- The basic requirement for studying at a university is the so-called university entrance qualification, e.g. the Abitur. This qualification can be obtained in different ways and enables its holder to study either at a university or at a Fachhochschule (university of applied sciences). The entitlements listed below are those valid in Lower Saxony.
Preliminary examination of the university entrance qualification (HZB)
Prospective students who would like to have their university entrance entitlement (HZB) examined prior to applying for enrolment (i.e. university entrance qualifications on the grounds of vocational education and training, entrance qualifications for universities of applied sciences, EU university entrance qualifications acquired outside Germany) can submit their university entrance qualification documents to the University’s Registrar’s Office from the middle of May
The programme of study is divided into two phases: the orientation phase (1st and 2nd semester) and the advanced/specialisation phase (3rd to 6th semester).
In the orientation phase students are expected first, to learn the different ways of posing problems and their respective methods of resolution and second, to become acquainted with neighbouring disciplines. Apart from business and pure economics, the focus will be on the fields of computing as well as relevant economic aspects of mathematics, statistics and law.
The main period of study is dedicated to deepening and specialisation. Most credits are obtained in (compulsory and optional compulsory) units of pure economics. These units comprise important areas of economics such as economic policy, finance, applied economic research, monetary or labour economics. Since the main focus of economics in Göttingen is on international economic relations, many of the units offered are based on topics central to European and international economics.
Other units included in the programme of study are units of business studies (optional) and two Business English units (compulsory); students may also opt for units of particular personal or vocational interest to obtain credits in the interdisciplinary part of the programme (e.g. courses in the field of Quantitative Methods, Economic and Social History or Business Psychology).