European Economic Studies (EES)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: German English
StudyQA ranking:1912 Duration:2 years
Within the scope of specialisation studies, students may choose modules in special fields, including the following:
  • International Economics
  • Empirical Microeconomics
  • Public Economics
  • Economic Policy
  • Economic Theory
  • Applied Economic Research

In the different fields, students may choose from numerous elective modules, including the
  • International Monetary Economics
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Incentives and Behavior
  • Political Economics
  • Microeconomics of Education
  • Industrial Economics
  • Public Economic Theory
  • Open-Economy Macroeconomics

Educational organisation

The two-year Master's degree programme (120 ECTS) takes place entirely in Bamberg. Upon graduation, the Faculty for Social Sciences, Economics, and Business Administration of the University of Bamberg will award a Master of Science (MSc) degree in European Economic Studies (EES).
Apart from the compulsory economics and methodological programme in the first semester (24 ECTS), the programme provides flexibility regarding content and organisation of studies. The economics modules (36-60 ECTS) offered are based in the fields of international economics, empirical microeconomics, public economics, economic policy, economic theory and applied economic research.
The individual academic profile can be supplemented by classes in related economics and social science disciplines (business administration, political sciences, social sciences, law) or courses taken during an optional semester abroad (up to 24 ECTS). This supports the interdisciplinary aspect and extends the chosen area of the main focus, thereby making good use of the large potential of the curriculum available at the Faculty for Social Sciences, Economics, and Business Administration at the University of Bamberg.
Up to two foreign languages (12 ECTS each) relevant for the exams form another essential component of the Master's degree programme.
The Master's thesis (24 ECTS) has to be written over the course of five months at the end of the programme.
For further information, please see:

Study abroad unit(s)

Possible, but not obligatory



Forms of assessment

Written exams after lecture periods/semesters, seminar papers, written and oral exams in the foreign languages, Master's thesis during/at the end of the programme

Course objectives

The European Economic Studies (EES) programme prepares students for the requirements of the professional world which result from globalisation and the European integration process. The programme focuses on economic topics. In addition, the course of studies includes foreign languages and the possibility of integrating courses from a series of related academic disciplines into the curriculum, according to individual preferences.
The Master's degree programme aims at conveying the required professional knowledge, skills and methods needed to take up an economics-related profession in an academically well-founded and reasonable manner. Thus the programme enables students to classify academic findings critically and to assume responsibility. In addition, the intention of the programme is to find and support the next academic generation.

Language requirements

As courses are partly taught in German, applicants whose native tongue is not German need to certify their command of the German language through the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber (DSH)" (German language test for the university admission of foreign students). Alternatively, they can certify their command of the German language through the following:
  • A DSH certificate awarded by a "Studienkolleg" or another university
  • "Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz Stufe II"
  • The certificate of the "Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP)" of the Goethe Institute
  • The certificate "Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom" or "Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom" of the Goethe Institute
  • A TestDaF with level 4 in all parts

Required DSH / TestDaF


Academic requirements

Bachelor's degree in European Economic Studies (EES) or a comparable degree in economic, social or natural sciences or mathematics with a grade of at least 2.5 (German grading system). For more information regarding admission, please see:

Enrolment fees

Each semester, students are required to pay approx. 80 EUR enrolment fees.

Costs of living

In order to cover personal expenses during the study programme in Bamberg, we recommend that single participants budget around 700 EUR per month for accommodation, living, health insurance, books, and miscellaneous expenses.

Job opportunities

Students may be employed as student assistants within the university. Other employment alternatives outside of the university are possible.

Arrival support

The Academic Exchange Office provides help with integration, organises introductory courses and gatherings and offers three-week German crash courses twice a year (beginning directly before the start of the winter semester and the summer semester).

Services and support for international students

The Academic Exchange Office has established the so-called "Tandem Programme". The purpose is to arrange contacts between the foreign student and a German student. For more information, see:


The Academic Exchange Office assists students from abroad in looking for accommodation. Many of our students live in our student residences, which have modern single apartments with kitchen, bathroom/WC and modern facilities. Some of the residences are located in the beautiful old part of town, others are located close to the Faculty for Social Sciences, Economics, and Business Administration. Costs for accommodation vary between 200 EUR and 400 EUR.
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