International Economics

180 Credits | 3 years | Start date: Autumn 2016 | Degree: Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics with a major in Economics


This programme teaches you how to use economic theory to understand and analyse a range of economic problems and processes.

The programme is designed to develop a thorough understanding of economics and its underlying mechanisms, at both the micro and macro level.

You will learn how different markets work and understand the dynamics in the global economy –for example gaining insight about the factors influencing economic growth and why economic development varies between different parts of the world.

The first year courses provide you with basic economic theory and basic knowledge about entrepreneurship and business administration and accounting. During the second year the programme contains courses in statistics and econometrics, providing you with the basic tools for analysing economic data. During the fifth semester you choose between courses in different areas and, if you qualify, the opportunity to spend the semester abroad at one of JIBS' partner universities. During your final semester you write a Bachelor's Thesis in Economics in the field where you have focused on.

The program gives you a good knowledge of statistics, you will read 30 credits in statistics, which means that you will have qualifications to get a minor in statistics. These courses, giving you the skills to manage and analyze statistics.

The programme is thus designed to develop your analytical skills with a focus on international economics. It is particularly suited to those who are interested in how to use advanced computational methods to analyse economic problems. This, combined with analytical skills will give you a strong advantage when looking for jobs. These skills means you have the skills to work closely with the decisions of the company / organization where you will work in the future. This means you will not only provide data, but also will analyze this data and pass on the results to your colleagues and managers.

Study abroad

You will have the opportunity to spend one semester abroad during the third year. JIBS collaborates with universities around the globe and the exchange programme offers plenty of opportunities to create a unique educational profile, improve language skills and develop a personal international network that may boost your career.


3 years, 180 credits. Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics with a major in Economics.

After Graduation

After completing this education, you will have many skills that are sought after in the labor market. The greatest skill is that you will develop your analytical skills. This means that you understand, can integrate and analyze problems. These skills are important and useful both in the private and public sector. A graduate in economics also opens up for an international career. Future work-tasks include market analyzes and investigations in various private companies and public organizations, such as financial institutions, large multinational companies, and public organizations. Thus, the program provides good career opportunities in the banking and financial sector, national and multinational companies, and public sector. In addition, the education open up opportunities for work in aid organizations and UN agencies.

Examples of what our students now work with are: deputy regional director (Confederation of Swedish Enterprise), credit analyst (Nordea), market analysts (ADB Consulting Europe, Albania), and investment analysts (Venture Capital at Eurofin Ventures, Switzerland).

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Credits: 180,0 ECTS
Level: Bachelor's
Rate of study: Full-time
Place of study: Campus-based
Language: English
Start date: Autumn 2016
Application code: HJ-KU007
General entry requirements include high school diploma; with specific demand on mathematics, civic/social studies, and English proficiency. Read more about our English Requirements.

Read more about our Admissions Requirements.

The number of places is limited and a selection is made based on high-school diploma GPA and letter of motivation.

(Special Selection: We reserve a limited number of extra seats within this bachelor programme for applicants who are considered particularly suited to the education and JIBS’ profile. Read more.)

Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics with a major in Economics

Tuition fees: SEK 100,000 per year

Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students


NB - preliminary list of courses

Year 1 Autumn

Entrepreneurship and Business Planning 7.5 credits
Macroeconomic Principles 7.5 credits
Microeconomic Principles and Mathematics for Economics 7.5 credits
Basic Financial Accounting 7.5 credits

Year 1 Spring

International Trade Theory 7.5 credits
Industrial Organisation 7.5 credits
Issues in Development Economics 7.5 credits
International Macroeconomics and Finance 7.5 credits

Year 2 Autumn

Intermediate Microeconomics and Mathematical Economics 7.5 credits
Business Statistics 1 7.5 credits 
Business Statistics 2 7.5 credits
Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory 7.5 credits

Year 2 Spring

Law and Economics 7.5 credits
Corporate Finance 1 7.5 credits
Econometrics 1 7.5 credits
Organization and Leadership 7.5 credits

Year 3 Autumn

Studying abroad/Elective courses, 30 credits

Year 3 Spring

Bachelor thesis in Economics 15 credits
7.5 credits
Corporate finance 2 7.5 credits

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Content checked / updated 2016-03-23

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