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.
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.
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
Tuition fees: ca. € 1350 per year
This interdisciplinary programme offers two curricula. During the first two years, which are the same for both curricula, you will become acquainted with basic notions of economics, politics and philosophy, acquire the necessary quantitative skills, and be introduced to fundamental law. At the end of the second year, you will have the opportunity to choose between a Politics and Ethics and an Economics Curriculum. Both lead you to a fully-fledged degree in economics. However, the Politics and Ethics Curriculum maintains the integrative perspectives of political science and philosophical and ethical analysis, while the Economics stream is mainly focused on the perspective and methods of economic science.
Degree Course director: Prof. Ivo De Gennaro (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Samuele Aprea
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.
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.
Our graduates are working in the services sector, in public institutions or private businesses, NGOs and charities in national and international contexts, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Everything you need to know as a degree-seeking applicant or as an incoming exchange student
You can book a Campus Tour with one of our Student Ambassadors and have the chance to visit unibz and get a glimpse of your future student life. Tours are available every working day from 8 May until 5 July 2023.
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.
Subject to accreditation of the Ministry.
Application: 01/03 - 27/04/2023 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 17/03/2023 (registration: 1-10/03/2023) and 13 - 14 and 17 - 18 - 19/04/2023 (registration: 23/03-03/04/2023)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 16/05/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 25/05/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 12/07 - 25/07/2023 (by noon local time)
Application: 17/05 - 06/07/2023 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 26/06 - 01/07/2023 (registration: 17/05 - 18/06/2023)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 27/07/2023
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 03/08/2023 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 27/07 - 03/08/2023 (by noon local time)
Intensive language courses: 04 - 22/09/2023 (Monday to Friday, 6 h/day)
Mathematics pre-course: 25/09 - 06/10/2023
Freshers Days: 02 - 03/10/2023
Classes: 02/10 - 23/12/2023
Exams (extraordinary session): 14 - 22/12/2023
Holidays: 24/12/2023 - 07/01/2024
Classes: 08/01 - 27/01/2024
Exams: 29/01 - 24/02/2024
Classes: 04/03 - 28/03/2024
Holidays: 29/03 - 01/04/2024
Classes: 02/04 - 15/06/2024
Exams (extraordinary session): 15 - 25/05/2024
Exams: 17/06 - 13/07/2024
Exams: 26/08 - 28/09/2024
EU citizens and citizens given parity of treatment
Early Bird Application: 70
Late Application: 10
Non-EU citizens (living abroad)
Early Bird Application: 5
The programme will only be offered if a minimum of 30 newly enrolled students is reached.
To gain admission to the programme you need one of the following qualifications:
Foreign school leaving certificates are considered equivalent if obtained after 12 years of education. In this case, you furthermore must have attended at least the last two years in the foreign school system (e.g. Irish Leaving Certificate: it is not enough to attend one year and obtain the foreign certificate).
The Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research has set specific admission requirements for holders of certain certificates (e.g. American high school diplomas, British and Greek certificates). For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org (Advisory Service).
To be admitted, you must fulfil the language requirements indicated in the section “Language requirements”.
According to national regulations, simultaneous enrolment in a maximum of 2 programmes is possible (however, the two programmes must not belong to the same class, e.g., L-18/L-18 and must differ for at least 2/3 of the course contents).
The official teaching languages are German, Italian and English. Therefore, the following language requirements apply, otherwise you will be excluded from the admission procedure:
Entry level (to gain admission)
1st language: B2
2nd language: B2
3rd language: no level required
A B1 level in the third language is the minimum requirement for taking curricular examinations in that specific language.
Please note that if the first semester of your study programme is only taught in English and your third language is English, you will have to certify at least a B1 level in English by mid-January to be able to take all the curricular exams scheduled for the first semester.
Exit level (to graduate)
1st language: C1
2nd language: C1
3rd language: B2
The levels of the Common European Framework of Reference apply.
Your first language is the language in which you have the highest level of proficiency (B2 or C1). Your third language is instead the language in which you are weaker (or in which you are an absolute beginner).
You can demonstrate your language proficiency (in the section “upload language certificates” and/or “enrol for language exams”) after you have created an application in the section “create/manage applications”. The certification is mandatory for the first and second language, for the third language it is recommended (from B1 onwards).
You can demonstrate language proficiency through:
Please note that you can only register for B2 level exams.
For information on studying in three languages also visit the following page.
Secondary schools in a foreign country/Bi- or multilingual schools
If the foreign language proficiency levels (for German, Italian, or English) are explicitly indicated on the diploma of graduation according to the Common European Framework of Reference (i.e., B1, B2 or C1), and if all four language abilities (reading, listening, speaking, writing) have been assessed, then the indicated levels will be accepted as a proof of proficiency for the second and/or third language.
Please upload your school leaving certificate to the application portal in the section “upload language certificates” under the respective language. The Language Centre will decide on its recognition.
Third language/Intensive language courses in September
If you have already acquired a language certificate in the third teaching language, please upload it to the portal. If you are not able to certify your language competence in the third language and you are admitted to unibz, you will have to take a placement test. You will receive further information about the test by e-mail. Based on the result of the placement test, you will be assigned to a certain learning path so that you will be able to reach level B2 as soon as possible.
If you are an absolute beginner in the third language, or if you have a level below B2, you may attend a three-week intensive language course during the pre-semester session in September in order to start the learning path.
The dates of the extensive courses are indicated in the “Deadlines” section. Beginner courses (A1) will be offered exclusively during the pre-semester intensive course session in September will no longer be offered during the academic year. Therefore, absolute beginners should start their learning path for the third language by attending the intensive courses in September.
There will be extensive courses (4 hours per week) during the semesters and intensive courses (8 hours per week) during the time between semesters.
The language courses offered by the Language Centre are free of charge and aim to help the students reach the following target levels in the third language:
Your application must be submitted online through the Application Portal. The deadlines are indicated in the “Deadlines” section.
Please note: Mendacious declarations will be criminally prosecuted and will result in the automatic exclusion from the ranking list.
You might apply for more than one study programme. If you are excluded in the first session, you might apply again in the second one.
Considered as equivalent are:
Only one application period is offered. After the deadline it is not possible to apply anymore. Application fee: € 50. The fee is an administration fee and is non-refundable.
Once the ranking list has been published, if you have gained admission, secure it by paying the first instalment and then start your visa application on the Universitaly portal. The application on Universitaly is mandatory, otherwise you will not be allowed to enrol. On Universitaly you can apply for one study programme only.
At the beginning of September, you must also sit a separate Italian language test before you can enrol.
The admission procedure is based on the following criteria:
The evaluation of the criteria mentioned above will be stated in thirtieth by the Admission Committee. You have to have at least 21/30 points (with rounding up/down) to be admitted to the Bachelor in Economics and Social Sciences based on the points awarded following the evaluation criteria.
In the event of equal scores, applicants with a higher-grade average obtained in their penultimate year of secondary school will be given priority. If scores are still equal, the younger applicant will be given priority.
In the application portal, you shall:
(*) If you do not provide the grades for the third-last year and/or penultimate year of secondary school, the Admission Committee will assign a final score, which corresponds to a “sufficient merit” for the high school year, for which you have not provided a school report/self-declaration. If you have attended a school whose system differs substantially from the Italian system and you do not have the reports with the final grades of the third-last and/or penultimate year of study of your secondary school, the Admission Committee reserves the right to evaluate the possible final reports of the secondary school that refer to years different from the penultimate or third-last. If you are already in possession of a university degree, the Admission Committee will consider the average grades of the university exams.
Before the start of the first semester, the faculty offers a preparatory course in mathematics. At the end of that course all new students will have to sit a compulsory test. In case of a negative result or non-participation in the test, additional study achievements (OFA) will be assigned. Further detailed information about the course, the test and the OFA will be provided in time by the faculty via e-mail.
The Admission Committee will only evaluate the documents uploaded in the portal by the application deadline. The ranking lists with the admitted students will be published here and are only valid for the respective academic year.
If you have been admitted to more than one study programme, you can secure your admission for a maximum of 2 programmes by paying the designated rate twice. By confirming your place, you renounce admission to the other programmes of the same degree class.
1. Choose the study programme and pay the fees (to secure your admission) in the application portal.
The deadlines are indicated in the “Deadlines” section.
If you do not meet this deadline, you will automatically be excluded and the next applicant in the ranking list will be admitted.
For EU citizens and citizens given parity of treatment only: any remaining places of the early bird application, will be offered in the late application.
Please note that you do not gain full student status by only paying the tuition fees. This status will only be acquired upon enrolment. If you have secured your admission, there will be no refund of the tuition fees unless you do not pass your secondary school final exam or, in the event of non-EU applicants living abroad, you do not receive the documents necessary for enrolment from the Italian authorities in your country.
2. Enrol online in the application portal.
The deadlines are indicated in the “Deadlines” section.
Enrolment is recommended as early as possible, so you have the possibility to upload incomplete documents before the deadline.
If you do not meet the enrolment deadline, you will be excluded and the next applicant in the ranking list will be admitted.
If you have gained your secondary school qualification abroad, you must certify that at the universities in the country where you gained your qualification, you can access to a study programme similar to that chosen at unibz. Therefore you must upload (if not uploaded upon application):
The Statement of comparability is not necessary for qualifications gained in Austria or Germany, but unibz reserves the right to request them it in case of doubt.
Please note that if you do not possess a valid admission qualification, you could be excluded with Rector’s decree even after enrolment.
If you are a non-EU citizen living abroad:
Once you are eligible for admission (check the ranking lists) and have also applied on Universitaly, the Italian Authorities in your own country will issue you the entry visa for studies/university. This will allow you to arrive in Italy to sit the Italian-language test (for bachelor programmes) and to enrol for the study programme that you have applied for.
The Italian-language test, which all students applying for bachelor programmes must sit, usually takes place at the beginning of September in Bozen-Bolzano. Students might also sit the oral exam online.
According to Italian law, within 8 working days of your arrival in Italy, you must have applied for the residence permit: as soon as you arrive, get in touch with the Advisory Service and you will be given the necessary information for starting the procedure.
Once you will obtain your residence permit (permesso di soggiorno), you have to hand it in at the Student Secretariat personally or via e-mail.
Students intending to transfer from another Italian University to unibz have to submit to the Student Secretariat - at the beginning of the academic year - a copy of the transfer application presented at the university of provenance.
Fees amount to € 1364
Delayed payment of the second instalment will result in a fine being levied. If you have not paid the tuition fees, you will be unable to take exams and will not be able to transfer to other universities or other study programmes.
If you drop out of a programme, interrupt your studies or are excluded from studies, you are not entitled to reimbursement of the fees.
Exemption from the tuition fees (and the provincial tax) is granted to:
Students who benefit from a scholarship granted by the Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano are entitled to receive a refund of the tuition fees.
Credit points from previous university studies can only be recognised after enrolment if the exams taken at the university of provenance are equivalent in content to those offered at unibz. You can fill out the application after enrolment.
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).