Applying for a place

Programme starts in the winter semester

Bachelor Info-Week: 18 - 21 July

Get to know more about living and studying in Konstanz (events will be in German).

At a glance:

  • Application deadline: 15 July (for the winter semester 2022/23)
  • Programme start: Winter semester only
  • Admission to the study programme is restricted
  • The online applications portal is activated in mid May for the following winter semester
  • Admission conditions: A general higher education entrance qualification (e.g. German “Abitur”), a German subject-specific higher education entrance qualification, or a higher education entrance qualification earned abroad which is recognised as equivalent.

Further information can be found in the admission regulations. If you want to know whether your school-leaving certificate will be recognised (e.g. because you did not do the German Abitur), please contact our applications hotline.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum admission grade?

Admission to the study programme is restricted. That means there is only a limited number of places. We accept 350 new students each year. The university draws up a ranking list of all applicants based on the criteria in the admission regulations. The best applicants are then offered a place. Therefore in principle there is no “grade threshold” for admission and the grade required for admission can vary from year to year. 

How can I apply?

Please apply via our ZeUs online portal and then send us your supporting documents. Further information for German and international applicants can be found on the university’s applications website.

Can I already apply even if I haven’t yet got my school-leaving certificate (“Abiturzeugnis”)?

No, please only apply once you have your certificate. You will receive your certificate in good time before the application deadline.

What maths skills are expected?

Our department has a strong mathematics and statistics focus. These two subjects are essential components of the programme. In principle, you are well equipped with the (good to very good) maths skills you acquired at school - you will learn everything else here in Konstanz. If you want be well prepared when you start your studies, you can polish your maths skills in our preparatory maths course.

What language skills are expected?

We expect English language skills equating to “Abitur” level (German general higher education entrance qualification). From the second semester onwards, lectures will also be held in English which will allow you to learn the specialist vocabulary you need for your studies. You can also complete an English course for economists at The Language Institute.

Changing from another university and starting in a higher  semester

  • Possible at the start of the summer semester too
  • Application deadlines: 15 January and 15 July (for the winter semester 2021/22: 31 July)
  • Admission is only possible if you fulfil certain conditions - please contact us before sending your application.

Recognition of previous academic performance

We are happy to help with any queries about the recognition of courses which you have successfully completed at your previous university. Since our department has a strong mathematical, statistical, empirical and theoretical focus, the recognition of courses which are application-oriented is in most cases not possible.

Please note the following:

  • We must always and without exception place you in the next higher semester.
  • In the first two semesters, our students must take an orientation test. To pass the test, you must successfully complete the following courses: Introduction to Economics, Mathematics for Economists I (1st semester), Microeconomics I and Mathematics for Economists II (2nd semester). If we were obliged to place you in the second subject-related semester, for example, you must have completed courses equivalent to Economics, Mathematics for Economists I before you change university.
  • You may only present courses for the elective area for recognition once you have successfully passed the orientation test and chosen an area of specialisation. Then please just simply contact the recognition coordinator.

Preliminary inquiry: If you want to find out whether changing university is an option (up to 4 weeks before the application deadline)

Upon request we are happy to send you a link so that you can upload all the relevant documents in our cloud. We need from you:

  • Your application for recognition form. Please list all the courses at our university which you would regard as equivalent to your courses. There must be a 2/3 overlap with the skills (in terms of content and method) to be acquired in Konstanz in order for the recognition of your previous courses to be considered.
  • A comparison of the contents of your previous courses and our courses; please highlight in yellow where they overlap.
  • A detailed course description for each course (as links in the document mentioned above)

We are happy to process your preliminary enquiry if we receive all your documents within one week of first receiving it. Thank you for your understanding.

Applications

Depending on admissions office instructions, please include with your application:

  • Your application for recognition form. Please list all the courses at our university which you would regard as equivalent to your courses. There must be a 2/3 overlap to the skills (in terms of content and method) to be acquired in Konstanz in order for the recognition of your previous courses to be considered. Please list here courses too for which you will only submit the grades after the application deadline.
  • A comparison of the contents of your previous courses and our courses; please highlight in yellow where they overlap.
  • A detailed course description for each course (as links in the document mentioned above)
  • If you had already submitted a preliminary enquiry: Our answer to your enquiry

An application for the recognition of foundation and compulsory courses can only be submitted together with an application for admission. Later applications for recognition can only be submitted for the elective area. Grades presented later for admission in the winter semester must be submitted to the department by 15.9., for admission in the summer semester by 15.3.