Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
ECTS credits: 180
Regular period of study: 6 semesters
Admission: First subject semester commences in winter semester
Application period: 1 June–15 July
China’s transformation from a closed socialist economy to one of the world’s most important emerging markets is without precedent in recent economic history. China’s rise is both a challenge and an opportunity. Consumers across the world have benefited from lower prices for the products China provides to the global market in large quantities each year. More than a billion potential customers also represent a very important market for foreign companies that export goods to China and/or produce them there.
China’s ancient culture has fascinated the West for a long time: Confucianism and Taoism, Qigong and acupuncture have also come to enrich our lives. Chinese contemporary art fetches record prices on international markets, and its foreign cultural policy invests significant funds in the promotion of Chinese language and culture.
China will use the coming years for further expansion. This will not only improve living standards in China. In the future, China’s growth will also leave its mark on the global economy, as it increasingly takes on the role of a “global player.”
Hamburg is the ideal location for Chinese oriented studies: The Hanseatic city’s port is the second largest in Europe and the seventh largest in the world in terms of container throughput, with the majority of Chinese trade with Europe passing through the Port of Hamburg. The first commercial contact with China began in the eighteenth century. Today China is one of Hamburg’s most important partners. More than ever, the Hanseatic city is a popular location for Chinese organizations and businesses in Europe, with more than 400 Chinese businesses already established here. For them, Hamburg is “the place to be” and several have established their German or European headquarters in the Hanseatic city. Conversely, over 700 Hamburg companies are involved in trade with China and constitute a unique network in Germany. More than 50 of these companies maintain offices or joint ventures in China.
China’s booming economy provides enormous professional opportunities for future graduates, thanks to the increasing demand for China experts that combine economics, language, and cultural studies.
The interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in the Economy and Culture of China offers you expertise in these areas. It is ideal for students seeking a solid first degree in economics with a special focus on China. The program also provides students interested in Chinese culture and languages with additional skills in economics that will facilitate subsequent entry into the labor market.