Spectrum of Courses

Foreign exchange students are normally allowed to choose all courses offered within the bachelor and the master program in Business Administration. Furthermore, exchange students have the possibility to participate in a large variety of courses offered by the Institute of Economics. Information about these courses is provided only if they are compulsory for students of business administration. An overview of additional courses within the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences and the latest update on the course directory can be found on the individual websites of the institutes or within the CAU Information System UnivIS:

Bachelor/Master - sorted by modules (UnivIS)

Bachelor/Master - sorted by chairs (UnivIS)


The following studies are explained in detail:

Bachelor Program in Business Administration (B.Sc.)

Master Program in Business Administration (M.Sc.) 

Starting with the academic year 2007/2008 the Program Bachelor of Science in Business Administration has been offered by the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences. After six semesters of study in which students have to perform different achievements including the writing of a bachelor thesis, the academic degree Betriebswirtschaftslehre (B.Sc.) can be acquired.

Since the graduation of the first bachelor students, the academic year 2010/2011,  the new master program has been offered. This program takes two years to complete and its contents will build up on the bachelor program allowing students to gain a deeper knowledge in the elected areas of study. After passing all necessary exams and the completion of a master thesis, students can acquire the academic degree Betriebswirtschaftslehre (M.Sc.).

Moreover the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences offers the possibility to aquire the degrees Volkswirtschaftslehre (B.Sc.)Economics (M.Sc.),Wirtschaftswissenschaft (Economics and Business Studies) (B.Sc.) / (M.Sc.) and others.

Schematic Overview of the Syllabus

The study of business administration at Kiel University is divided into two grades (as described above).

 Study paths


Assessment Procedure

Take into consideration!

  • That, there is generally a broad range of different modules and courses which could be chosen for your abroad study program. In any case you have to coordinate your choices both with the Erasmus+ Coordinator of Business Administration in Kiel and with the person responsible at your home university.
  • That questions relating to other than the official examination or passing procedures have to be addressed to the particular professors in charge.
  • That if you believe lectures are missing, you can search for modules in the master's module guide (as mentioned above, under agreement with all person in charge). 



According to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) students obtain a certain number of credit points for the successful completion of courses. In Kiel these points are called “Leistungspunkte” (LPs) within the Bachelor-/ Master Program. "Leistungspunkte" correspond to ECTS-Credits in the ratio 1:1.

LPs are awarded according to the workload, which is necessary for completing the courses (targets) successfully. The workload is composed of several efforts, such as the preparation and post-processing as well as the attendance of lectures. One LP corresponds to the workload of 30 hours. The completion of the bachelor degree requires 180 LPs, to achieve the master's degree 120 LPs are necessary.

For courses within the bachelor/master program 5-10 LPs are awarded, depending on the scope of the course. The number of credits per course can be found in the section Lectures.


All written tests and seminar papers are marked on the basis of the German grading system. The following table exhibits the conversion of German marks into ECTS grades.


Local Grade

ECTS Grade






sehr gut

very good


1 -


gut bis sehr gut

good till very good


2 +


gut und besser

good and better







2 -

B/C +

noch gut

still good


3 +


befriedigend und besser

satisfactory and better







3 -

D -

noch befriedigend

still satisfactory


4 +

E +

ausreichend und besser

sufficient and better










deficient (failed)





unsatisfactory (failed)


ECTS credits: 1 credit = workload of 30 hours

1 semester = 30 credits / 1 academic year = 60 credits


Further information concerning ECTS:



Methods of Lecturing and Learning

The following teaching methods described are used within the study programs of business administration (bachelor/master):


In lectures a general overview over the respective topic is given. As a rule, lectures take 90 minutes (= 2 hours per week; = 2 SWS) and no enrolment is required. For the corresponding exams students need to enrol during the second half of the semester on the online regestration website https://qis.zentr-verw.uni-kiel.de/ (HIS-QIS).


Several lectures, are supplemented by tutorials which extend and expand the subject matter (in generell 1 SWS).


Several lectures are followed up by advanced seminars which are usually held one semester after the respective lecture. As a prerequisite, for attending the seminars, students have to be familiar with the knowledge presented in the lecture. Exchange students in the master program should be aware that a certain knowledge of the subject area is required and expected when choosing a seminar.

Note that some professors hold seminars which are not directly linked to a specific lecture, but are focused on a current research topic or offer practical insights in areas such as negotiation management or in the completion of business games.

The member of participants is restricted to no more then 20 to 30 students may participate. The enrolment usually takes place at the end of the preceding semester.  Information on the enrollment procedure need to be researched on the homepages of the current chairs. In some cases delayed enrolment may be possible if places are still available. Credits can be acquired by writing a seminar paper and holding a presentation on the contents.

In most seminars foreign students have the possibility to present and hand in the written paper in English. Please check with the particular professor responsible about the passing conditions.

Seminars offered in the present semester can be found online in the course directory (please see below in the chapter “Master and Bachelor course program").