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. 

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: 70 EU + 5 non-EU
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: € 1.343,50 per year

Structure of the course

The course is multidisciplinary and it combines Political Economy with Political Science and Philosophy. You will study in depth the various branches of Economics: Political Economy, Economic Policy, International Economics, Business Economics, financial markets and institutions, Econometrics, Maths and Statistics. The range of modules also includes disciplines like Political Science, Philosophy and Ethics, Trade Law, Public Law, EU Law.


Degree Course director: Prof. Günter Schamel (photo)
Student representative in the Course Council: Francesca Poli

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)

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International Applicants (non-EU)

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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.

  1. The deadline to apply online is 29 April 2016 (Early Bird session) and 21 July 2016 (late application)
  2. Selection criteria: average of your grades from the second last and third last year of secondary school (90 points) and cover letter (10 points).
  3. The ranking lists will be published by 18 May 2016 (Early Bird session) and 8 August 2016 (late application).

Tip: A convincing motivation letter should give answers to the following questions: Why do I choose this study programme? Why in Bozen-Bolzano and why in three languages? The letter might also contain biographical notes and career plans related to the programme.

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.

study manifesto (pdf)

apply here

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