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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. 

Course description

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.

Courses will definetely be starting

unibz guarantees to all candidates that courses will start as planned in Fall 2020 and that no student will be left behind. The Faculties are working on a plan to ensure that teaching will continue to take place. A mixture of simultaneous online and in-presence classes will probably be the formula for the winter semester.

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: € 1.348,50 per year

Structure of the course

This interdisciplinary programme offers two curricula. The first study year is the same for both curricula. At the beginning of the second year, students have to choose between Social Sciences and Economic Sciences.


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

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. 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 compulsary.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are working in the services sector, in public institutions or private businesses, in national and international NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) and in charities, in the field of economics and politics as wells as in consulting and may also work in the diplomatic corps, in banking and in finance. However, most students continue to postgraduate study, choosing master programmes in Economics, Economic Policy, 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)

Yuki D'Emilia

Project officer, Dolomiti UNESCO Foundation, Cortina d’Ampezzo

I tre anni di PPE a Bolzano mi hanno permesso di allargare i miei orizzonti, facendomi conoscere nuove idee e mettendomi a contatto con culture diverse. Grazie ai programmi di scambio ho trascorso un semestre alla University of Tasmania, ad Hobart, e tramite il tirocinio alla Fondazione Dolomiti Unesco a Cortina d’Ampezzo sono riuscita ad inserirmi subito - e con soddisfazione - nel mondo del lavoro.


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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: 02/03 - 28/04/2020 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 15 - 22/04/2020 (registration 31/03 - 07/04/2020)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 18/05/2020
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 28/05/2020 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 15/07 - 27/07/2020 (by noon local time)

Late Application

Application: 20/05 - 09/07/2020 (by noon local time)
Language exams: 29/06 - 03/07/2020, if necessary, also on 04/07 or 06/07 (registration 25/05 - 19/06/2020)
Admission procedure and publication of ranking lists: by 29/07/2020
Payment of the 1st instalment of the tuition fees: by 06/08/2020 (by noon local time)
Enrolment: 29/07 - 06/08/2020 (by noon local time)

Preparatory courses and Freshers Days

Preparatory Course “Mathematics for Economists” (recommended): 24/08 - 04/09/2020
Intensive language courses: 07 - 25/09/2020 (Monday to Friday, 8 h/day)
Freshers Days: 28 - 29/09/2020

1st semester

Classes: 28/09 - 23/12/2020
Exams (extraordinary session): 14 - 23/12/2020
Holidays: 24/12/2020 - 06/01/2021
Classes: 07/01 - 16/01/2021
Exams: 18/01 - 13/02/2021

2nd semester

Classes: 22/02 - 01/04/2021
Holidays: 02/04 - 05/04/2021
Classes: 06/04 - 12/06/2021
Exams (extraordinary session): 17 - 29/05/2021
Exams: 14/06 - 10/07/2021

Autumn session

Exams: 23/08 - 25/09/2021

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).