International Economic Studies

General Program Information

The Bachelor’s degree in International Economic Studies (BSc) is a perfect start into a professional career as an economist, whether you aim to work in business, government or academia. The three-year program provides you with all essential knowledge for understanding and analyzing the economy and economic policy. The distinct international perspective of the program reflects the growing importance of international economic integration and emphasizes the comparative study of economic policies. The program consists of core and elective modules in a variety of fields, such as international economics, international business and international politics, with all courses conducted in English. The international perspective is complemented by a mandatory semester abroad that is integrated into the curriculum.

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Current information

  • The application period for the 2021 winter semester will change due to the current situation: Applications are possible from 17th of May until 31st of July 2021 via the DoSV and CAMPO. More information is provided here.
  • StudOn group IES:

More precise information will be provided as soon as possible.


The program provides a sound understanding of the basic principles of economics, accounting, statistics and quantitative analysis. It enables students to understand and analyze specific problems related to international economics and economic policy. This includes the ability to generate a quantitative assessment using the appropriate statistical and econometric methods as well as fluency in a non-native language. The compulsory stay abroad as well as seminars provide students with important intercultural competencies that are necessary for a successful career in international economics.

Career opportunities

The curriculum provides graduates with the required skills to enter a professional position in a variety of institutions that are concerned with economic decisions and economic policy. Potential employers encompass private corporations, the public sector, but also supranational institutions and non-profit organizations, which are increasingly seeking graduates with a background in international economics and international experience. The program prepares graduates for the possibility of interesting employment with banks and consultancy companies.

Target group

The program is designed for high-school graduates interested in economics with an international perspective who are looking for a solid foundation for a professional career in business, government, or international agencies. The program also prepares students to pursue graduate studies in economics, business, or public administration. In order to apply, you need a higher education entrance qualification. This is typically a qualified secondary school diploma, though sufficient professional qualification may serve as a substitute depending on approval by the university. The degree program is taught in English throughout. Therefore, good knowledge of the English language is an essential prerequisite to successfully complete the degree program.

Study advisors

Dr. rer. pol. Bianca Distler

Duales Studium / Verbundstudium
Schloßplatz 3, Ecke Halbmondstr. 6
91054 Erlangen

Susanne Heinrich, Dipl.-Sozw.

Study Advisor
Schloßplatz 3, Ecke Halbmondstr. 6
91054 Erlangen

Subject advisors

Maximilian Pöhnlein

School of Business, Economics and Society
Chair of Economics (Public Economics) (Prof. Dr. Büttner)