Study Guide the Bachelor's Degree Programs in the field of Computer Science (FAQ)
Based on the examination regulations of 2 July 2015.
Admissions, Financing, Organization and Program of Study
What is the standard length of study for the bachelor’s degree program?
The regular study period is six semesters. Within these six semesters, students must obtain a total of 180 credit points.
Before you begin your studies, you must enroll (matriculate) at the university. For this purpose, you must fill out the application for enrollment, which can be obtained online or in the student secretariat (Building A4 2).
In addition to this application, you need proof from your health insurance company that you are insured, and a university entrance qualification (Abitur or similar). As well, the semester fee must be paid. Further information is available here.
If enrollment is successful, you will be sent with your proof of enrollment to the university’s card office (Building C 3 1), where you will receive your student ID. This must be validated in order to be used as a bus and train ticket (semester ticket) for the duration of the respective semester.
Each semester, you must re-register. For this purpose, the semester fee has to be paid within a specified period. Shortly afterwards, it is possible to re-validate your student ID so that it can continue to be used as a semester ticket.
All organizational information can also be found on the websites of Saarland University and the Department of Computer Science. There is also information on housing accommodations. Information about the BAföG (study grants/loans) can be found on the website of the University or the Studentenwerk (Student Union), as well as the official BAföG site. There is a BAföG calculator here.
What is the Honors Program?
The Honors Program provides outstanding students with targeted support during their studies. They are individually supervised by a professor who is assigned to them as a mentor and with whom they regularly consult. In this way, it is possible for talented and motivated students to complete their studies within a shorter than average amount of time. Admission to the Honors Program normally takes place in the second semester, on the basis of examination performance during the first semester. However, it may also occur later, at the student’s request. Further information on the honors program can be found here.
Can I choose my lectures freely?
The requirements of the respective study regulations have to fulfilled in order to attain the bachelor’s degree.
Does the degree program have restricted enrollment?
The bachelor’s programs in Computer Science, Cybersicherheit, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence as well as Eingebettete Systeme are unrestricted. Therefore, it is not necessary to apply for enrollment: you can enroll directly. Everyone who wants to study the given bachelor’s programs is guaranteed a place.
The bachelor’s programs in Bioinformatics and Media Informatics are restricted, i.e. you have to apply at Saarland University.
Exams, Credit Points, and Credits for Other Activities
What are credit points?
Credit points (CP), which can be obtained through a lecture, indicate the lecture’s workload. A credit point corresponds to 30 hours’ study effort. For example, a basic lecture with 9 CP has an average workload of 270 hours.
How many credits do I have to earn per semester?
In general, 30 CP should be earned per semester. The minimum requirements are 9 CP after one semester, 18 CP after two semesters, 60 CP after four semesters, 105 CP after 6 semesters and 165 CP after 9 semesters. If a student fails to meet these minimum requirements, he or she is informed in writing that the achievement of the study objective is at risk, and is also offered a consultation with a professor of the computer science department. If a student does not meet the minimum requirements for a second time, he or she loses the right to examination at each university in the Federal Republic of Germany. This will be communicated to the student concerned by a written notification from the Examination Board. The student has the possibility to make a written statement.
What is the Examination Board?
The Examination Board is made up of elected members and their respective elected alternates (professors, academic members and students). One of these five members presides. The tasks of the Examination Board include, among other things, the processing of applications from students and the monitoring of progress after each semester. In addition, the Examination Board ensures that the provisions of the examination as well as study regulations are complied with.
What happens if I cannot participate in an exam?
If a student cannot participate in an examination, he or she must provide a valid reason. In the case of illness, a medical certificate must be submitted to the lecturer of the course without delay. If a candidate misses an examination and does not give proof of a valid reason, he or she is deemed to have failed. The same applies if a student tries to influence the test results by cheating or using non-approved aids.
Can I count my tutorial activites toward my studies?
For the supervision of a tutorial group as a tutor (“Bremser”), four non-graded CPs are given. If several groups for different courses are supervised, it is possible to obtain these points several times.
What do the performance assessments look like?
Performance assessments are part of each course. They can occur in different forms. For example, they can be based on oral or written exams, or project work. Details can be found in the study regulations. If the performance checks are passed, the student acquires the CP corresponding to the course. According to the study regulations, the results of the graded exams is reflected in a student’s final grade.
Bachelor's Thesis and Completion of the Degree
Is there a final exam for the bachelor’s degree program?
The bachelor’s program comprises in-course examinations and a bachelor’s thesis. This means there is no additional final examination.
When do I receive my bachelor’s degree?
Students who can show they have fulfilled the requirements according to their study regulations will receive their bachelor’s degree. It will reflect the results of their performance assessments and the bachelor’s thesis.
Why is the bachelor’s seminar required?
The bachelor’s seminar is a type of research colloquium, in which the student must present the topic of his or her bachelor’s thesis to the faculty of the chair where he or she wishes to write a thesis. This seminar must be completed before registering with the examination secretariat, and serves as a way to receive feedback from the faculty and to evaluate how well the student has understood the topic. The bachelor’s seminar provides 9 CP. No later than the semester after the bachelor’s seminar, the student must register his or her bachelor’s thesis; otherwise he or she has to do it again.
What is the bachelor’s thesis?
The bachelor’s thesis reports on a project that is developed under guidance. It is intended to show that the candidate is able to solve a computer science problem under guidance and to document the results within a predefined period. The work can be written in English or German, or on request also in another language. The working time for the bachelor’s thesis is 3 months. Details can be found in the examination regulations.
What is the Computer Science Students’ Representative Council?
The Computer Science Students’ Representative Council (“Fachschaft”) represents the students in this course of study. It is made up of elected members who are concerned about the interests of the students and is, so to speak, the students’ “voice”. The Council ensures, for example, that the students’ proposals for the use of the study fees are passed on to the right places.
The homepage of the Council provides much more information about its work.