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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Bachelor in

Economics and Social Sciences

If you have an interest in economics, politics and social issues, and you like exploring them from several different points of view, this is the right degree course for you. 

Course description

How much room for negotiation on economic issues is there for the decision-makers in charge? What impact do their choices have on social development and what is the impact of their decisions on legislation? How do decision-makers work? How much power do they actually have? What is their long-term strategy in the global context? Why do countries join wars or end them? How has democracy evolved in different countries? During this study programme we will discuss these types of issues from a philosophical point of view and you will be able to develop your own critical thinking and analytical skills.

You will study Economic Science; what the ethical implications of economic activities are; how to reconcile principles and practice and the link between economics, politics and society. The degree course also includes Law, and specifically: Constitutional Law, the organisation of modern states and of the European Union; Public Law; government intervention in business and the troubled relationship that results from such intervention.

At a glance

Bachelor class: L-33
ECTS credits: 180
Duration of the course: 3 years
Courses will be taught in Italian, German and English
Places available: 80 EU + 5 non-EU
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: € 1.347,50 per year

Structure of the course

This interdisciplinary programme offers two curricula. At the beginning of the second year, you have to choose between:


Prof Gunter Schamel


Degree Course director: Prof. Günter Schamel (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Arne Arens

Exchange programmes and internships

Currently we offer exchange programmes with more than 50 partner universities all over the world and we are part of a large network of collaboration with employers in Italy and abroad where you can undertake your internship. A compulsory internship and study period abroad (20 credits) are part of the programme.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are working in the Services sector, in private businesses or public institutions, in NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) and in charities. However, most students continue to postgraduate study, choosing master programmes in Political Economy, Management or International Relations.

Well prepared and ready for the job market. On the website of AlmaLaurea you can check statistical data about graduates’ satisfaction and their employability.

go to the survey (in Italian)

Yuki D'Emilia

Project officer, Dolomiti UNESCO Foundation, Cortina d’Ampezzo

I tre anni di PPE a Bolzano mi hanno permesso di allargare i miei orizzonti, facendomi conoscere nuove idee e mettendomi a contatto con culture diverse. Grazie ai programmi di scambio ho trascorso un semestre alla University of Tasmania, ad Hobart, e tramite il tirocinio alla Fondazione Dolomiti Unesco a Cortina d’Ampezzo sono riuscita ad inserirmi subito - e con soddisfazione - nel mondo del lavoro.


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In order to be admitted, you need to go through a selection process and you will need to prove that you have obtained a B2 level certification in two of the three teaching languages (Italian, German and English). If you don't have an official language certification, you can take a language exam at our university.

Selection Criteria
Average of your grades from the third last and penultimate years of secondary school.

There is no admission exam or interview.

Online Application
Early Bird
- for EU and non-EU citizens: 1 March - 26 April 2019, noon 
Late Application - for EU citizens only: 20 May - 11 July 2019, noon

Publication Ranking Lists
Early Bird: by 17 May 2019
Late Application: by 30 July 2019

The faculty offers a preparatory course in Maths to first year students and it is normally held in the first two weeks of September.

You can find all the information you need for the application in the Study Manifesto.

Contact us by phone at +390471012100 or fill in the request form.

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