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!


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.

Basic courses

  • 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

Core courses

  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Graphics
  • Database Systems
  • Embedded Systems
  • Information Retrieval and Data Mining
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Architecture
  • Security
  • 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
  • Cryptography
  • Optimization
  • Semantics
  • Verification
  • Telecommunications
My career

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.

Postgraduate courses

Computer Science
Visual Computing
Educational Technology

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
Embedded Systems
Entrepreneurial Cybersecurity
Mathematik und Informatik
Language Science and Technology


How to apply

The English-language bachelor's program is subject to an admission restriction and is only offered with a start date in the winter semester. The application deadline is July 15.  

An optional application for early admission is possible on January 15 and June 01.  
(If you wish to take part in the oral entrance test in Saarbrücken, the last possible application deadline is June 01.).

To apply, you must fulfill two basic requirements: 

  1. you need a school leaving certificate that is recognized as a German direct university entrance qualification. 

  2. you additionally prove the results of a standardized aptitude test and English language skills by means of a recognized language certificate. 

As an alternative to the aptitude test, successful participation in an international science/computer science/mathematics Olympiad can also be provided as an additional qualification in addition to English language skills. 

If you are unable to provide an additional qualification in the form of an aptitude test or participation in an Olympiad, or if you are unable to provide English language proficiency through a recognized language certificate, it is also possible to apply to participate in an online, oral university entrance test (interview).  

If you intend to apply via the interview track, please note the following: 

The number of seats for the online interview may be limited. If you wish to participate in the interview, you must have submitted your application latest by June 01. 

For information on which entrance tests and proof of English language skills are accepted, please refer to these FAQs. 

In case of admission to Saarland University, you will receive a letter of admission, which regulates the further procedure. 

From the beginning of December, applications for the winter semester can be submitted via the

SIC-application portal

Please note the following instructions for applying to a higher semester

At a glance

Standard period of study6 semesters for full-time students
Part-time studies are possible
Degree qualificationBachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Languages of instructionEnglish
English language requirementsCEFR: B2 advanced  (recommended)
Restricted entryYes
Application deadline
For winter semester: 15 July
Possibility for an optional application
for early admission
15 January and 01 June

01 June
(for interview option)
Tuition feesNot applicable
Semester feeSee current fee structure
Web pageWebsite of the Bachelor programme


Zentrale Studienberatung

Campus Saarbrücken
Campus Center, Geb. A4 4, EG
Tel.: 0681 302-3513

Course adviser

Study Coordination
Department of Computer Science
Campus Saarbrücken
Geb. E1 3, Zi 2.09
66123 Saarbrücken


Central Student Advisory Service

Saarbrücken Campus
Building A4 4, Ground floor
Phone: +49 681 302-3513

Central Student Advisory Service

Accredited study programmes

Saarland University was one of the first universities in Germany to achieve Quality Assurance Accreditation and has held the Accreditation Council’s official quality mark continuously since 2012.

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