Economics – Bachelor of Science

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

When studying economics, you will gain the skills to understand how economic science works in both large-scale and small-scale contexts, i.e. in international economics and individual businesses. You will learn various theoretical models that describe economic relationships, as well as mathematical methods that enable you to apply your skills independently. Six different areas of concentration enable you to set your own individual field of focus, ranging from macroeconomics to business education, finance, psycho-economics, or a separate minor subject of your own choice.

Overview

DegreeBachelor of Science
Programme startWinter semester
Period of study6 semesters
Application period14.5. - 15.7.
Admission restrictionsyes
ECTS180
Obligatory minor subjectno
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.

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Content

Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Typical work areas include:

  • Private sector
  • Public administration
  • International organisations
  • Science and research
  • Teaching at a vocational school


You can find out more about career entry in the 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

The study programme has 8 modules. After completing your first year you will choose one of the following 6 options as an area of concentration:
Area of concentration A: Quantitative economics: You will gain deeper insights into financial and economic issues using quantitative research methods.
Area of concentration B: Economics education (B): You will focus on educational, vocation educational and economics educational issues. In addition to this, you will also decide on a programme concentration:
Programme concentration I: This choice enables you to expand your knowledge of economics by attending additional courses in the fields of marketing & management, accounting & finance, industrial and labour market economics and economics & state.
Programme concentration II: You will study a required elective general education subject. Currently you have a choice of 13 subjects: political science, history, German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry or sport.
Area of concentration C: Business education: Your studies will focus on questions surrounding the qualification training and development of human resources in companies and organisations and you will develop basic personnel management measures.
Area of concentration D: International financial economics: You will focus especially on the topics of capital market, business formation and company financing, corporate governance and international monetary economics.
Area of concentration E: Psycho-economics: You can choose a minor or a variety of courses within or outside the Department of Economics. Currently we offer the following minors: political science, public administration or law, computer science, sociology, philosophy, history or British and American studies.
Area of concentration F: Applied economics: This area of concentration characteristically has relatively few specified compulsory classes. These are mainly in business studies. You will definitely be dealing with marketing issues (Which marketing instruments are there, and how can they be used most effectively?), econometrics I (How can I use data to investigate whether a higher level of income really correlates with higher consumer spending?), investment and financing (Should a company preferably buy or lease a new machine?) and private law (How is a contract structured, and under which conditions is it effective?).
In addition to this, you can either study a minor subject from a different discipline, or you can choose courses according to your own interests in economics, or from neighbouring disciplines (such as political science, law, British and American Studies).


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

Internship and study abroad

Internships

All of the above 6 areas include an internship of at least 6 weeks. If you are studying business education, an additional internship of at least 4 weeks in a school is required. The department and our Career Service are here to help you find a suitable placement.

Study abroad

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

Requirements

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

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.

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 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: 14.5. - 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

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.

Application

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