10 reasons to study at the SIC
Great student-teacher ratio
At Saarland University Computer Science, there is one researcher for every four students – a ratio that enables optimal support and inspiration towards obtaining an excellent degree. And if things get difficult, a multitude of tutors, inspiring teachers, and well-designed courses help you on your way to achieving your goals. There are plenty of possibilities from the beginning for working with professors and senior researchers in their groups. Excellent and highly motivated students can be part of our Honors Program with its special challenges and support. Your teachers are waiting for you!
Great financial support
If you want to invest your full potential into your studies, you should not have to worry about money. A large number of teaching assistantships are available at Saarbrücken Computer Science, providing not only money but also credit points towards your degree. Excellent students can receive scholarships. The Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science grants Ph.D. scholarships starting right after your B.Sc. degree. Last but not least, in Saarbrücken you can also attend courses and labs during the term breaks, a great opportunity to gain time and flexibility in your studies.
More than meets the eye
Computer science alone is too specialized for you? We also offer programs in Bioinformatics and Embedded Systems, as well as a multitude of minor subjects that you can combine with computer science. On the menu are areas such as Mathematics, Information Sciences, Medical Technology, Physics, and even subjects as far-reaching as Music and Psychology. At the M.Sc. level, an interdisciplinary Master’s in Visual Computing program is also in place.
In English, please!
Beginning with the fifth semester of our Bachelor’s program, all lectures are held in English; the M.Sc. program is entirely in English. In Saarbrücken, you will find students from all across the globe, including your home country. English is the standard language of communication in our international research groups as well. Graduates from Saarbrücken Computer Science are sought after all over the world.
Believe it or not, there is life beyond studying – and it can be found right here in Saarland. Bordering France, Saarbrücken is multi-national by its very nature. It will quickly win you over with its open and integrative atmosphere, combining French savoir-vivre with the approachability of its down-to-earth and friendly inhabitants.
The Cluster of Excellence
Saarbrücken is a recognized site for “elite computer science”, thus receiving exceptional government funding. The Multimodal Computing and Interaction Cluster of Excellence has been awarded 40 million Euros, a record sum for a German CS department and an excellent opportunity for students who want to participate in research projects..
Top Career Opportunities
Science, industry, or even a start-up company?
Our two international graduate schools open the way to science:
At the “Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science”, students can begin their doctoral studies as soon as they have completed their bachelor’s degree. The structured program offers flexible entry, a wide range of course offerings, and access to a variety of research fields. And of course there is a stipend, so that students can concentrate fully on their doctoral examinations.
The “International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science” is a joint graduate program of the Max Planck Institutes and the university. Here as well, students are offered a first-class education under excellent research conditions.
Numerous collaborations offer an excellent springboard into the economy:
From the finance sector or the automotive industry, through space programs or medical applications, to entertainment and business consulting: our graduates are in high demand nationally and internationally as developers, optimizers, security experts, data analysts, or language processing specialists.
With the help of the IT-Incubator, another option may be to market an idea or discovery that arises during one’s studies, or to start a small business. Thanks to numerous support, advice and mentoring options, the university has even been distinguished as an EXIST-Gründerhochschule (Start-up University).
The Max Planck Institutes
The Max Planck Institute for Computer Science and the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems are among the best addresses worldwide for researchers interested in basic research in computer science. They are also among the most desirable employers. Both research institutes are located on the Saarbrücken campus, right next to the computer science department. Their directors and researchers collaborate intensively with the university both in research and teaching.
The German Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
The German Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is the leading German research institute in the field of innovative software technology and is strongly connected with the university and its programs. This institute is also located on the Saarbrücken university campus. Experience at DFKI is an excellent career booster.
Awards, Awards, Awards!
In Saarbrücken, research in computer science is fun – and wins prestigious awards. Our researchers have received top national and international awards, frequently starting with a best paper award as a student. Here’s our current list of awards.