Study­ing eco­nom­ics be­fore the Abit­ur

The programme for motivated pupils

Our programme is aimed at particularly high-performing and motivated students from secondary school onwards who have a specific interest in economic topics. The students take part in one or more semesters of regular courses at the university and have the opportunity to take exams and earn their first credit points. These can be credited towards a later regular Bachelor's degree programme at the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics.

In addition to the economics courses, the students take part in a general framework programme and two subject-specific orientation and attendance days per semester, which cover overarching topics related to studying, such as the presentation of degree programmes and career prospects, learning during studies, exam preparation, self-organisation and time management, financing studies, reading and writing methods. Participants in the programme thus gain valuable insights into everyday life at university and the subjects studied, which can make it easier to start studying in the future.

The aim of the programme is to provide individual support for pupils and early guidance in the context of career orientation.

„Ich fand es extrem gut, dass es das Programm gibt, weil es mir die Nervosität vor der Uni genommen hat. Unsere Klasse hat dadurch einen Vorteil. Wir haben außerdem erfahren, dass man die Klausur, die man schreibt, auch bestehen kann.”

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Christine Silberhorn.
Teilnehmerin von Studieren vor dem Abi


Pupils (primarily from year 9) can participate as individuals or in class groups (e.g. as part of a differentiation area) who are particularly motivated to deal with economic topics in addition to everyday school life and to gain initial experience at university. Participation in the Studying before the Abitur programme is decided by the respective school.

Participation in the programme is tied to the semester and lecture periods of the university. The programme can be started either in the winter semester (from 1 October) or in the summer semester (from 1 April). It is not possible to join the programme during the semester. The programme starts at the beginning of the semester with a welcome event for all participants.

All courses are part of our economics degree programmes. The total workload of the sub-modules is tailored to students. In addition, all materials and some lectures are offered digitally so that students do not have to miss any classes for the programme.

The following (partial) courses can be taken as part of the programme:

Winter semester Summer term
  • Introduction to economics
  • marketing
  • Personnel, organisation and management
  • Private Business Law
  • Annual financial statements
  • Cost performance accounting
  • Investment and financing
  • Production and cost theory

The holiday periods and general conditions of the school year are taken into account, among other things, through separate examination dates. However, the examination level remains unchanged and corresponds to the requirements of the degree programme. All (partial) achievements are recorded for later crediting and tracked internally so that students can have their achievements recognised in a regular degree programme. Achievements and participation in the orientation and attendance days are certified.

We provide support with formal processes such as enrolment or registration on the university's learning platforms. We also offer face-to-face workshops on study orientation and how to study successfully. Our contact persons are available at all times(

Sev­er­al semesters of pre­lim­in­ary stud­ies

The programme can also be taken over several semesters. Different workshop topics are offered each semester.

Ap­plic­a­tion and ad­mis­sion

If you are interested in participating in the Studying before the Abitur programme in economics, an initial information meeting will be held for pupils or teachers. An enquiry can be sent to at any time. Provided that all framework conditions have been agreed and participation is approved by the school, enrolment as a young student at Paderborn University takes place before the start of the semester (by 31 August for the winter semester/ 31 February for the summer semester).

Further programmes for pupils

Would you like to get a taste of university life during term time? We offer other programmes for different age groups and periods. On this page you will find information on programmes such as "Spring & Autumn University", where you can visit the university during the holidays, or "Come along" to accompany a student through everyday life.

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Studieren vor dem Abi in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften


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Study pro­gramme

As one of the largest economics departments in Germany, we are able to think and teach economics in many different ways. We offer both generalist and specialised economics degree programmes. Our motto: diverse - international - practical - personal!

Taster of­fers

In order to make it easier for students to decide on a course of study and career, the Central Student Advisory Service offers events and advice on the topic of study orientation in cooperation with the faculties and the Federal Employment Agency.

Stu­dent coun­selling

The Student Office is available as a contact in the field of study & teaching. If you need advice on a possible degree programme, in particular the start of your studies, study structure, course planning or semester planning, you are welcome to make use of the office hours or contact us.