During the three years of studies, BiGSEM students in the economics profile have to obtain 40 ECTS in the field of Electives, while students in the management profile have to obtain 50 ECTS within this field. Possibilities of obtaining credits are given below:

  • Soft Skills Seminar (1 ECTS)

Training Activity I

  • BiGSEM Field Course (4 ECTS)
  • BiGSEM Reading Course with presentation (4 ECTS)

Training Activity II

  • BiGSEM Mini Course (2 ECTS)
  • BiGSEM Reading Course (2 ECTS)
  • Language Course ( 2ECTS)
  • Participation BiGSEM Workshop (2 ECTS)
  • Participation in the Summer School (2 ECTS)

Research Activity I

  • Presentation at an international scientific conference (8 ECTS)
  • Accepted paper in a scientific journal (up to 8 ECTS)
  • Research stay at a university other than the supervising universities (8 ECTS)
  • Research internship: (8 ECTS)

Research Activity II

  • Poster presentation at a conference (4 ECTS)
  • Presentation of a paper at a research seminar outside (4 ECTS)

Research Activity III

  • Participation at an international/national scientific conference (2 ECTS)


Lasha Chochua

Lasha Chochua successfully defended his thesis on "Essays in International Trade Policy and Social Choice under Ambiguity"



BiGSEM student Lasha Chochua will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in U3-140 at 2 pm on Wednesday January 16.

BiGSEM Workshop

The 13th BiGSEM Doctoral Workshop on Economic Theory took place at Bielefeld University earlier this week. The annual event is entirely organized by doctoral students for doctoral students. Out of a pool of applications, sixteen speakers where invited to talk about their research in various fields of theoretical economics. All of these talks took place in the plenary hall of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research amidst the green of the Teutoburg Forest. Afterwards, everybody returned home with new ideas and concepts. Pictures

Serhat Gezer

Serhat Gezer successfully defended his thesis on "Dynamic and Strategic Analysis of Innovations"



BiGSEM student Serhat Gezer will defend his doctoral thesis. It will take place in U3-140 at 2 pm on Friday November 23.

New visiting PhD student

Elena Iakimova from University of Calabria (IT) is taking part in BiGSEM as a visiting student in the time from 01/10/2018 to 28/02/2019. Her research interests are mainly focused on energy resources.


BiGSEM happily welcomes ExSIDE students

BiGSEM happily welcomes three second year ExSIDE doctoral students who are now doing their research in BiGSEM during the academic year 2018/19:

Ms. Fen Li
Mr. Thanh Son Pham
Mr. Severin Reissl

We wish our new students a good start and much success with their academic program!