship. During the following advanced study period you will expand your specialist knowledge and choose areas of focus depending on your interests. At the end of your studies you will write your bachelor's thesis.

You will find detailed information about the individual course contents on the departmental website (in German).

Additional information about the programme structure is available at the exam regulations (in German).

Internship and abroad


In the fourth semester you will be involved in a six-month internship. You can carry out your internship in private or state, national or international institutions.  
The department (in German) is here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

The department recommends you to study abroad for at least one semester at one of our more than 90 European and non-European partner universities. This enables you to gain new perspectives in your study area, to improve your language skills and develop your intercultural competences. The credits you gain abroad can be recognised as part of your degree, so that your stay abroad does not lengthen your period of study.


What interests and skills should I have?

The department concentrates especially on an empirical-analytical approach to political science and provides you with a firm grounding in the foundations of quantitative research methods. For this reason it is essential that you have a command of mathematics at upper secondary school level. The programme is taught in German and English. You need good English skills already at the start of your studies to read the relevant international literature. In addition to this, you will find it useful to have a general knowledge of the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, the European Union and a basic knowledge of 19th and 20th century world history. You also need to have a definite interest in present-day politics and society. If there are some gaps in certain areas of your basic knowledge but you are prepared to catch up before or during your studies, you will be well equipped to complete your studies with success.

Language skills

Admission requirements

General entry requirements

Applicants with German higher education entrance qualification:

  • general higher education entrance qualification or
  • subject-specific higher education entrance qualification 
  • university entrance for working applicants without higher education entrance qualification (special provisions)

Applicants with higher education entrance qualification from abroad:

  • general or subject-specific German higher education entrance qualification
  • school graduation that permits higher education entrance in the home country and is recognised as equal to the German higher education entrance qualification 
  • assessment test (Studienkolleg (preparatory course))

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 (in German) is the most widely used test. Other recognised orientation tests are listed on the university websites (in German). Please send in your certificate of participation together with your application papers.


This study programme has admission restrictions. In a selection process 90% of the places are allocated to the most suitable applicants and 10% of the places are given to applicants with the longest waiting times. The admissions procedure will take into account especially the following criteria:

  1. an average grade in the higher education entrance qualification (with 15/16 weighting);
  2. completed vocational training or professional experience in an area relevant to the course of study (e.g. training in administration - intermediate/higher civil service, industrial clerk, assistant tax accountant);
  3. voluntary involvement in leadership positions in political and social organisations (e.g. school student representative,  (youth) member of a local council, youth group leader). Points 2. + 3. combined are weighted 1/16.

You will find the current regulations for the selection process according to suitability criteria or the aptitude test in the admission regulations (in German).

The study programme begins in the winter semester only. The application deadline is 15 July. There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). Please consult the university website for more information.

Application documents

You can find an overview of all required application documents in your application for admission. You will get this application at the end of the online application process.