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Economics (B.A.)

Wanted: thinking on a global scale! Alongside well-founded basic training in economics, business administration and empirical methods, students can select academic foci in a variety of areas such as institutional economics, European integration or development economics.
English language courses from guest lecturers, courses in Business English and the possibility of a semester abroad top off your international education.
A good degree qualifies students for the Master's degree programmes in International Economics (with an option for a double degree in cooperation with the University of Groningen) or in Development Economics (with an option for a double degree in cooperation with the University of Stellenbosch) as well as for Master's degree programmes in Applied Statistics or in Taxation.


Field of study: Economics
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Typical length of study: 6 semesters
Start: winter and summer semester
Language of the programme: German

Admission to the winter semester 2018/19:

  • 1st subject semester: limited admission (application to the University)
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: limited admission (application to the University)
  • International applicants (non-EU): limited admission (application to International Student Services)


The degree programme is divided into two phases: the orientation phase (1st and 2nd semester) and the advanced/ specialisation phase (3rd to 6th semester).

In the orientation phase students are expected first, to learn the different ways of posing problems and their respective methods of resolution, and second, to become acquainted with neighbouring disciplines. Apart from business and pure economics, the focus will be on the fields of computing as well as relevant economic aspects of mathematics, statistics and law.

The main period of study is dedicated to gaining an in-depth and specialised understanding of economics. Most credits are obtained in (compulsory and compulsory elective) units of pure economics. These units comprise important areas of economics such as economic policy, finance, applied economic research, and monetary or labour economics. Since the main focus of economics in Göttingen is on international economic relations, many of the units offered are based on topics central to European and international economics.

Other units included in the programme are units of business studies. Students may also opt for units of particular personal or vocational interest to obtain credits in the interdisciplinary part of the programme (e.g. courses in the field of quantitative methods, economic and social history or business psychology). Finally, students have to prove very good English skills (for example by taking classes in Business English).

The programme is fully structured, meaning that credit requirements are set. The degree is successfully completed when 180 credits are earned. The bachelor's programme in economics is organized in two parts, the orientation phase (first and second semesters) and a specialization phase (the third through sixth semesters).

During the orientation phase, which is generally the same as in all other bachelor's programmes of the Faculty of Business and Economics, you will develop skills in fundamental questions and answers to economic sciences as well as to some important and related disciplines. In addition to knowledge in business and economics, you will learn, for example, about relevant mathematical and statistical methods. The required courses help you develop the technical and methodological basis in order to specialize in economics during your bachelor's studies.

The second part of the programme is the specialization phase. The courses in economics covers economic policy, public finance, empirical economic research, and monetary theory or labour economics. A particular focus of economics in Göttingen is international economic relations. As part of the programme, there are also several electives that you can chose from the subject of business administration. In an interdisciplinary part, you can pick from courses in other areas based on your own interests and career goals. Proof of very good knowledge of English is a requirement (for example, by completing a business English course).

A fundamental education about essential economic interdependences and about international economic relations are good stepping stones both career-wise and for furthering your studies at the graduate level. The University of Göttingen offers excellent conditions for meeting the new requirements of a modern education in economics.

A special feature of studying economics in Göttingen is the strong international focus: in both research and teaching, the main focus is the analysis of international relationships, the special conditions of EU member countries, regional economic issues, as well as empirical and experimental economics research. The University of Göttingen also has Germany's largest focus and field in the area of development economics research. The programmes are also international: an increasing number of courses in economics are offered in English.

International guest lecturers often contribute to the English language offerings with regular lectures on international economics. In addition, the Faculty offers partnerships with renowned universities in Europe, China, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Latin America, Australia, Indonesia, and the US, so that its possible to participate in a semester abroad during your bachelor's studies.

If you decide to study economics, you should be interested in general economic issues and have a good or advanced background in mathematics and English.

The internationalisation of economies, together with an increasingly transnational segmentation of the value chain, has led to an ever-growing international interdependence of companies; the demand for a labour force that thinks and acts global has never been so high. A sound knowledge of the economic coherences within an economy, of companies' decision-making bases, of how household and state interact, and of the advantages of the growing international integration as well as skills in quantitative methods and Business English are key competencies for a successful entry into professional life in various fields, or lay the foundations for a career in academia.

Thanks to the university's international focus, bachelor alumni may choose from various kinds of occupations, such as:

  • in national and international companies and consultancies,
  • in banks and insurance companies,
  • and in private as well as public organisations.

The bachelor degree also offers the possibility to continue studies in a master's programme either at home or abroad. In Göttingen, for example, a bachelor alumni with a good grade may apply for the four-semester long master's programmes in International Economics (German/ English skills required), in Development Economics (English-language programme), in Taxation (German skills required) or in Applied Statistics (German/English skills required) or in History of Global Markets (German or English (proficiency in both English and German is recommended)).

Applicants interested in the M.A. in International Economics or the M.A. in Development Economics have also the option to apply for a two-year-English-language double degree programme in cooperation with the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (International Economics) and in cooperation with the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and the University of Florence, Italy (Development Economics), respectively.