‘Bachelor of Science’ (BSc) in Business Information Systems

Studying Business Information Systems in Göttingen

Business Information Systems deals with the way in which IT solutions are structured, developed or implemented for business processes and the supply of information. Along with this, the degree programme takes the integration of private individuals and public administration into account. Study foci are the conception of application systems and e-business solutions as well as the management of information processing. In the master's degree programme that follows and builds upon this programme, deeper knowledge can be gained in further specialised subjects.

General information

  • The bachelor's programme in business information systems is accredited by ZEvA Hannover (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Ageny).
  • Language: German
  • The programme is successfully completed when 180 credits have been acquired.
  • The standard period of study is six semesters.
  • Enrolment is possible every semester (both summer and winter).
  • Acceptance in the bachelor's programme requires well-founded knowledge of the English language, math, statistics and information and communication systems (ICS). Students whose knowledge in the areas of English, math and ICS is poor are recommended to improve their proficiency before beginning the programme. For non-German students, a well-founded knowledge of the German language is necessary because the language of instruction for the bachelor's programme is German.
  • Mathematics must be completed in the first year of study. Every semester before the start of lectures, the faculty offers the Maths Pre-course for first-year students (in German). In this course, contents of the school mathematics (regarding German high school students) are repeated and the students are prepared for the lecture "Mathematics" in the 1st semester.
  • Please note that the module Introduction to Computer Science and Programming is only offered in the winter semester, the module Introduction to Computer Systems is only offered in the summer semester.

The programme provides students with a solid foundation in general and subject-specific career skills and lays the academic foundation for advanced studies, such as enrolment in a master's programme.
The bachelor's programme in business information systems is a degree programme with limited admission. The general admission requirements of the university apply for the programme. Application for admission can be completed through the online application to the Office of Student Affairs.
The bachelor's programme in business information systems is divided into the orientation phase (1st and 2nd semester) and a specialisation phase (3rd to 6th semester).

Programme structure:

For a start in the winter semester

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For a start in the summer semester

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In the orientation phase, students acquire basic knowledge in business information systems (Information and Communication Systems), informatics (Informatics I, which is only offered every winter semester), business (Finance, Financial Statements as well as Markets) and in economics (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics). In addition, students take courses in the fields of mathematical and statistical methods (Mathematics and Statistics).

In the specialisation phase of the programme, bachelor students will enhance their knowledge in business information systems, informatics and business in specified areas. During in-depth studies, students must also complete the courses Management of Information Economics, Management of Information Systems, Informatics II (only offered every summer semester), a programming language (compulsory modules) as well as three courses from the following: Corporate Taxes, Production and Logistics, Corporate Management and Organisation, Internal Corporate Accounting, and Procurement and Sales. Thereafter, students select a specialisation in the areas of business information systems and informatics.

Furthermore, students receive in-depth knowledge in business and/or economics through courses they may select themselves (so-called optional compulsory and optional courses respectively). Students must also complete a project seminar and a term paper seminar.

The Faculty of Business and Economics offers you many opportunities to study one or two semesters at an international partner university. There are three different programmes, each with different partner universities and application deadlines:

  • Erasmus+: You will study at one of the more than 60 partner universities of the Faculty in other European countries (only students of the Faculty of Business and Economics can apply for these programmes).
  • Worldwide faculty programmes: You will study at one of the numerous partner universities of the Faculty of Business and Economics abroad, e.g. in the USA, Latin America, South Africa, Japan, China, South Korea and Thailand (only students of the Faculty of Business and Economics can apply for these programmes).
  • Worldwide university programmes: You study at a partner university of the University of Göttingen, e.g. in Australia, India, the USA, Canada or China (all students of the University can apply for these programmes).

If you go abroad within the framework of one of the above-mentioned programmes, you usually do not have to pay tuition fees for studying at a foreign partner university (the University of Mississippi charges reduced tuition fees). Some programmes even receive additional financial support from the German Academic Exchange Service. Comprehensive information about the programmes, application deadlines and contact persons can be found here.

In our Database you can see which achievements/modules of other universities in Göttingen have already been recognized (in German). In order to keep your choice of course abroad as flexible as possible, we recommend that you complete modules from the elective area of your respective degree programme abroad.

If you would like to get into contact with other international and German students during your studies in Göttingen, please take a look at our Study Buddy Programme and our Exchange@WIWI events: www.uni-goettingen.de/de/613540.html. Both programmes serve to network international and local Göttingen students.

In order to apply the acquired knowledge in practice, to gain first work experience or to get to know possible relevant professional fields - the Faculty of Business and Economics welcomes students to gain practical experience during their studies. Therefore, you have the possibility to have a voluntary internship in the elective area of your studies credited under certain conditions. You can find detailed information here.
Job portal of the University of Göttingen with external job offers: Stellenwerk Göttingen (in German)
Career opportunities for graduates of the bachelor's programme are diverse and the job market is characterized by a high demand for highly qualified IT workers. Well trained experts are in demand.

This include tasks that are conducted by computer specialists and system analysts. Bachelor's degree holders have the task of planning, documenting and implementing hardware and software, as well as understanding various organizational effects. This includes problem solving and necessary modifications or new developments of concepts. Examples of various occupations in this field include:

  • Computer centre and user service expert
  • Organisation and systems analyst
  • Consultant
  • Sales
  • Software developer
  • Bachelor's degree holders may also find opportunities in the implementation and adaption of business standards software (for example SAP).

In addition, bachelor's degree holders may work in hybrid occupations. These may be conducted by so-called hybrid experts who have knowledge of the business problem and are capable of designing IT solutions. These individuals are often employed in a coordinating function between the operating department and the IT department. Concrete examples of positions include:

  • Project head
  • Project coordinator
  • Systems analyst

The above mentioned fields are either: (1) within the data processing (DP) department (for example, system analysis, user consulting, DP control or (2) outside of the DP department in business-oriented operations departments with distinct DP references, such as organisation.

Additionally, a bachelor's degree offers the possibility for further studies such as enrolling in a master's programme in Germany or abroad. In Göttingen, completing a bachelor's degree with good grades can increase the chance of gaining admission to the master's programme in business information systems to attain the degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Business Information Systems, and to the master's programme in applied statistics to attain a Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Statistics.