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Economics and Business Administration – Focus: Economics

What does ‘market failure’ mean? What sectors are benefiting from structural change? And what are the government’s main sources of income? If you are interested in these questions, this is the programme for you!​​
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Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)
Key facts
Degree
Bachelor of Science
Duration
6 Semesters
Credits/ECTS
180
Teaching language
German
Tuition fee
None
Semester contribution
€ 266,10
Start of studies
Winter semester, Summer semester
Part-time possible
No
Application & Deadlines

Content of the study programme

Pull over, refuel and drive on. But stop! Why does a litre of diesel often cost less in the evening than it does in the morning? Similar things happen to exchange rates on holiday – you get considerably different value for money abroad from one day to the next.

If you study ‘Economics’, these are some of the macroeconomic relationships you will be examining as part of the ‘bigger picture’. In addition to the functions of economic systems and their analysis, you will also focus on topics such as national debt, inflation and economic growth. You will also learn about business administration and business information systems, enabling you to analyse overarching relationships.

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Structure

Our bachelor’s programme is the first degree qualifying graduates to work in their profession. The standard length of the study programme is six semesters, and different types of courses are offered for each module (e.g. seminars, lectures or exercises).

In this single-subject Bachelor’s programme, the focus is on one subject comprising 180 credits (ECTS for short; 1 ECTS = 30 hours for attendance, preparation and follow-up work, private study, assessed coursework and examinations).

You can choose from eight focus areas within the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. The 'Economics' profile focuses on the functioning of economic systems. The focus is structured as follows:

Overview of the study profile Overview of the study profile Picture: Sophie Bartholome

You can complete the internship either before the start of your studies, during one of your mid-term breaks or during a semester (by applying for a semester on leave).

Our University also offers the following focus areas: Standard Focus, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, Information and Management Sciences, Business Analytics, Business and Economics Education Studies I and Business and Economics Education Studies II. You can change your focus during your studies.

By the way: There is a mathematics bridging course to help you prepare for your studies. We strongly advise all students to attend

How might your study programme shape up?

1st semester 2nd semester 3rd semester 4th semester 5th semester 6th semester
Introduction to Economics
(5 ECTS)
Statistics
(6 ECTS)
Finance
(5 ECTS)
Market, Competition and Regulation
(5 ECTS)
Integrated Information Processing
(4 ECTS)
Choice of specialization module*
(6 ECTS)
Microeconomics
(5 ECTS)
Macroeconomics
(5 ECTS)
Empirical and Experimental Research in Economics (6 ECTS) Investment, Financing and the Capital Market
(6 ECTS)
Foreign Languages
(6 ECTS)
Accounting
(3 ECTS)
Organization, Leadership and Human Resource Management
(6 ECTS)
Foundations of Economic Policy
(5 ECTS)
Choice of specialization module*
(6 ECTS)
Foundations of Marketing Management
(6 ECTS)
Bachelor’s dissertation
(10 ECTS)
Financial Accounting and Controlling
(6 ECTS)
Introduction to Business Information Systems (6 ECTS) Planning and Decision-Making
(6 ECTS)
Choice of specialization module*
(6 ECTS)
Choice of specialization module*
(6 ECTS)
 
Operations Management
(6 ECTS)
Law A
(4 ECTS)
Law B
(2 ECTS)
Choice of specialization module*
(6 ECTS)
Choice of specialization module*
(6 ECTS)
 
Mathematics A
(3 ECTS)
Mathematics B
(3 ECTS)
Foundations and Perspectives of Economic Studies
(3 ECTS)
  Seminar for specialization module*
(6 ECTS)
 
Vocational learning content (16 ECTS)

Abbreviations: ECTS = European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (credit points)

* You have to take six elective specialization modules. To do this, you will have to choose one of the following focus areas: Economics, Strategy and Institutions; Innovation and Change; Public Economics; or World Economy. You have to choose at least four modules from this area; the other two modules can be combined as you wish. 

More detailed information can be found in the module catalogue.

Why study in Jena?

  • High flexibility: Shape your studies according to your personal strengths and interests. You can always change direction during your studies by choosing a new focus or switching to a similar study programme.
  • Research focus: The chairs of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration de conduct research in various areas that are covered by the degree programme, such as ‘Accounting, Taxation and Capital Markets’, ‘Corporate Governance: Management and Corporate Control’ and ‘Decision and Risk’.
  • Close cooperation: Make the most of our extensive network of business contacts in Thuringia, e.g. by completing an internship during your studies.
  • Adventures abroad: The University and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration de promote and encourage intercultural exchange through a wide range of programmes and initiatives. The faculty has a global network of over 50 renowned partner universities de, and more first-class institutes are added on a regular basis.
  • Excellent supervision: As we want our new students to feel comfortable and find their feet right from the start, the Orientation Days at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration de provide more information on the organization of studies, institutions and university services.

A look behind the scenes

Gruppenfoto der Professoren und Professorinnen
The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration always does well in inspections. Why’s that? It’s simple: Our students have a great relationship with their supervisors, and our faculty has highly qualified specialists in teaching and research. You can see our professors here.

What can you do after your studies?

Areas of employment for graduates

Depending on your chosen area of specialization, you can look forward to a wide range of career opportunities in various fields of business and economics:

  • in commerce (e.g. accounting, controlling, management, production, logistics, taxes)
  • in all areas of the private sector with a high demand for analytical skills (e.g. consulting firms, banks, insurance companies)
  • in the public sector (e.g. administration, statistical offices, authorities and ministries, associations, chambers)
  • in the IT sector (e.g. as a business analyst)
  • in science and research (e.g. as a teaching associate at a university, generally with a master’s degree)
  • as teachers at vocational schools in the subject of economics/law
  • in business editorial departments of newspapers

Postgraduate master’s programmes at our University

Master of Science
Master of Science
Master of Science

What are the personal requirements?

  • An interest in current affairs in business and economics
  • Good knowledge of German (language of instruction: German) and previous knowledge in mathematics
  • Good organization skills and time management

Detailed information on the necessary skills  de

Admission requirements

University entrance qualification Expand entry

A university entrance qualification, such as a general secondary school leaving certificate, is required for admission onto the study programme.

More information on university entrance qualifications can be found here.

Language requirements Expand entry

Admission and language requirements for applicants of foreign nationality and without German Abitur: www.uni-jena.de/en/study-orientation-international

Contacts

Office of Student Affairs / Internship Office - Florian Kiel
Opening hours:
Monday - Friday 08:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.
Examination Office
Opening hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday: 08.30 to 11.30
Wednesday: 14.00 to 16.00
Thursday: 08.30 to 11.30
Friday: 08.30 to 11.30
Departmental International Office
Student council economics
Central Student Advisory Service
Office hours:
We offer consultations and the handling of your concerns in person, via video chat or telephone. Appointments can be made by phone or via service desk.

Consultation hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 to 12:20, Tuesday 14:00 to 18:00 and on Wednesday and Thursday from 14:00 to 16:00.
Video chat:
Videochat Zeiten
Monday to Friday 12.30 to 13:00
Videochat Passwort
ZSB2020
Student Service Centre
Opening hours:
Monday 10 - 12
Tuesday 13 - 15
Wednesday 10 - 12
Thursday 13 - 15
Friday 10 - 12

Updates / adjustments may occur at any time. Thank you for your understanding!

We currently provide advice and handle your concern solely also via phone and service desk.

You can reach us by phone
Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 11:00
Postal address:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Studierenden-Service-Zentrum
07737 Jena
International Office - Stay abroad
University Main Building
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena