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Bachelor of Arts - Undergraduate Program

Global Economics and Management (GEM) - The Program

A multitude of political, social and cultural forces drive economic decisions in our globalized world. To understand these forces, students need to learn about the many challenges faced by today’s firms and economies. These include resource scarcity, climate change, economic growth, financial crises, or inequalities. The program Global Economics and Management views the classical studies of business administration and economics within a global context and combines them with knowledge from political science, sociology and management. Students gain a transdisciplinary understanding of global economic challenges with an emphasis on sustainable development and responsible leadership.

The Bachelor program Global Economics and Management has received excellent ranking results in the most recent university ranking conducted by the Center for Higher Education (CHE).

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Career Perspectives

Careers in international companies and organizations in areas such as purchasing, production, sales, engineering, and consultancy and with non-governmental organizations and international aid agencies.

Key Facts

Program Start Date 2020:

last week of August (orientation week), first week of September (classes)


€ 20,000 per academic year
+ € 8,000 living expenses


All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships of up to € 15,000 per year.

Application Deadlines 2020:

June 1 (global) and July 15 (for applicants who do not need a visa)


3 years full-time


Financing Options:

Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.

5 Reasons

5 reasons why you should study Global Economics and Management (GEM) at Jacobs University

  1. Best preparation for a top career in global business or economics
  2. Benefit from individual career planning and early work life access
  3. High academic rigor of the program prepares for top graduate programs at the world’s leading universities
  4. Benefit from start-up business support, international internships and study-abroad opportunities
  5. Learn and live with talented students from over 100 nations on one campus


The three-year undergraduate program involves six semesters of study with a total of 180 ECTS credit points (CP). The curricular structure follows an innovative and student-centered modularization scheme - the 3C-Model - that groups the disciplinary content of the three study years according to overarching themes:


Study program structure

CHE Ranking

The well known Center for Higher Education (CHE) certifies: GEM provides top-flight education in economics and management in Germany! In 2018, GEM is in the #1 group for the quality of courses offered, the organization of its examinations, the opportunities in the curriculum, the scientific basis of its education, the support provided by instructors, access to professional skills and in the quality of its facilities, among other great marks.
The Global Economics and Management (GEM) program was introduced at Jacobs University in 2010 with the support of many national and international companies. It has been one of the most popular study programs on Campus ever since.
In 2014, CHE ranking revealed some of the reasons for the popularity of the Global Economics and Management program: GEM students were particularly satisfied with the job market preparation and the research orientation of their program. The students highly rated the practical relevance of seminars and lectures and the emphasis placed on the critical analysis of the educational content. The program was also ranked at the top of the categories of “courses offered”, “teacher support”, “study organization” and “international orientation”. Highest marks were given for the interdisciplinary orientation of the courses and the low student-teacher ratio.

The new Global Economics and Management program, launched in 2015, has been carefully modified to meet the needs of the students and repeat this success. It offers students the option of focusing exclusively on the core disciplines of economics and management. Courses in related fields can be taken as part of many specializations or a minor.
In 2017, CHE ranking reinforced the leading position of Jacobs University in the fields of business and economics. GEM is now in the top group for graduation time and international orientation. Economic sciences at Jacobs University ranked #1 in Germany for the quality of courses offered, research orientation, teacher support, study organization and support – both in studies and in the study entry phase. Economic sciences at Jacobs University were also #5 in job-market and career orientation. Last but not least, our research activities in the fields of economics and management ranked #3.
At the end of March, Jacobs University also received top marks in the international U-Multirank. In the areas of research, knowledge transfer, degree courses and teaching, internationalization, and regional engagement, Jacobs is among the five best universities in Germany.

Students & Alumni

Jacobs taught me that my dreams were valid.


Isabel Gora

I think my education at Jacobs did prepare me for my career in a couple of ways.


Varun Dadlani

Not only are they passionate about what they are teaching but they are ready to adjust their course structure to help students learn more efficiently and succeed.


Jonathan Rittmayer


Global Economics and Management is a program of the Business & Economics Department, Jacobs University. GEM feeds on the Department’s latest research activities to deliver state-of-the-art education to its students.

Our expertise covers a wide array of topics, such as: international business, China and BRIC countries, foreign direct investments, organization theory, network reliability, international economics, energy and sustainability, management information systems, organizational behavior, aging workforce, design thinking, or diversity management. The Department’s work appears regularly in the best academic journals worldwide.

This area includes topics such as social cohesion, state systems, and the preservation of social welfare or the effects of regulatory systems on the individual, such as their impact on human rights. Diversity is thus regarded as a driving force behind development and progress.
Life on campus
Become part of a global community
Jacobs Students come from all over the world to live and learn at Jacobs University. Our student body represents 120 nations. They form an ambitious campus community whose internationality is unprecedented in Europe. Jacobs University’s green and tree-shaded 80-acre campus provides much more than buildings for teaching and research.
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