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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 summer semester 2018:

  • 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 Office)

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 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 skill required).

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.