School of Business and Economics

FAQs

Information for entering students

When does the lecture period begin and when does it end?

The lecture time varies every year as well as the lecture-free time. You can find the current dates and those of the next semesters under the semester dates and application deadlines on the university website.

How do I sign up for classes?

You do not have to register for most of the courses offered by the School of Business and Economics. The Campus-Portal indicates whether and how you have to apply for the respective courses. The compulsory lectures are almost all without compulsory attendance, therefore you attend the course without having to prove your attendance or register for it. This may vary in the higher semesters, please refer to the respective information in the Campus Portal or the information on the websites of the individual chairs.

What is a tutorial or practice course? Do I have to attend the tutorials and register for them?

Tutorials or practice courses usually take place in the context of a larger lecture, for example the tutorial on the lecture "Mathematics for Economics and Business Adminstration". In a lecture the material or examples are presented. In a tutorial, meanwhile, tutors discuss exercises accompanying the lecture in smaller groups. Usually, the tutorials take place weekly and serve mainly to illustrate the discussed material in the lecture. Please note the respective registration deadlines for the tutorials, which are usually announced in the first lecture. (Sometimes it is not necessary to register for the tutorials.)

How do I sign up for exams?

You can register for the exams during the registration phase via the campus portal. To do this, please look under the tab "Exam administration / Examination registration and deregistration". Now you can select the respective modules of your course of studies and register the corresponding event. You can also cancel your registration for the examination during the entire registration phase. You will then no longer be able to unsubscribe afterwards, nor will you be able to register for an exam. For the registration of your language courses, please contact your lecturer; this also applies to extra-curricular courses in the field of Elective Studies (computer science, psychology, maths, ...). If you receive a certificate ("Schein") for your examination performance, please bring it to the Examination Office (submit original and copy). Please note the separate registration periods for the main and follow-up dates. If you have any questions, please contact the Examination Office at Haußerstrasse 11.

If you are not enrolled in a major or minor degree programme in the School of Business and Economics, participation in examinations is only possible for students of certain courses of study in the context of the neighbouring programme ("Nachbarfach"). You can download the relevant information sheet here. The registration for the examination is done in a written form at the examination office during the same registration period.

Application for switching courses of study, studying two courses of study simultanously

I would like to apply for a Bachelor's degree at the School of Economics and Business Administration. How do I proceed? Are there any information on admissions from last year?

In general, this link provides you with all the information you need to apply for a Bachelor's degree, both in the main subject and in the minor subject. The application deadline for first-year bachelor students is 15 July for the respective winter semester (applications must be received by the Student Secretariat by this date).

Information on the number of applicants in the previous year can be found here.

Admission to higher semesters of a bachelor major

There are restrictions on admission to higher semesters in all bachelor programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in International Economics
  • Bachelor of Education in Wirtschaftswissenschaft

Currently, applications are possible for both the summer term (deadline January 15) and the winter term (deadline July 15). Prerequisite for the admission to a higher semester is a minimum number of recognized credits from the field of economics and business, as well as a free spot in the desired programs in the corresponding semester. Please refer to the examinations office about whether your previous coursework is sufficient to apply for admission. The application form for the admission to a higher semester can be found here.

Information on possible changes when applying for a higher semester can be found here.

Higher semester master programmes

There are restrictions on admission to higher semesters in all master programs.

Currently, applications are possible for both the summer term (deadline January 15) and the winter term (deadline July 15). Prerequisites for the admission to a higher semester are a professional qualification from the field of business and economics graded “good” (2.5 or better), a minimum number of recognized credits from the field economics and business, and a free study place in the corresponding semester.

Please refer to the examination office about getting your credits from previous coursework recognized. Information on how to apply for admission to a higher semester can be found in the their section about Admission to a Higher Semester.

Information on possible changes when applying for a higher semester can be found here.

Higher semester bachelor minor

There is no application process for admission to a higher semester of a minor bachelor subject in economics or business administration. The only requirement is that a sufficient number of credits can be recognized as equivalent to the courses offered by the University of Tübingen. Please refer to the examination office about whether your previous coursework is sufficient.

I would like to enrol and need a certificate of academic counselling in order to do so. How do I proceed?

You will find the form you need to register on this page. We will be happy to advise you and issue the form for you during our office hours. If you need the form very urgently for enrolment and cannot reach someone in our office immediately, you can extend the deadline for enrolment at the Student Administration (in person during opening hours or by telephone). We will then be able to advise you on the next possible date.

Orientation exam in main and minor subject

Which modules are part of the orientation exam and how many attempts do I have?

Please first note the examination regulations according to which you are studying.

In the main subject:

  • First-year students that started studying before the 2018/19 winter semester: According to § 8 (1) of the respective special part of the examination regulations, the orientation examination consists of five of the following examination papers: Introduction to Economics, Explorative Data Analysis, Macroeconomics, Mathematics for Economics and Business Administration, Microeconomics, Book-keeping, Risk and Probability.
    For the five examinations that are part of the orientation examination, you have two examination attempts each, for the other two examinations you can take a third examination attempt. The orientation examination must be completed by the end of the third semester.
  • First-year students starting their studies in the winter semester 2018/19 or later as well as students who have changed to the new examination regulations 2018: According to § 8 (1) in the respective special part of the examination regulations, the orientation exam consists of the following four examination achievements during the course of study: Introduction to Business Administration, Explorative Data Analysis, Macroeconomics I, Mathematics for Economics and Business Administration, Microeconomics, Risk and Probability. For each of the four examinations that are part of the orientation examination, you have two examination attempts; for the other two examinations, you can take a third examination attempt. The orientation examination must be completed by the end of the third subject semester.

In the minor subject:

Please note the examination regulations according to which you are studying.

  • First-year students that started before the 2018/19 winter semester
    • In the minor course Business Administration, the orientation examination consists of 18 ECTS credits from the following modules: Introduction to economics, book-keeping, mathematics for economics and business administration, basic module statistics, basic module accounting and financing, basic module communication and information or basic module economics. You have two examination attempts for each of the examination papers included in the orientation examination, and three examination attempts for each of the remaining examinations. The orientation examination must be completed by the end of the third semester.
    • In the minor course of Economics, the orientation examination consists of 18 ECTS credits from the following modules: Introduction to economics, mathematics for economics and business administration, basic module statistics, basic module economics, advanced module economics. You have two examination attempts for each of the examination papers included in the orientation examination, and three examination attempts for each of the other remaining examinations. The orientation examination must be completed by the end of the third semester.
  • First-year students starting in the winter semester 2018/19 or later as well as students who have changed to the new examination regulations 2018:

    • In the minor course Business Administration, the orientation examination consists of 18 ECTS credits from the following modules, which are taken during the course of study:
      Introduction to business administration, book-keeping, mathematics for economics and business administration, microeconomics, basic module statistics, basic module accounting and financing, basic module communication and information.
      For each examination that is part of the orientation examination, you have two examination attempts each, for the remaining examinations three examination attempts each. The orientation examination must be completed by the end of the third semester.

    • In the minor course Economics, the orientation examination consists of 18 ECTS credits from the following modules, which are taken during the course of study: 
      Macroeconomics I, mathematics for economics and business administration, Basic Module Statistics, Basic Area Economics.
      For each examination that is part of the orientation examination, you have two examination attempts each, for the remaining examinations three examination attempts each. The orientation examination must be completed by the end of the third semester.

studying abroad

What possibilities are there to complete a semester abroad and where can I get information about the application procedure, the options and formalities?

In order to complete a semester abroad, it is important that you have enough time for planning. The application deadlines for the individual Erasmus (EU) and overseas programmes vary considerably and often require the relevant documents more than one year before the start of the semester abroad.
For more information on how to apply and the deadlines, see the links below.

Erasmus

International Office

I am returning from abroad and would like to have my courses credited, how do I proceed?

After an exciting semester abroad, it is now important to have the courses taken credited by the University of Tübingen. There are some formalities to be observed. A total of 36 ECTS credits can be credited in the Bachelor's programme for the economics modules and 9 ECTS credits for the language and key qualifications module. The crediting is carried out by the respective chairs. Since crediting usually has to be carried out at several chairs one after the other and takes some time to process, you should allow sufficient time for crediting and do this as early as possible after your return from the semester abroad.

The following steps must be observed when crediting courses:

  1. Yellow routing slip: The Examination Office is responsible for the final crediting and registration of the courses in your Transcript of Records. All courses have to be entered on a yellow routing slip which can be obtained from the service office of the Examination Office.
  2. On the respective homepages of the chairs you will usually find a concrete list of which documents are required for crediting. This can vary for the different chairs.
  3. You will find the grade conversion table and the information sheet for the recognition of foreign academic achievements on the Homepage of the Examination Office.

Language courses

I am a student of B.Sc. International Business Administration, what choice do I have for languages?

First of all, you can choose between two options:

  • a: language training in two business languages of your choice (English, French, Spanish, Italian)
  • b: Education in a language and culture of the East Asian region (Sinology, Japanology, Korean Studies)

In specialisation b) you will take advantage of the offer of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Tübingen.

In specialisation a) you will attend the language courses of the Language Learning Centre (Fachsprachenzentrum) of the University of Tübingen. The aim is to reach the UNIcertIII level (equivalent to C1 according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages) or the UNIcertII level in Italian by the end of your studies.

At the beginning of the first semester you will take a placement test, which will determine your language level and will allow you to be assigned to a specific course. From then on, you will increase your course level by one level each semester until you can take the UNIcert III exam.

You can find more information about the concrete course of the courses here.

I am a student of B.Sc. International Economics, what choice do I have for languages?

Here you have five different specializations, from which you can choose one:

  1. American Studies (2 languages to choose from: English, Spanish, Brazilian, French)
  2. East Asian Studies (1 language to choose from Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
  3. European Studies (2 languages to choose from: Danish, English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Swedish)
  4. Middle Eastern Studies (1 language to choose from Arabic, Turkish, Persian)
  5. South Asian Studies (choose the language Hindi)

Your courses in this area are offered by the Faculty of Humanities.

You can find more information about the concrete course of your language and cultural education at the Romanesque Seminary in Brechtbau here.

If you are not admitted to courses or if you have any questions regarding the courses, please contact either the responsible secretary or the academic advisor named in the module handbook for extra-curricular courses.

I want to change my language, is that possible?

If you do not feel comfortable with your choice of language and would like to change languages, this is usually possible. Please send us (studienfachberatungspam prevention@wiwi.uni-tuebingen.de) a short e-mail and tell us your new language combination. If you change your language, please note that this may lead to an extension of your study time, as you will have to catch up on the courses.

Do I have to take a placement test for the language courses, and if so, when?

B.Sc. International Business Administration

For students of the B.Sc. International Business Administration with technical languages, the registration and enrolment phase specified by the Language Learning Centre applies. Further information on the placement tests can be found here.

Information on course enrolment is available here.

B.Sc. International Economics

For students of B.Sc. International Economics, the registration phase specified in the Campus Portal for the respective courses or the deadlines specified by the relevant institute generally applies.

For students of B.Sc. International Economics, the registration phase specified in the Campus Portal for the respective courses or the deadlines specified by the relevant institute generally applies. As a rule, placement tests only take place in Romance Languages and Literature. Further information can be found on the website of Romance Languages and Literature.

I would like to apply for a master program and take the TOEFL setting the University of Tuebingen as a recipient institution? What is the institution code?

The institution code for the TOEFL is 5760 Eberhard Karls Univ TUEBINGEN.

I am studying at B.Sc. International Economics and would like to deepen my knowledge of languages in the area of Elective Studies. What do I have to consider?

You choose the language courses according to the module handbook for extracurricular courses, which you can download here. In the area of advanced undergraduate studies "Elective Studies" you will have to take 15-30 ECTS credits. You can also choose individual modules and fill the focus area with economics modules. For example, if you chose Italian and Spanish as your languages, it is possible to take the module Language Practice II in Italian (6 ECTS credits) and Language Practice II in Spanish (6 ECTS credits) and a further 18 ECTS credits from in-depth economics modules.

Internship certificates and leave semester

I need a certificate for my internship in order to apply for a semester break, how do I get the form?

On our website you will find the certificate for the Bachelor internship under this link. If you complete this certificate and send it to us, we will gladly send it back to you scanned. If required, you can also pick up the original document from us at Nauklerstrasse 47 or we will send it back to you by post. (In this case, of course, we still need your address).

I need a certificate for my internship that it is a compulsory internship, can you issue such a certificate to me?

Since the B.Sc. International Economics as well as the B.Sc. Economics and Business Administration do not provide for an obligatory internship, we are unfortunately unable to provide you with such a certificate. However, there is a certificate on our website stating that an internship is worthwhile. Such a document is also sufficient in most cases. You can find the link here.

I am studying the B.Sc. International Business Administration and need a certificate for my internship that it is a mandatory internship abroad. Can I get something like this?

Since you either have to complete a semester abroad or an internship abroad, we are happy to issue a certificate for you. You can find the link here.

Specialisation Area Elective Studies

I would like to complete a non business focus within the Elective Studies focus area, can I still attend business courses additionally?

In the B.Sc. programmes, you can choose the focus area Elective Studies. Here you can either choose further economic/business modules or something noneconomic. If you wish to study a different subject, you must complete at least 15 ECTS credits in this subject (Exceptions are advanced language courses (see next question)). You will find the respective curriculum in the module handbook for extracurricular courses in the download area. If you would like to take further courses in economics or business, this is possible. A maximum of 30 ECTS credits can be credited in the focus area Elective Studies.

I am studying at B.Sc. International Economics and would like to deepen my knowledge of languages in the area of Elective Studies. What do I have to consider?

You choose the language courses according to the module handbook for extracurricular courses, which you can download here. In the area of advanced undergraduate studies "Elective Studies" you will have to take 15-30 ECTS credits. You can also choose individual modules and fill the focus area with economics modules. For example, if you chose Italian and Spanish as your languages, it is possible to take the module Language Practice II in Italian (6 ECTS credits) and Language Practice II in Spanish (6 ECTS credits) and a further 18 ECTS credits from in-depth economics modules.

Bachelor thesis

I would like to write my Bachelor thesis, when is this possible and how is the procedure (registration, letter received)?

You can start your Bachelor's thesis as soon as you have completed all the examinations that are scheduled up to the third semester according to the curriculum. In the summer semester, all B.Sc. students in the fourth or higher semester who have not yet written their Bachelor's thesis are contacted by the Examination Office. On the attached form you can indicate your preferences for your areas of specialisation. The focus areas are not crucial for your preferences for the Bachelor's thesis. (Note: The Bachelor's thesis is an independent module and is not counted as one of the specialistation areas). It is recommended that you interpret your preferences according to your areas of specialisation, since you have already acquired a great deal of prior knowledge by choosing the areas of specialisation and their modules. However, you can also go according to your interests and additionally choose Bachelor seminars with less overlapping subjects as lower preferences.

If you then receive the allocation of a place, you must formally apply again via the chair so that you can actually take your place. The assignment is only a guarantee for a place, this will be confirmed only by the application at the chair. If you do not apply, this guarantee expires.

Further information can be found here.

I would like to write my bachelor thesis, but I am not sure exactly when I would like to write it. What do I have to consider?

If you decide to write your bachelor thesis, but have not filled in or handed in the letter, you have no guarantee of a place in the seminar of your choice. You can still try to apply to the respective chairs, as they may still have places available. However, this may result in you not receiving the desired seminar or bachelor thesis topic.

End of study

How do I calculate my Bachelor's overall grade?

Relevant is the examination regulation (special part, §12 for the B.Sc. programs Economics and Business Administration, International Business Administration and International Economics):

First, we calculate the arithmetic average of all module grades weighted by the respective ECTS points in the areas of advanced undergraduate studies and the bachelor thesis module. In addition, we calculate the arithmetic average of all module grades of the other modules, weighted by the respective ECTS points (with the exception of the module Key Qualifications, but including the modules Book-Keeping and Mathematics for Economics and Business Administration). The calculation of the overall grade includes the first-mentioned average ( areas of advanced undergraduate studies and bachelor thesis module) with a weight of 66% and the second-mentioned average with a weight of 34%.

Relevant is the examination regulation (special part, § 10 for the minor subject Business Administration and the minor subject Economics):

The Bachelor's minor subject overall grade is calculated from the average of all grades of the graded modules weighted by credit points.