About the programme
Quota 1 2018: 8.5 (Standby: 8)   |   Quota 2 2018: -  
: English  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September

The bachelor’s degree programme in Economics and Business Administration is a degree programme with an international focus.


Through the Economics and Business Administration programme, you learn to identify, understand, analyse and solve problems of an international nature in multinational and international companies.

Studying Economics and Business Administration at Aarhus University

The teaching of the programme consists of a mix of group work, classroom instruction and seminars, where you are trained to present and discuss material which is not easily accessible. You will be working with both academic texts and developing your personal skills within communication, argumentation, socialisation, collaboration and self-discipline.

International Focus, Compulsory Courses and Elective Subjects

The international focus of the programme means that the language of instruction is English and that all literature is in English. In the compulsory courses, you learn about management accounting, marketing, sales, administration, organisational behaviour, finance and investments. In addition, you are taught ancillary courses in mathematics, macroeconomics, business statistics and commercial law, and in the course of the programme you choose to specialise in either marketing, finance or management.

International Skills and Qualifications

In the course of the degree programme, you can choose to spend a semester at a foreign university. This is a chance to develop your cultural understanding and learn about cooperation in an international perspective. A period of studying abroad is an important programme element, which provides you with useful skills and qualifications for your future career in international business.

Career Opportunities

With a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration, you will be eligible for admission to a number of different master’s degree programmes. Having completed your bachelor’s degree, you can also get a job in a multinational or international company working with imports/exports or internationalisation. You can also work with financial management, accounting, sales, marketing and administration.

Top-up programme for AP degrees

If you have an AP degree in Marketing Management or Financial Management it is possible for you to top up your degree and obtain a bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration, BSc. Read more about how to top up your AP degree here.

Admission Requirements

Admission area number: 22615

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • English B
  • Mathematics B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Social Science B or Contemporary History B or International Economics B


If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

In 2020 a new admission requirement of at least 7.0 grade average in the qualifying examination (GPA) is introduced in quota 1.

Quota 2 criteria

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are admitted following an objective assessment based on the objective criteria listed below. This means that applicants who are given the highest assessment based on the objective criteria are admitted until all places are taken.

Objective criteria

  • Mathematics B with a minimum mark of 10
  • Mathematics A
  • English level B with an average mark of 10 (Danish grade scale) or English A 
  • English above level A
  • Study-related period abroad, minimum 6 months (not only Study-related periods abroad spent in relevant language areas count)
  • Study-related period abroad, minimum 1 year (not only Study-related periods abroad spent in relevant language areas count)
  • Study-related work experience, minimum 1 year (Your work experience must include paid work at approximately 30 hours per week and it must be relevant for your studies)
  • Credit-bearing post-secondary education

Please note that only activities (including work experience) covering a total period of 12 months is included. Marks and specific levels of qualification from your qualifying examination are not included in the 12 months.

As a rule it is only possible to start a higher education on a similar or lower level 6 years after you have passed your latest completed higher education. This means that if you have completed a Danish professional bachelor's degree or a fulltime bachelor’s degree you will have to wait 6 years (counting from your last passed Danish professional bachelor's degree or a fulltime bachelor’s degree) before you can apply for a new Bachelor’s degree. This is applicable for applicants in both quota 1 and quota 2.

Programme Structure

Academic Regulations

In the academic regulations, you can read more about the requirements you must meet as a student and about the programme structure. You can also read about the types of examinations and the exam requirements.

The diagram below shows how the programme is structured. In the diagram, you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.

Student Life

As a student of Economics and Business Administration, you will attend lectures, where lecturers present the topics of the week to the whole year group. In connection with the classroom instruction, you are expected to play a more active role yourself and contribute to discussions, presentations and exercises. You will also be part of a study group. In your study group, you will prepare presentations together and discuss theories. You may also decide to do some of your revision for your exams together. 

The bachelor’s degree programme in Economics and Business Administration is a full-time degree programme, even though you may not have scheduled lectures or classes every day. Below is an example of a typical week on the first semester of the programme. As you can see, you will be spending much of your time preparing for classes and lectures, and meeting with your study group. 



10:00–12:00            Classroom instruction: Mathematics

12:00–18:00            Reading 


09:00–12:00           Doing assignments

12:00–14:00            Lecture: Business Statistics

14:00–16:00            Classroom instruction: Financial Accounting 


08:00–10:00           Classroom instruction: Organisational Behaviour

10:00–12:00            Lecture: Mathematics

12:00–14:00            Study group

14:00–17:00            Reading 


08:00–10:00           Doing assignments

10:00–12:00            Lecture: Organisational Behaviour

14:00–18:00            Lecture: Financial Accounting 


10:00–12:00            Classroom instruction: Business Statistics

12:00–15:00            Reading

15:00–…                    Friday bar 

Social Life

The bachelor’s degree programme in Economics and Business Administration is characterised by an active study environment, and you have ample opportunities to join various academic and social clubs and societies.

BSS Sport

The sports association at Aarhus BSS has women and men’s football and handball teams at various levels. Other events organised by the sports association include a sports day and a Christmas party. 


StudenterLauget is a student association at Aarhus BSS, which organises social and academic events for students. The association is responsible for the Friday bars, the annual skiing trip, the Freshers’ Week for new students and a wealth of other events. 


‘Klubben,’ the student bar at the Fuglesangs Allé campus, is open to all BSS students. On weekdays, the atmosphere is intimate with students dropping by the student bar to read or meet for coffee and debates, while Friday is party time. 


Two years into your degree programme, you can join FACCA. FACCA – short for Finance and Consulting Club Aarhus – is a student association, which works to establish contact between students and business and industry. 

Studying Abroad

Economics and Business Administration is a very international programme, and it therefore makes perfect sense to spend a semester abroad. Studying in a foreign country is a perfect chance to improve your language skills, find out what it is like running a business in a foreign country and improve your cross-cultural cooperation skills.

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In the course of your studies, you gain a comprehensive understanding of the many different factors, which have an impact on the running of an international company. You learn to analyse the company’s situation and make informed decisions based on the problems you identify. 

Many graduates go on to work as consultants, project managers or analysts, for example in industrial companies or the service sector. You can also work in accounting, sales or in advertising. 

Master’s Degree Programmes

Once you have completed your bachelor’s degree programme in Economics and Business Administration, you can go on to do any number of master’s degree programmes, for example: 

  • The master's degree programme in Economics and Business Administration, where you gain insight into the financial and psychological aspects of company management.
  • The master’s degree programme in Business Economics and Auditing, which provides you with the theoretical foundation for working as an accountant and auditor. Having completed the programme and once you have been employed with a state-authorised public accountant for at least three years, you can take the practical exam to become a state-authorised public accountant yourself.

Top-Up Programme for AP Degrees (Economics and Business Administration) (Campus Aarhus)

Aarhus University offers top-up programmes for Marketing Management and Financial Management graduates from the business academies.

As an AP graduate in Marketing Management or Financial Management, you are eligible for admission to the programme in Economics and Business Administration (BSc) under the top-up programmes. Graduates from other similar programmes are not eligible for admission to the top-up programme. You are automatically granted a 90 ECTS credit transfer from your academy profession degree, and by completing an additional 90 ECTS credits, you can be awarded the bachelor’s degree, which also makes you eligible for admission to the master’s degree programmes in Economics and Business Administration. You can receive SU from the month your top-up programme begins at the earliest.   

Study Programme 

The top-up programmes start twice a year. One programme takes 1½ years, and the other 2 years.

The standard programme takes 18 months, corresponding to the workload of a normal student, and starts only in January.

On the two-year programme, the workload is lower than for a normal full-time programme. The two-year programme starts in September.

In the overview, you can see the individual study programme options.

If you are planning on continuing your studies on the master’s programme in Economics and Business Administration, it does not matter whether you choose the standard 18-month or the two-year top-up programme as the master’s programme will always start on September 1.

No matter which programme you choose, you are entitled to a student grant under the Education Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU), but any grant portions received during your earlier studies will be deducted.

Specific Admission Requirements

There is restricted admission to the programmes. Applicants are admitted in descending order based on the weighted average mark from their academy profession degree programme, until all the places have been filled.

Please note that you must have done the following elective subjects on your academy profession degree programme:

Academy profession degree programme

Elective subjects

Marketing Management   

Business Economics  


Financial Management

Advanced Statistics   


Financial controller   Advanced Statistics  

*Please note: If you started the Financial Management programme before 2014, you are not required to have done Statistics as an elective subject.

From the summer intake of 2019, all applicants with a non-Danish qualifying degree to the English top-up programme in Economics and Business Administration must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium').

Furthermore, all applicants to the Danish-taught top-up programme in Erhvervsøkonomi, HA must document Danish language qualifications comparable to a 'Danish A level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium').

Aarhus University recommends that your English and Danish qualifications are at the required levels, but the levels are only an admission requirement from the summer intake of 2019.

English language qualifications can be documented as follows:

We do not check your mathematical abilities. However, to follow the studies you must have done Mathematics B, and you can also follow the mathematics course offered on the first semester of the bachelor’s degree programme.

Application and Admission

Applications must be submitted online through the digital application portal. You must upload diplomas and transcripts.

Application guides  

Please consult the application guides below:



Application deadlines:

ProgrammeApplication deadlineStart time  Documentation deadlineAnswer to your application
1½ years1 NovemberJanuary27 January20 December
2 years1 JulySeptember1 JulyMid July