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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Bachelor in

Economics, Politics and Ethics

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: ca. € 1350 per year

Structure of the course

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: Alessandro Nolet Magnante

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, 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.

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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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Campus Tours

You can book a tour of the Bozen-Bolzano campus with one of our Student Ambassadors and have the chance to visit unibz and get a glimpse of your future student life. Visits are available every working day, Monday to Friday, from 29 May to 4 July 2024.

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 - 07/05/2024 (by noon local time)
Language exams (online): 18/03/2024 (fully booked) and 17 - 18 - 19 - 22 - 23/04/2024 (registration: 25/03 - 09/04/2024)
Publication of ranking lists: by 28/05/2024
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 06/06/2024 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: from 12/07 - 06/08/2024 (by noon local time) 

Late Application (only for EU citizens)

Application: 29/05 - 10/07/2024 (by noon local time)
Language exams (online): 24 - 29/06/2024 (registration: 29/05 - 16/06/2024)
Publication of ranking lists: by 30/07/2024
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 06/08/2024 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: from publication of the ranking list until 06/08/2024 (by noon local time) 

Additional Application Session (only for EU citizens)

The Faculty can open additional application sessions for single study programmes in August and in September if there are available spaces. More information on additional sessions will be published in due course.

Preparatory courses and Freshers Days

Intensive language courses: 02 - 20/09/2024 (Monday to Friday, 6 h/day)
Mathematics pre-course: 23/09 - 04/10/2024
Freshers Days: 30/09 - 01/10/2024

1st semester

Classes: 30/09 - 23/12/2024
Exams (extraordinary session): 12 - 23/12/2024
Holidays: 24/12/2024 - 06/01/2025
Classes: 07/01 - 25/01/2025
Exams: 27/01 - 15/02/2025

2nd semester

Classes: 03/03 - 17/04/2025
Holidays: 18 - 21/04/2025
Classes: 22/04 - 14/06/2025
Exams (extraordinary session): 15 - 24/05/2025
Exams: 16/06 - 12/07/2025

Autumn session

Exams: 25/08 - 27/09/2025

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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