In A Nutshell
Well-informed and motivated employees who understand and serve customers’ needs are the key to success in the insurance industry. The requirements for these employees keep increasing. This is because the target group is also changing its requirements and the way they obtain information. Coburg University offers the Bachelor's degree in Insurance to prepare future employees adequately for their responsibilities in the insurance industry. Students learn to work in an interdisciplinary and solution-oriented manner.
There are three variants of the Bachelor's program in Insurance:
- Combined (in parallel to an apprenticeship)
- Part-time professional program (in parallel to a job in the insurance sector)
It is important to us to increase the social, communication, and networking skills of our students. To this end we use application-oriented projects. Specialists from the profession are integrated as assistant lecturers. They contribute their experience and specific case studies from the profession and discuss them with the students. You can find an overview of projects, events, or workshops that our students can attend in the current Annual report on insurance programs.
Required internship semester
The required internship usually takes place in the fifth semester of the program. It spans a continuous period of 19 weeks. In addition, students will visit educational events to accompany their practical training. Students can also complete their internship abroad. The International Office of Coburg University can provide more information about this.
Structure of the Program
SEMESTERS 1 - 4
Important business administration and insurance-specific fundamentals are taught in the first to the fourth semesters. It includes the following contents:
Fundamentals of insurance operations
- Insurance products and operations
- Insurance law
- Insurance regulation
- Tariff determination and calculation
- Cost accounting and controlling
Business administration fundamentals
- General business administration
- Business English (B2)
- Bookkeeping and balancing
- Personnel and organization
- Marketing and sales
- Finances and investment
- Business IT
- 2 elective modules
In addition, students complete interdisciplinary modules and projects.
The fifth semester is a systematically accompanied internship semester that is completed in an insurance business.
SEMESTERS 6 & 7
The sixth and seventh semesters serve to develop in-depth knowledge in business administration and insurance topics. This includes:
Fundamental principles in economics
- Strategy and management
- Seminar: Current aspects of insurance
Compulsory elective module
- 2 insurance focus modules
- 2 business administration focus modules
- 2 methodology modules
- 2 courses in the general curriculum
The Bachelor's thesis concludes the program and is accompanied by a seminar.
Curriculum and Examination Regulations
The [module plan]* provides an overview of the structure of the program. The [module manual]* provides information about the content of the individual modules. The [study and examination regulations]* form the legal basis for the study program. Contact Kerstin Kroner in the academic program office for inquiries concerning the contents of the insurance program.
*only available in german at the moment
FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation) certified that the insurance programs at the Coburg University prepare their students especially well for professional requirements. Traditional insurance companies are always looking for academically qualified insurance specialists. Insurance brokers and agents also always need specialists with high qualifications. Other potential areas of employment include the insurance departments of commercial and industrial businesses and business consultancy firms.
After completing their degree, graduates have the possibility of continuing their studies with a suitable Master's program at Coburg University. For this purpose, the university offers the Master's program in “Business Administration with focus on "Insurance Management M.A.”, the international Master's program “Financial Management” (MBA), and the part-time professional "Business Administration M.A.".
Application and Admission Requirements
Prospective students with a general matriculation standard, subject-specific matriculation standard or technical college certificate may apply, as may insurance operations managers (DVA), insurance technical specialists (IHK), or specialists for insurance and finance (IHK examination) with at least three years of professional experience ("qualified professionals").
Admissions to the program are generally not restricted, i.e. there is no numerus clausus (NC, a grade-based waiting list). You can find more information on the application procedure and admission requirements here.
Status: December 2019.
Further and current informations can also be found on the German website of this course.