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. You will gain, above all, social-scientific knowledge and analytical skills. In addition to this, you will acquire sound knowledge and skills in the methods of empirical political and administration research. Your studies will also include solid foundations in neighbouring subjects (economics and law), as well as work experience and a stay abroad.


Degree Bachelor of Arts
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 180

Why study Politics and Public Administration in the University of Konstanz?

  • This is one of the most highly acclaimed departments of politics and public administration in Germany and worldwide
  • Our professors are internationally recognised
  • The study profile is remarkably interdisciplinary
  • Students gain a solid education in social-science research methods
  • There is a strong practical emphasis supported by an obligatory six months of practical experience and an extensive network of employers
  • The study programme has a pronounced international profile supported by an integrated period of study abroad at one of more than 140 partner universities around the globe, and the possibility of a working stay abroad
  • There are strong links with current research and the possibility of collaborating in numerous research projects
  • Comprehensive advice is available from a qualified team of advisors at all stages of your studies
  • Graduates have excellent professional perspectives in both the public and private sectors


Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

Typical work areas include:

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

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

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

The study of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz focuses on exciting, highly topical and varied issues. At the same time, the study programme offers an international, interdisciplinary education with an emphasis on methodology and practice, thus qualifying students to work professionally in many different areas.

The study programme consists of three parts:

  1. Basic study period (3 semesters, 12 lectures and 2 proseminars)
  2. Work experience ( 6 months)
  3. Advanced study period (2 semesters, 4 seminars, 3 required elective courses, bachelor's colloquium and thesis)

A stay abroad is an integral part of the study programme. You can spend it either at one of more than 140 partner universities in some 40 countries in and outside Europe, or as a working stay. You can find an exemplary course of the study programme in this table. Please click here to find out more about studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Humanities.

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

Internship and study abroad


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

Study abroad

Studying abroad for at least one semester at one of our more than 90 European and non-European partner universities is highly recommended. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.

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What interests and skills should I have?

  • An interest in current events in politics and society
  • A general knowledge of recent history
  • good understanding of maths
  • well-advanced English skills

Language skills

Foreign language skills
You do not have to proof any foreign language skills. However, good English skills are mandatory since the majority of the course literature is in English as well as the instruction language of some of the lectures and seminars.

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

The languages of instruction and examinations 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 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 (*).

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