EUROPEAN ECONOMY AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

“European Economy and Business Management – Practice-oriented teaching and learning, the specialisation focus on the "Black Sea Region", as well as the opportunity to learn Russian and study in St. Petersburg for a semester – all these things have helped to acquire an perspective that goes beyond the confines of Austria, and discover the diverse chances and opportunities Europe has to offer me for my career.“

Marin Skelo, BA, Alumnus

 

Qualification awarded
Bachelor degree programme (6 semesters, 180 ECTS credits): Bachelor of Arts in Business; abbreviated: BA

Level of qualification
Bachelor degree programme: first cycle, ISCED 5A, EQF level 6

Specific admission requirements
Admission to a bachelor degree programme at a university of applied sciences is granted upon the basis of the Austrian higher secondary school leaving certificate (Reifezeugnis), its foreign equivalent, or the successful completion of a special university entrance examination (Studienberechtigungsprüfung). Students of compulsory lower schools who have completed additional schooling in the form of apprenticeships as skilled workers may also take a vocationally based examination acknowledged as equivalent to the higher secondary school leaving certificate (Berufsreifeprüfung). Admission to universities of applied sciences is based on a selective admissions process. The admission process for the degree programme European Economy and Business Management (bachelor programme) consists of a written application, an interview and a multiple-choice test. All applicants must have good German and English language skills.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning (formal, non-formal and informal)
Students who have acquired certain competences through prior learning can apply for the recognition of these. If the competences were acquired within the framework of a formal learning process (university or equivalent, or other recognized training /education institutions), the programme director decides on the basis of the provided documents (transcripts, course descriptions, etc.), if the credits for the prior learning can be transferred. If competences were acquired in a non-formal or informal context, students can request a competence ascertainment test. If the student passes this test, the competences acquired through prior learning will be credited. Applications for recognition of prior learning have to be submitted within 14 days of the beginning of the semester in which the course is situated. Students must substantiate a request for recognition of prior learning with original documents or officially authenticated copies.

Recognition of study abroad periods
Before the study abroad period every prospective mobile student draws up a learning agreement which has to be approved by the UAS bfi Vienna and the host institution. In case of changes in the study programme the learning agreement may be amended. All changes have to be approved by both the UAS bfi Vienna and the host institution. After the mobility period students hand in their transcripts of records to the mobility coordinator, who will facilitate the recognition based on the signed learning agreements and the approved changes. The credits obtained at the host institution in accordance with the learning agreement are automatically transferred into the transcript of records of the UAS bfi Vienna with their original titles and a reference to the host institution, where the study abroad credits were obtained.

Qualification requirements and regulations
The bachelor programme in European Economy and Business Management does not require previous knowledge that goes beyond the level of the general university entrance examination. However, prospective students should have teamwork skills, communication skills, an interest in foreign languages and in international and intercultural challenges.

Profile of the programme
The bachelor programme European Economy and Business Management is a 6-semester programme to be studied either in a full-time or in a career-parallel form (Career-parallel programmes are designed for working students and take their specific situation into account. The semester takes 20 weeks and classes are held on three evenings per week and on Saturdays.). It can be divided into 6 subject areas:

  1. Management: Marketing, Logistics, Strategy, Intercultural Management, Export Management, Information Management.
  2. Finance and Accounting: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Corporate Accounting, International Accounting.
  3. Law Studies: Private Law, EU and Public Commercial Law
  4. European Studies: Political Science, Micro/Macro-Economics, EU Institutions and Politics, Political Economy Economic History, Political Systems, Economic Policy
  5. Foreign Languages: English, Compulsory Elective Language (French, Spanish, Russian)
  6. Methods & Skills: Personality Development, Mathematics & Statistics, Project Management, Entrepreneurship

 

The study plan also includes electives (a specialization in either Controlling & Finance or European Management) and the writing of two bachelor's theses. The first is written in the 5th semester in the field of either Controlling & Finance or European Management. The second bachelor's thesis is prepared in the 6th semester in the field of Political Science, Economics or Law Studies. An internship in the future vocational field during the 6th semester is mandatory.
Graduates of this degree programme can carry out various management functions (e.g. in export, finance, marketing, personnel and project management) in large or medium-sized companies with a strong international orientation (e.g. companies with subsidiaries abroad or companies with substantial exporting activities). Thanks to their solid foreign language skills and their comprehensive understanding of the European integration process graduates of the bachelor degree programme European Economy and Business Management could also work in the EU administration. In addition graduates could also work as consultants (e.g. tax consultants, EU funding consultants).

Key learning outcomes
Graduates of the bachelor degree programme European Economy and Business Management are able to:

  • plan and carry out export trade transactions including insurance cover;
  • carry out feasibility studies in order to implement foreign market entry and market handling strategies;
  • select international suppliers ("global sourcing") and prepare make-or-buy decisions;
  • draw up an internal communication policy considering intercultural characteristics;
  • arrange for employees to be posted abroad;
  • apply for EU aid for international projects, and run these international projects.

 

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples
Graduates of the bachelor degree programme European Economy and Business Management are prepared to master duties and responsibilities as described above (key learning outcomes) primarily in larger internationally oriented companies and organizations, e.g.:

  • Austrian companies that are highly export-oriented or have foreign subsidiaries,
  • foreign companies operating in Austria,
  • Austrian or foreign headquarters and subsidiaries of international groups,
  • international accountancy and auditing firms,
  • business consultancy companies,
  • public Services (ministries, financial authority etc.),
  • EU-Administration (EU-commission etc.),
  • international Organizations (UN, OECD etc.),
  • other non-profit-organizations (political parties, NGOs).

 

Graduates of the bachelor programme European Economy and Business Management should assume duties as highly qualified experts but mostly not in leading positions.

Access to further studies
Graduates of UAS bachelor degree programmes may enrol in master programmes at universities and UASs.

Course structure diagram with credits
  European Economy and Business Management BA (PDF, 116.96 KB)

Course descriptions in German
Course descriptions in English

Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Every examination can be repeated twice, whereby the third examination is before a commission. In case of a negative commission examination, a once only application to repeat a year can be made to the degree programme director. According to the modalities for examinations outlined in the curricula, achievement may be evaluated upon the basis of oral and written exams or project related work. In principle oral examinations are open to the public (Source: Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research Unit III/7).
Final examination: For UAS bachelor degree programmes, independently written works, so-called bachelor theses, are to be produced within the lectures, the concluding bachelor examination is held in the form of a commission.

Austrian Grading Scheme (PDF, 38.95 KB)

Additional information about the grading system is provided in the Transcript of Records (ToR) and the Diploma Supplement.

Graduation requirements
For UAS bachelor degree programmes, independently written works, so-called bachelor theses, are to be produced within the lectures. The final examination in bachelor degree programme consists of a committee examination before an examination board. This committee examination consists of an oral examination of the completed bachelor theses and all relevant subjects of the curriculum. Requirement for permission to take the final examination: all proof of performance, including both bachelor theses, has been evaluated positively.

Mode of study (full-time, part-time, e-learning…): full-time, career-parallel

Programme director or equivalent: Elisabeth Springler, tel.: ++43-1-7201286-20