Study organization

Study Organization

Here you will find all the information on how to organize your studies:


The University IT and Data Center (Hochschulrechenzentrum, HRZ) offers many services that students of the University of Bonn can use with the Uni-ID.

  • WLAN - eduroam WLAN access at the university
  • Data storage & File Services Sciebo is a non-commercial cloud storage by universities for universities, where you can securely synchronise and share your data from research, studies and teaching.
  • IT courses, e-learning for students, Topics range from the latest office applications to programming, high-performance computing, video conferencing systems, graphics processing, 3D printing and operating systems.
  • Video Conferences: Zoom enables lectures, seminars, meetings and video and telephone conferences


Together with your student ID you will usually receive the Uni-ID. The Uni-ID is your access to all digital offers of the University of Bonn, which are absolutely necessary for your studies

  • E-mail
  • eCampus
  • Zoom for online events

In addition, the cloud "sciebo" and access to the university's WLAN.

You have to activate the Uni-ID first. Here you can find out everything else:

BASIS: Course Catalog & Exam Registration

BASIS is the "Bonner Allgemeine Studierenden InformationsSystem". It contains the electronic course catalog (eVV), where you can find information about the location and time of the courses. If you log in with your Uni-ID, personalized information and functions can be accessed. These include: Addresses for correspondence with the university, certificates on the course of studies and enrollment certificates, an overview of the semester contribution account, grade overviews and the registration functions for courses and exams.

  • Registration for exams: Students need to register for the exams they want to take via Basis. To do this, they need their University ID and password – both of which they receive automatically (by postal mail) with your semester documents after enrollment and transfer of the social contribution. Registration deadlines are available on the pages of the examination office.
  • Transcript of Records: Students can view and print their current Transcript of Records from Basis both in German and in English
  • Creating a timetable: From the second semester onwards, you can create your own timetable in BASIS, taking into account the study plan. In BASIS you will find the course catalog with numerous details about the courses (e.g. course type, location, time, name of the teacher).

Course registration Bachelor

There is no class registration for the lectures of the BSc Economics (VWL/Wirtschaftswissenschaften). Students simply attend the lectures. Dates and times are available in the electronic course catalog.


The course "Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten" is offered as a seminar. Several seminars are offerd every semester and the number of participants per seminar is limited. In order to get a place in the seminar, students need to register before the start of the lecture period. Registration is done via BASIS under the function "Course registration". Deadlines are available both on BASIS and on the website of the Examination Office.
Free elective modules are offered by other faculties. In some cases, registration for these course is done before the start of the semester – as indicated in the information highlighted in green in the overview over the free electives.

Course registration Master

There is no registration for the lectures of the MSc in Economics. Students simply attend the lectures. Dates and times are available in the electronic course catalog.


The Research Modules are taught as seminars. They are offered every winter semester in the different fields of study; the number of participants is limited and therefore there is an allocation procedure for the places. Details can be found here2.

Online learning platform: eCampus

eCampus is the e-learning platform of the University of Bonn. Here you will find the online courses for your lectures with scripts, tests, exercises, chat forums, wikis and more.


Staatswissenschaftliches Seminar

The Staatswissenschaftliches Seminar is the departmental library for economics. Here you will find a wide range of books and journals on economics and business administration, as well as workstations and group rooms for studying and working. Website

Bonn University and State Library
The ULB is the central library of the university and provides students with literature and information they need for their studies. Both the Main Library and the Departmental Library MNL provide computer workstations, individual and group study areas primarily for Bonn students.

For registration and book lending, you can find all information here: ULB Website


Further important information on the examinations, examination regulations and important dates can be found on the pages of the Economics Examination Office. Registration for the individual examinations takes place via the electronic course catalog Basis

In each semester there are two exam phases, i.e. each exam is offered twice per semester and you can decide whether you want to take an exam in the first or in the second phase. Both exam phases are 2-3 weeks long and usually fall

  • In the winter semester: (1) end of January/beginning of February and (2) mid to end of March respectively
  • In the summer semester: (1) mid-July/early August or (2) mid-to-late September.

During this period, final module examinations are written or oral examinations are held. For term papers and the Bachelor thesis, the deadlines are agreed upon with the examiner.

In written examinations, students should demonstrate that they can identify problems from the material area of the respective module in a limited time and with limited aids using the methods commonly used in this area and find ways to solve them.

In term papers, students should prove that they can independently work on a limited topic in a subject area of the respective module using the methods common in this area and present it in writing in a way that meets the requirements of science. The text part of the term paper consists of at least 5 and at most 15 DIN A4 pages. The processing time for a term paper is at least four and at most six weeks from the issue of the topic. The registration of a term paper including the topic is always done in the semester of the corresponding course. The latest submission date for a term paper is determined and communicated by the examiner.

In essays, students should demonstrate that they can scientifically analyze a problem in a subject area of the associated module, raise questions, outline further related problems and lead them towards a solution. The text part of an essay comprises at least 1 and at most 10 DIN A4 pages. The processing time is at least 1 and at most 4 weeks. If several essays are to be written, the total number of pages of all essays together must not exceed 10 DIN A4 pages. The latest deadline for essays must be set and communicated by the examiner. It is in any case within the semester in which the topic is issued. The examination board announces the number of essays to be written at the beginning of the lecture period.

Presentations are oral presentations of at least 10 and at most 30 minutes in duration, through which the student documents the ability to comprehensibly present his or her own results developed using scientific methods and to explain them in the discussion. Presentations must be given no later than the end of the lecture period of the semester in which the course takes place. The date on which the presentation is to be given will be determined and communicated by the examiner.

In oral examinations, the student should demonstrate that he or she has a broad knowledge of the subject matter of the respective module, that he or she is able to recognize its interrelationships, that he or she is able to classify special questions in these interrelationships and that he or she is able to point out possible solutions.

The bachelor thesis is a written examination paper, which is supposed to show that the student is able to independently work on a problem from the field of the bachelor program "Economics" within a given period of time according to scientific methods, to find a solution and to present it appropriately. The bachelor thesis is complemented by a colloquium. In the colloquium, methodological skills are deepened, data material is obtained and prepared, if necessary and an exposé is prepared.

Students have the entire fourth semester to prepare and write the master's thesis. The goal of the master's thesis is to apply the acquired knowledge in an individual research project.

Prerequisites: In order to register for the master's thesis, students must have earned 30 credit points from the basic modules, passed an advanced module in the field of study in which they wish to write the master's thesis and passed a research module in any field of study.

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Study start Bachelor

You have been admitted to one of our Bachelor programs and are looking for information about starting your studies?

Study start Master

You have been admitted to the Master program in Economics and are looking for information on how to begin your studies?

Examination Office

All information about the examinations, regulations and important dates can be found on the pages of the Economics Examination Office

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