Business Administration

Have you ever wondered what business people actually do? Are you interested in understanding the societal, political and economic contexts in which businesses and whole economies operate? Would you like to get involved during your studies, and develop critical thinking skills with a focus on ethical issues? If you answered yes to the questions above, then this might be the right program for you.



Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)


Department of Business, Cultural and Legal Studies

Projected Length of Studies

7 Semester

Start of Studies

winter + summer semester

Standard Class Size


Application Deadline

15.Jan for summer semester ,
15.Jul for winter semester


Zeva 2017

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Please note: There are currently no English-only degree programs at the HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied Sciences Konstanz.

You can get information about prerequisites for studying at the HTWG Konstanz here.

Welcome to the Business Administration Program (Bachelor) at the HTWG Konstanz

...thank you for your interest in our program..

The following section will help you decide if our program matches your needs and expectations.

Our Program Philosophy

The basic idea behind our program is that a university degree should enable graduates to work professionally in a wide array of professional disciplines - instead of specializing in only one specific area. Thus we chose a generalist approach when designing the curriculum for the Business Administration major. We decided it was better if our students do not specialize too early in their studies.

This seems to be a particularly sensible approach for a field that is, by nature, very heterogeneous. The major in Business Administration includes content from economics, as well as mathematics, law, sociology, psychology and philosophy. Thanks to the broad range of courses offered in our program, graduates are prepared to work in almost any type of organization or business.

What are our program’s goals?

In addition to providing our students with technical skills, we also offer numerous opportunities to further develop methodological and social skills, such as project work or communication and behavioral trainings (e.g. Soft Skills, Communications Seminars).

If you decide to study in our program, you will receive a top-notch degree. But we will also be expecting a lot from you. As Galileo Galilei said: “You can’t teach people anything; you can only help them discover it within themselves." In that vein, we expect our students to become engaged in their studies, take initiative, think critically, reflect upon themselves, and join us in a process of discovery.

We look forward to receiving applications from curious and interested individuals. Please contact us if you want to learn more.

We are one of Germany’s top Business Administration programs:

The Business Administration program at the HTWG Konstanz in 2020 was rated the 8th best program among Germany’s universities of applied sciences by the business magazine, Wirtschaftswoche.



Please note that this is currently a German-language degree program. The German Abitur degree, university qualifications (Fachhochschulreife) or equivalent are required for admittance to our program. You will need C1 level German skills to attend full time.

Exchange students are welcome to take classes, for more information regaring course choices for exchange students please turn to our International Office.

International students who intend to apply for a full-time study program should get further information from the Center for International Students. There you can get your credentials recognized and learn about our German preparation program.

An internship prior to starting the Business Administration Program is not required.

You can either start your studies in the winter or summer semester. A total of 45 students are admitted to our program each semester.

Why study Business Administration at the HTWG Konstanz?

  • We offer ... a comprehensive, generalist education with a practical-orientation. Our students lay the foundation for their careers and select their own, individual focus from the wide array of classes offered by our diverse faculty.

  • We work ... in small groups and in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. This includes an active exchange between faculty and students as well as our extensive support of students in the program.

  • We support ... multi-semester projects and interdisciplinary studies. This interdisciplinarity is a part of our campus culture. Students also have access to various workshops and labs that can be used for classes and projects.

  • We teach... ethical business thinking and conduct. Our aim is to shed light on how companies can be successful and do business “with integrity” under the functional constraints of capitalist market economies.

  • We think... "outside the box." We provide our students with numerous opportunities to study abroad, which can be integrated into the major. These international experiences, whether at one of our partner universities, as free movers, or in companies, are incredibly valuable for the personal development and education of our students.

Profile and Mission

  • Profile of the Business Administration Program at the HTWG Konstanz

    Our graduates receive a generalist education. In addition to acquiring professional credentials, they also learn methodological and social skills. They prove themselves through their work in various projects, display engagement and initiative, and learn to critically examine economic issues.

    Thanks to the broad range of courses offered in our program, our graduates are prepared to work in almost any type of organization or business. For example, our graduates work for large, mid-sized and small companies, consulting firms, service providers, as well as international companies and non-profit organizations.

  • Our Mission

    Our guiding principle is to provide our students with high-quality teaching in a program that »you can really feel«, characterized by open doors, excellent supervision and advising support. Our goal is to offer our students ample opportunity to explore and further develop their personal and professional skills.

    This includes experiences such as outdoor trainings, in-house projects that are part of the preparation for the internship semester, as well as developing and running different assessment centers or taking part in various communication and soft skills workshops.

Program Characteristics

The Business Administration program is a 7-semester program with an internship semester in the 5th semester.

A key element of our program is developing students’ Business English skills. There are mandatory courses in the second, third and fourth semesters to prepare our graduates for the (international) job market.

A special feature of our program is our focus on the ethical aspects of business, a subject area which is noit very common among study programs in Business Administration throughout the country. Our students grapple with business ethics issues in both the fourth and sixth semesters.

In the sixth and seventh semesters, students have the opportunity to take elective courses in addition to their core courses. These may include a second foreign language or an elective course based on their own personal interests.

A number of the core and elective courses are held in English, offering our students an additional opportunity to expand their English skills.


One more comment regarding specialization in your major

As mentioned earlier, we made a conscious decision to take a generalist approach when we designed the Business Administration curriculum. Nonetheless, students still have the option of choosing an individual focus during the course of their studies. This can be done, for example, by:

*  the choice of company/ company size, the industry or the concrete
   task area during the internship semester,
*  the topics you choose for your electives (6th and 7th semesters),
*  the choice of topic for the project colloquium (7th semester),
*  integrating personal experiences abroad
   (study abroad or internship abroad),
*  or your choice of topic for the bachelor’s thesis.

All of these options allow you to choose an individualized emphasis in your studies, independent of the program’s pre-defined curriculum.


Portrait von Prof. Dr. Frank Best

Prof. Dr. Frank Best
Program Director Business Administration BW
Room P 208
+49 7531 206-338

Office hours
Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:00 (only during the lecture period)

Portrait von Ulrike Zahn

Dipl.-Betriebswirtin (BA) Ulrike Zahn
Program Assistant Business Administration Program
Room P 209
+49 7531 206-410

Office hours
Mo.-Fri.: 09:00 - 12:00 a.m.

Portrait von Sabine Bethge

Dipl.-Verw.-Wiss. Sabine Bethge
Referentin BWL
Room P 203
+49 7531 206-425

Office hours
Telefonisch erreichbar: Mo. - Fr.: 10:00 - 12:00 Uhr und nach Vereinbarung per eMail