School of Business and Economics

B.Sc. International Economics

The Program

The B.Sc. in International Economics offers you a fully-fledged degree in economics with a distinct international orientation. You will acquire the specialist knowledge and methodological skills to understand markets, assess the role of state regulation, evaluate economic policy on a sound basis and classify unemployment and inflation.

The program consists of two parts. The main part is a full economic education on theories, concepts and the terminology of economics.Students can set their own priorities, in particular the focus on "International Economic Relations".

In addition, however, and this is what distinguishes the Tübingen programme from other degree programmes, we offer the possibility of interdisciplinary study. On the one hand, students can study foreign languages at linguistic institutes. Depending on the language, this philological study component requires considerable prior knowledge. In some cases, such as Chinese and Japanese, it is also possible to acquire new languages. On the other hand, the programme offers the opportunity to supplement the economic perspective with other scientific disciplines, such as political science or geography.



During the seven semesters, students collect 180 ECTS credits. Thus, 30 ECTS credits are earned per semester. These are to be acquired through four to five modules of 6 or 9 ECTS credits each.
The curriculum includes the following basics:

  • basics of Business Administration
  • basics of the economics
  • methodological basics in mathematics, statistics
  • language and culture
  • key qualification

Bachelor with various options

The addition of interdisciplinary elements and foreign languages to the training programme offers a high degree of choice, which is defined in the form of specialisation in individual regions of the world. The following regions and languages are available, depending on the courses offered by other departments of our university:

  • America with two of the following languages: English, Spanish, Brazilian, French
  • Europe with two of the following languages: Danish, English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Czech
  • East Asia with Chinese, Japanese or Korean
  • South Asia with Hindi
  • Middle East with Arabic, Turkish or Persian

The interdisciplinary part of the programme is devoted to philological education and to political or historical studies. The selected region is mentioned in the bachelor's degree as a focus, provided that courses in politics or history of the region in question are also chosen during the course of study. The main part of the programme, economics, is independent of the chosen region and remains completely unaffected by it. Thus, one does not study economics geared to the chosen region, but complements the economic education with a more interdisciplinary perspective, such as language studies.

3 attractive areas of advanced undergraduate studies in the third year

  • Applied Economics
  • International Economics
  • Elective Studies

The focus area Elective Studies allows you to choose from a great variety of courses: Banking & Finance, Financial Accounting and Business Taxation, Managerial Accounting & Organisation, Marketing, International Business, Political Science, Geography, History, Culture of China / Japan / Corea / India, Civil Law, Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics, Computational Science

stay abroad

A one-semester stay abroad at one of Tübingen's numerous partner universities must be completed (usually in the fifth semester). Whether in Europe (e.g. Aix-en-Provence, Pavia, Gothenburg, Budapest, Granada) or other parts of the world (USA, Canada, Australia, Latin America, China, South Africa), there are many possibilities. The semester abroad can be replaced by proof of an internship of at least three months abroad.


Program Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Georg Wamser


Deadlines and beginning

Application deadline: July 15

Program starts at the beginning of octobre.

Study fees

The program is free of tuition fees for all EU citizens.

International students and second-degree students plees see here


Graduates have very good career perspectives. In addition to the excellent reputation of a Tübingen degree course, graduates in economics also benefit from the increased practical relevance of the School of Business and Economics, the short period of study and the international orientation (see CHE ranking results).

In addition, graduates with a degree receive the Diploma Supplement, a document that explains the courses attended and successfully completed in an internationally understandable manner.
Companies and institutions appreciate the sound and transparent economic education in Tübingen.

The B.Sc. in International Economics prepares students for a successful and demanding career: in companies, in international institutions, in consulting, in government institutions or even as freelancers.

With this Bachelor programme, we also want to identify and promote the interest and talent of particularly ambitious students. For this purpose, we offer, among other things, research-oriented master's programs in Economics, which can also be converted into doctoral studies.