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. In this way, you can adapt your study plan to match your personal career goals.
|Degree||Bachelor of Science|
|Programme start||Winter semester|
|Period of study||6 semesters|
|Application period||27.05. - 15.7.|
|Obligatory minor subject||no|
|Number of places:||348|
Why study Economics at 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
With a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Economics, you will enhance your career perspectives – whether in the private sector, in international organizations, banks or insurance companies, in education or public administration.
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.
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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).
Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).
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.
A period of study abroad is always highly recommended. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.
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
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
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.
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 some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be 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' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.
Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.
Application and application documents
This study programme has admission restrictions.
An application is possible during the following period: 27.05. - 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.
You will find an overview of the required application documents in your Zulassungsantrag (application for admission), which you will receive at the end of your online application.