Computer Science (English) (B.Sc.)
Saarland University regularly ranks among the top places in Germany to study computer science and was one of the very first German universities to offer undergraduate programs taught entirely in English. There are even more good reasons to study with us!
From the winter semester 2021/22, the Bachelor's degree program in Computer Science (English) can be studied entirely in English. The course content essentially corresponds to that of the German-language bachelor's degree, but the minor subject is omitted. In contrast to the German-language variant, the English-language counterpart is admission-restricted, i.e. an application with a deadline of July 15 for the winter semester is required. The selection procedure takes into account not only the grade of the university entrance qualification but also a further proof of qualification. Details can be found under Application.
Outstanding Study Environment: Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC)
From Theoretical Computer Science, Bioinformatics and Human Computer Interaction to AI and Cybersecurity—at Saarland University there is a unique variety of research areas. Over the past 50 years, the Computer Science department has established close cooperation with the Mathematics and Language Science and Technology departments as well as other renowned research institutes: Just a stone’s throw away on the campus are the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the Center for Bioinformatics and the Cluster for Multimodal Computing and Interaction. They all work together as partners at Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC) to conduct world-class research and provide a unique experience for studying in a vibrant community. Within walking distance of SIC you can find the internationally renowned Helmholtz Center for Information Security CISPA, which conducts cybersecurity research at the highest level.
Our curriculum starts with a mandatory part comprising maths, programming, algorithms and data structures, theoretical Computer Science, machine learning, and system architecture to provide a solid introduction to the foundations of CS: Example.
From the fourth semester on, you can specialize your program according to your interests by selecting among a wide range of more than 20 core courses that go deeper into a specific field (e.g. artificial intelligence, computer graphics, visual computing, complexity theory, software engineering, databases, compilers, and so on). Finally you can get to the bottom of things with advanced courses that are on the edge of current research.
You complete your studies by writing a bachelor’s thesis in one of the more than 70 research groups headed by world-class faculty here at Saarland Informatics Campus. After completing your bachelor’s degree you can continue studying at Saarland University by applying to one of our Master’s programs or our graduate school to pursue a PhD.
- Maths 1 (Calculus)
- Maths 2 (Linear Algebra)
- Maths 3 (Multivariate Calculus & Probability Theory)
- Programming 1 (Functional Programming)
- Programming 2 (Imperative Programming)
- System Architecture
- Theoretical Computer Science
- ALgorithms and Data Structures
- Software Lab
- Elements of Machine Learning
- Big Data Engineering
- Concurrent Programming
- Operating Systems
- Computer Graphics
- Database Systems
- Embedded Systems
- Information Retrieval and Data Mining
- Artificial Intelligence
- Computer Architecture
- Software Engineering
- Compiler Construction
- Automated Reasoning
- Image Processing and Computer Vision
- Computer Algebra
- Algorithms and Data Structures
- Introduction to Computational Logic
- Geometric Modelling
- Complexity Theory
Outstanding career prospects
During your studies, you’ll already have plenty of different work experience opportunities, both in academia and industry. You can work as a research assistant in the computer science department, at one of the five associated institutes or as an intern at one of the many start-ups and IT companies in the region.
With a degree from Saarbrucken under your belt, you will be an ideal candidate for jobs in leading companies in the high-tech industry. Thanks to cooperation between our campus and numerous organizations, students benefit from excellent opportunities to succeed on the global job market. Our alumni work at companies such as Google, Intel, NVidia and many other global players. If you want to pursue a career in academia, you can stay on with us at the Saarland Informatics Campus. Our institutes offer you ample opportunity to be involved in the next big breakthrough in computer science.
If you want to start your own business, Saarland University offers a particularly wide range of support for graduates and students who are budding entrepreneurs. According to recent rankings, Saarland University is in the top 10 out of over 200 German universities that were compared with regard to their support for start-ups.
In addition, access to further master's degree programs is possible with the appropriate focus in the bachelor's area and possibly the completion of individual modules:
Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
Mathematik und Informatik
Language Science and Technology
The English-language bachelor's degree program is admission-restricted. The application deadline for the winter semester is July 15.
The admission requirements consist of two components:
- You need a high-school diploma that is eligible as a German university entrance qualification. See the question below on how to check if your diplomas constitute a German university entrance qualification.
- Standard study entrance tests. We accept (SAT, ACT, TestAS, Gaokao (China), JEE (India), Suneung (South Korea)). There are two exceptional alternatives to a standard entrance test:
- You provide a certificate proving that you have taken part in the (semi-)finals of an international Computer Science competition (such as IOI).
- You can apply for an on-site interview in Saarbrücken. Note, however, that we only have a limited number of on-site interview slots, and as such being invited to the interview on its own will be competitive. Note further that we cannot refund your travel expenses.
Once you have been admitted to Saarland University, you will receive a letter of admission. The further procedure is regulated in the admission letter.
Details on the allocation of study places can be found here (Dienstbl. 2021, p. 368).
|Standard period of study||6 semesters for full-time students|
Part-time studies are possible
|Degree qualification||Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)|
|Languages of instruction||English|
|English language requirements||CEFR: B2 advanced (recommended)|
|Application deadline||For winter semester: 15 July |
|Tuition fees||Not applicable|
|Semester fee||See current fee structure|
|Web page||Website of the Bachelor programme|
Accredited study programmes
Saarland University was one of the first universities in Germany to successfully complete the system accreditation procedure. Since 2012, it has carried the seal of the Accreditation Council.