Points of Contact
Whether you have difficulties with a lecture, struggles with the bureaucracy, health restrictions or private problems – here nobody is left without help! The university offers many contact points to provide individual, personal support.
Computer Science Students' Representative Council
The Computer Science Students’ Representative Council (Fachschaft) helps new students in particular to find their way around.
For bachelor’s/teaching students:
We provide support even before the beginning of the semester, but also in your first week on campus:
- Mathematics Preliminary Course: This four-week course in September prepares you in mathematics for your study program. Not to be missed!
- Orientation Day: This event supports students shortly before the beginning of the semester with a wide range of information about the computer science study program.
- Introductory course: This informative course takes place within the first four weeks of the semester. The location and time are given in the course directory. For the teacher training program there is an additional introductory course, which is also listed in the course directory.
For master’s students:
Simply contact the Study Coordination Office once you arrive in Saarbrücken; we are happy to help all new master’s students directly.
During your studies, the annually elected Computer Science Students’ Representative Council is the contact point for, and represents the interests of, the student body in relation to all other university and non-university bodies. In addition, study-related and cultural events are organized regularly. Theses can also be printed and bound free of charge.
Studentenwerk (Student Union) and Psychological and Psychotherapeutic Counseling Center
The Studentenwerk im Saarland e.V. takes care of the well-being of students on many levels. In addition to running the dining hall (Mensa) and a child-care center, assistance is offered for finding housing and financing of studies.
The Psychological and Psychotherapeutic Counseling Center is also located there and offers, among other things, courses for coping with personal crises, writer’s block, or test anxiety.
Contact Point for Students with Disabilities (KSB)
The KSB supports students with disabilities or chronic illnesses in all aspects of their studies. Teaching and administrative staff can also obtain advice on how to meet special needs of students.
Along with general measures regarding accessibility on campus, there are various networking opportunities and an assistance exchange. As a part of the Equal Opportunity Office, the KSB also has the goal to further increase diversity on campus.
Since 2004, Saarland University has been certified as a “family-oriented university”: the “audit” is specifically dedicated to the compatibility of work or studies with family life.
In addition to providing advice on topics such as pregnancy, career re-entry, studying while caring for children, or part-time study, this also includes assistance with the care of relatives.
The campus offers two day-care centers as well as several nursing, baby-changing, relaxation, and parent-and-child rooms. The “audit” also runs an online babysitter exchange, and provides holiday care for children from primary school age.
Equal Opportunity Office
The university’s Equal Opportunity Office is concerned with all questions regarding equality of men and women at Saarland University, and is the umbrella organization for the Coordination Office on Gender Equality in MINT.
Not only is gender equality at the forefront, but also balancing studies and work with family life, as well as assistance regarding disadvantages of an economic or health-related nature.
Advice is offered regarding career planning, work–life balance programs, the gender consulting service, and much more. In addition, it is the central contact and counseling center, in the case of discrimination or harassment. For female students, employees and researchers, there are special services for support and networking.
The fact that the lectures in the computer science master’s degree programs are held in English should not deter anyone. With regard to foreign languages, people are well looked after in Saarbrücken.
Along with multiple smaller course providers, the Language Center offers courses in several languages at various levels. It organizes “Sprachstammtische” (“regulars’ tables” where you can practice a language) and the so-called “Sprachtag” – a program in which two people with different mother tongues can directly benefit from each other. Conversely, the Studienkolleg offers German courses for foreigners.
They can be helpful, in particular, for matters relating to administrative procedures, visa applications, German language courses, housing searches, or exchange and scholarship programs. In addition, excursions and regular meetings are offered, to help make connections quickly.
Study Financing and Accommodations
BAföG/Study Financing/Loans and Credit
- Information from Saarland University
- (keyword Bafoeg)
- Official Bafög pages
- Bafoeg Calculator
- Scholarship Navigator
- Foundation Search
Working during your studies: