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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Bachelor in

Economics and Social Sciences

If you have an interest in economics, politics and society, and you like exploring them from several different points of view, this is the right study programme for you.

Course description

How much room for negotiation on economic issues is there for the decision-makers in charge? What implications do their choices have on the development of our society and what is the impact of their decisions on legislation? What model of development should an economy adopt? Why do countries go to war or make peace? How has democracy evolved in different countries? In this study programme, we will discuss such issues not only from an economical but also from a philosophical, ethical, political and legal perspective. In this way you will be able to both acquire quantitative skills and develop your critical and analytical thinking.

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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 (trilingual)
Places available: 80 EU + 5 non-EU
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: € 748.50 per year

Structure of the course

This interdisciplinary programme offers two curricula. During the first year, which is the same for both curricula, you will become acquainted with basic notions of economics, politics and philosophy. At the end of the first year, you will have the opportunity to choose between a Social Sciences and an Economic Sciences Curriculum. Both lead you to a fully-fledged degree in economics. However, the Social Sciences Curriculum maintains the integrative perspectives of politics and philosophy, while the economic sciences stream is mainly focused on the economic perspective.


Degree Course director: Prof. Ivo De Gennaro (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Simon Lardschneider

Peer tutoring

First-year students will be supported through a personalised tutoring aimed at welcoming them and guiding them in their educational path. Each student will be assigned to a peer tutor, who, for example, will assist them in organising their study activities, in choosing courses to attend or with general questions about student life at unibz.

Exchange programmes and internships

Currently we offer exchange programmes with partner universities all over the world and we are part of a large network of collaboration with employers in Italy and abroad. An internship as well as a period in another, preferably foreign, university (min. 20 – max. 80 credit points), through exchange programmes (LLP/Erasmus+, Bilateral Agreements, Free Mover), are compulsory.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are working in the services sector, in public institutions or private businesses, in national and international NGOs and in charities as well as in political consulting or diplomacy, in banking or finance. Mostly these career paths are taken after having completed a master’s degree in economics, management or neighbouring fields, such as international relations, at renowned universities in Europe and worldwide.

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

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Michael Stemmer

Economist | OECD

This programme has prepared me extremely well for my postgraduate studies and an international career as an economist. Upon graduating from unibz I followed my passion and pursued a master’s double degree in International Economics at Sorbonne University in Paris and Fudan University in Shanghai. For my PhD in Macroeconomics and Financial Development I returned to Paris and also had the opportunity to conduct research at the ECB and the IMF while writing my dissertation. I am currently a senior economist at the OECD in Paris advising emerging market governments on capital flows, fiscal policy and international taxation.

Friederike Richter

Research associate | University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich

The Bachelor in Economics and Social Sciences at unibz laid an important foundation for my current research activities at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich, both professionally and methodologically. The two semesters abroad at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland and the University of Washington in the United States of America also enabled me to build up an ample academic network, which was not only very helpful in choosing my Master's and my PhD programme, but is also a great advantage in my everyday professional life.

Sebastian Schmitz

Economic Analyst | European Commission

After my graduation in Economics and Social Sciences at unibz, two exciting exchange semesters in Florence and Ankara and a subsequent master's degree in Economics in Toulouse, I did my PhD on labour market issues at Humboldt University Berlin. After a stint at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, I am currently working for the European Commission on topics related to German economic policy. This Bachelor has given me an excellent economic basis for my professional life. But what I particularly appreciate is the broad, multidisciplinary approach, which still proves extremely useful in my everyday work.


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Application and Admission

You can find all you need to know in order to apply and gain admission to this study programme by browsing through the information below.

Early Bird Application

Application: 01/03 - 28/04/2021 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 18 - 19/03/2021 (registrations 1 - 11/03/2021) and 15 - 21/04/2021 (registrations 26/03 - 08/04/2021)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 17/05/2021
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 27/05/2021 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 14/07 - 26/07/2021 (by noon local time) 

Late Application (only for EU citizens)

Application: 19/05 - 08/07/2021 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 28/06 - 03/07/2021 (registrations 19/05 - 20/06/2021)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 28/07/2021
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 05/08/2021 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 29/07 - 05/08/2021 (by noon local time) 

Preparatory courses and Freshers Days

Mathematics pre-course: 23/08 - 03/09/2021
Intensive language courses: 06 - 24/09/2021 (Monday to Friday, 8 h/day)
Freshers Days: 27 - 28/09/2021 

1st semester

Classes: 27/09 - 23/12/2021
Exams (extraordinary session): 13 - 23/12/2021
Holidays: 24/12/2021 - 09/01/2022
Classes: 10/01 - 22/01/2022
Exams: 24/01 - 19/02/2022 

2nd semester

Classes: 28/02 - 14/04/2022
Holidays: 15/04 - 18/04/2022
Classes: 19/04 - 11/06/2022
Exams (extraordinary session): 16 - 28/05/2022
Exams: 13/06 - 09/07/2022 

Autumn session

Exams: 22/08 - 24/09/2022

The Advisory Service provides support regarding your choice of study. In many cases a simple call or a short request is enough to get the relevant information (Tel. +39 0471 012100).

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