Universität Bonn

Department of Economics / BGSE

Prospective International Students

The BGSE wants to attract international students to study in Bonn. Therefore, qualified international students are strongly encouraged to apply for admission. Currently (summer 2022) one third of our PhD students have an international background.

We assist international students in numerous ways, as for example: 

  • finding a place at a student dorm for the first year
  • individual assistance with visa formalities
  • assistance with university related formalities

International students have the opportunity to use the many activities and course offerings of the International Office of Bonn University and in particular the Welcome Center. International PhD students can enroll in German classes on different language levels that are offered by our department as well as by the International Office. The International Club organizes student orientation activities, film nights, excursions, visits to companies, and concerts as well as parties at the end of each semester. Student associations at Bonn University cover a broad range of topics reaching from cultural activities to politics and religion with some societies being engaged in individual cultures or countries and some promoting intercultural relations. 

Finally, the city of Bonn is known for its cultural diversity which is apparent for example in the International Meeting Center (Internationale Begegnungsstätte). The center organizes cultural events, e.g. lectures dedicated to individual countries, concerts, film nights, slide shows and readings, as well as discussions on current problems of foreign nationals living in Germany. 

The BGSE is part of the Bonn International Graduate Schools (BIGS), the BIGS video gives you a first impression of the city of Bonn, the university and the associated doctorate programs of BIGS.

Useful information for prospective students from abroad:

Studying in Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with useful information for students interested in studying in Germany.

Student Life

Here you can find answers to the most asked questions concerning life and study in Germany, by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Make it in Germany

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Federal Employment Agency have recently launched the website, "Make it in Germany!". From basic facts about German history and culture to job listings to practical information about how to attain work permits and visas to Germany, the website is a virtual portal to life and work in Germany.

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Bonn and the University

Learn more about the city and the university.


International conferences, research visits and exchange programs.

Gender Equality

Equal opportunities and parent support at BGSE.

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