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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - School of Business and Economics

Bachelor's course Economics

Study Data and Facts

Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Standard time of completing courses: 6 semester (3 years)

Extent od study: 180 ECTS credit points (LP)

Language of study: compulspry courses in German; disciplinary compulsory elective courses are taught in German or English. The literature is mostly in English.

Start of study: winter term (october). Academic calendars and deadlines

Semester fee: The semester fee covers an enrollment fee, contribution to student services and also a semester ticket for public transport (ABC + bicycle). You will find detailed information on this homepage
Overview study programme

The Bachelor's programme in Economics offers a comprehensive, fundamental education in economic science with a quantitative-methodological orientation. The  study is supplemented by the interdisciplinary elective area, in which the opportunity is given to study modules at other faculties of the HU, to deepen one's knowledge of languages or to learn new ones, to take vocational preparation courses at the Career Center or to complete an internship. The Bachelor's thesis completes the course of study.

The Bachelor's programme in Economics comprises the following areas:

Economics (48 LP)
Business administration (18/24 LP)
Law (5 LP)
Mathematics, Statistics, Introduction to Econometrics (30/36 LP)
Disciplinary Compulsory Elective Area (36 LP)
Interdisciplinary Compulsory Elective Area (25 LP)
Bachelor Thesis (12 LP)

Interests and skills you should bring with you

- Interest in economic interrelationships
- Enthusiasm for complex questions
- Fun with mathematics
- Motivation, independence and self-discipline

In preparation for your decision for the Bachelor in Economics we recommend the following mathematics self test. It will give you important information about the current state of your mathematical knowledge. Link to the mathematics self-test

The prerequisities for study are a general or restricted university admission qualification.

Applications for the first semester of the Bachelor's programme in Economics must be submitted within the period from 1 June to 15 July of the year. Further links:

Study Programmes and Application at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
NC values and answers to frequently asked questions

The application for a higher semester (university change/cross entry) can be made for the winter semester (deadline: 1 June to 15 July of the year) or for the summer semester (deadline: 1 December to 15 Janurar of the year). Further information on placement in a higher semester can be found on the homepage of the examination office.
Structure of study (in detail)


Compulsory Area (77 LP):


  • Economics I: Introduction to Economics and Economic History (6 LP)
  • Economics II: Microeconomics I (6 LP)
  • Economics III: Macroeconomics I (6 LP)
  • Economics IV: Microeconomics II (6 LP)
  • Economics V: Macroeconomics II (6 LP)
  • Mathematics I (6 LP)
  • Mathematics II (6 LP)
  • Statistics I (6 LP)
  • Statistics II (6 LP)
  • Introduction to Econometrics (6 LP)
  • Law (5 LP)
  • Bachelor Thesis (12 LP)


Disciplinary Compulsory Elective Area (78 LP):


Area A: At least 12 LP are required from the following modules:

  • Applied Microeconomics (6 LP)
  • Labour Economics (6 LP)
  • Introduction to Game Theory (6 LP)
  • Monetary Economics (6 LP)
  • Foundations of Public Finance (6 LP)


Area B: At least 18 LP are required from the following modules:

  • Financial Accounting I (6 LP)
  • Management Accounting I (6 LP)
  • Strategy, Organization, and Information Technology (6 LP)
  • Marketing and E-Business (6 LP)
  • Foundations of Corporate Finance I (6 LP)
  • Foundations of Corporate Finance II (6 LP)


Area C: In Addition at least 6 LP are to be chosen from economic modules and at least 6 LP are to be chosen from business or quantitative methods (Econometrics, Statistics) moduls. 36 LP credits are to be chosen from the modules offered by the School of Economics and Business Administration (Economics, Business Administration, Quantitative Methods). This area is very well suited for the recognition of modules with economic science content (eg from a semester abroad). 

If more than 30 LP are completed in areas A and B, area C is reduced accordingly.


Interdisciplinary Compulsory Elective Area (ÜWP, 25 LP - ungraded):

Interdisciplinary Compulsory Elective Area has a volume of 25 credits. If grades are obtained, they are not taken into account in the calculation of the overall score. The following are eligible for this area:


  • Interdisciplinary Compulsory Elective modules of other faculties at HU
  • Language courses of the language centre (except language courses in the respective mother tongue or official language of the home country as well as German courses for foreigners under the level C1 GER)
  • Courses of the Career Centre (excluding introductory courses in economics and law)
  • Interdisciplinary and professional courses from other universities
  • Interdisciplinary and professional courses from abroad
  • Internship (at least 6 weeks full-time, 10 credits)
  • Portfolio Management Programm (PMP) https://www.esmt.org/degree-programs/masters-management/curriculum/portfolio-management-program

Additional information for the internship:

The internship must be related to the subject of study, which must be explained in an accompanying letter (approx. 2 pages). In addition, an internship certificate (task description, duration of the internship and weekly working hours) must be submitted to the examination office. The internship must have a duration of at least 6 weeks full-time. "Full time" can vary in the companies, in some companies "full time" is also 38 h or 39 h per week. An internship of at least 12 weeks with half of the regular full-time working time is also recognized. The internship must be completed during your studies. A completed commercial apprenticeship is also recognised as an internship.

Employment contracts as student assistants in universities or scientific research institutions are not counted as internships.

Additional information for the Bachelor thesis:

In the Bachelor's thesis, the students prove that they are able to work on a topic from their specialist area independently and scientifically. The deadline for writing the bachelor thesis is 60 calendar days. As a rule, the thesis should have a length of 60,000 characters without spaces (approx. 25 - 30 pages without appendix).

The application documents for the Bachelor's thesis are available at the examination office. Admission to the Bachelor's thesis is granted when all compulsory modules have been passed and the requirements defined by the examiner have been met.

Procedure: You can pick up the registration documents at the examination office. On the registration form, the examiner will note and sign the topic to be worked on and the date of the topic issue. This registration must then be submitted immediately to the examination office. Afterwards you will be informed in writing about the registration and all related deadlines.

You will find information and form proposals in the ""Guide to scientific work". Please also observe any regulations of your examiner.

Further links:

Course catalogue and the study and examination regulations (in German)
Semester abroad
Study guide (pdf for download in German)

Graduate studies