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Information on studying during the Covid-19 pandemic

Status: 08.05.2020

Welcome at the Saarland Informatics Campus

On May 4th, the summer semester 2020 will start at Saarland University, and for the first time in university history, it will be held completely digitally. Due to the extraordinary situation, there are numerous questions about how studies and teaching will be organized in the coming months. In the following overview we have summarized the most important information for you.

List of courses which were not introduced during the welcome-event but are still being offered:

This is a listing of the courses which were not presented in the YouTube stream. A complete list of all courses offered in the summer semester can be found here. Please check independently in your study regulations if and where you can contribute a course. 

  • Interaktive Systeme
  • Softwarepraktikum
  • Grundlagen der Cybersicherheit II
  • You can do IT. Entrepreneurship in IT and Maths
  • Hands-On Networking
  • Softwareprojekt: Neural Networks
  • Funktionale Programmierung
  • Maschinelles Lernen
  • Software Engineering 2.0: AI for SE
  • Das Buch der Beweise
  • Seminal papers in cryptography
  • Trustworthy Machine Learning
  • Cyber-Physical System Security
  • Influential Papers in Web Security
  • Automated Testing and Debugging
  • Machine Learning and Formal Methods
  • Advanced Fuzzing Techniques
  • Hot Topics in Image Analysis
  • Machine Learning for Harvesting Health and Live Science Knowledge
  • Hybrid Learning and Reasoning
  • Advanced Topics in Cloud and Datacenter Systems
  • Interdisziplinäres Seminar: „How to build a social computer?“
  • Artificial intelligence in relation to considerations from the perspective of history of science, philosophy (of nature) and ethics
  • Refinement in program verification, compiler construction and cryptography
  • Digitalisierung und Datenschutz
  • Legal Tech und eJustice
  • Brain-Computer Interaction
  • Data-driven Approaches on Understanding Disinformation
  • Selected Topics in Mobile Security
  • Reading Group Algorithms
  • Neural-Symbolic Computing
  • Multimodal Dialogue Systems
  • Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing (block seminar)
  • Data Networks
  • Continuous Optimization
  • Gamification & Game Studies
  • Privacy Enhancing Technologies – WP I für Cybersicherheit
  • Secure Web Development (block course) – WP I für Cybersicherheit
  • Text-to-Speech Synthesis
  • Inferences in Artificial Intelligence and Computational Linguistics
  • Introduction into Data Science

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Deadlines and important dates

  • Lectures for the summer semester begin on May 4th 2020 and end on July 17th 2020.
  • The registration deadline for the following Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes for the summer semester 2020 has been postponed to 08.05.2020:
    • Computer Science
    • Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
    • Embedded Systems
    • Visual computing
    • Media Informatics
    • Bioinformatics
    • Cyber Security/Entrepreneurial Cybersecurity
    • Mathematics and computer science
    • Mathematics
  • The lecture period of the winter semester 2020/21 begins on November 1st, 2020. As of now, we don’t know if this will affect the enrolment date or the beginning of later terms. We will keep you informed.
  • We are aware of the problems that the current situation is generating for incoming international students. We are working on a solution for freshmen enrolment. In case of questions, please directly contact the Studierendensekretariat or Welcome Center. For all admitted students of the master’s programmes Computer Science, Visual Computing, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Embedded Systems, we highly recommend to postpone the start of your studies to the winter term 2020/21.

Regulations regarding teaching and studying

  • No personal attendance is required until the examination phase.
  • All SIC courses are offered online throughout the semester. The number of courses offered has not been reduced.
  • Teaching approaches (live streaming, recordings, …) and teaching platforms (Zoom, MS-Teams, …) may vary between courses. Information can be found on the website of the respective course.
  • All courses including links to the respective websites are available in LSF.
  • Further information on seminars and available seminar places can also be found here.
  • The Admissions office / Welcome Center is working as fast as possible to solve the credentials issues. In the meantime, if you have not yet received credentials (UdS account, university email address, matriculation ID) needed to register for a course, please contact the people running the course directly (i.e., the contact person or the lecturer) to arrange a solution. LSF does not require a login and you can find the necessary contact information there. 
  • From May 4th, the libraries are opened again with restricted opening hours.. For further information please refer to the websites of the Campus Library of Mathematics and Computer Science and the University Library.
  • Books accompanying the lectures will be made available as ebooks.
  • Students from the “Grand Est” region who need to visit the university campus to go to the library or for other urgent reasons can obtain a certificate for crossing the border from the International Office Welcome Center. You can find more information here.
  • There will be no German courses at the IMPRS this summer semester.
  • The Saarland University semester travel ticket for winter semester 2019/2020 will remain valid until 31 May 2020. On the campus in Saarbrücken, a UdS Card with the printed logo of the local public transport service operator ‘SaarVV’ can until further notice only be (re-)validated at the validation terminal located in the Welcome Center between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Most university buildings and shops on campus will be open again from May 4th. You can find more information about opening hours here. All work spaces for students have to remain closed.
  • The outdoor facilities for university sports in Saarbrücken and Homburg as well as the Uni-Fit gym can be used again since July 2nd. You can find all information about university sports here.

For regular updates please also check the pages of Saarland University and the websites of the courses you are attending.

Information regarding exams

  • All exam-related questions should from now on preferably be asked via email (or if necessary by phone). The mail address is usually [surname] The contact person will then coordinate the further steps with you.
  • The examination period for the coming summer term at SIC  will be is divided into four phases:
    • July 20th – Aug. 7th: End-of-term exams for the summer term
    • Sep. 21st – Oct. 9th: Re-exams for the summer term (excluding basic courses)
    • Oct. 12th – Oct. 16th: Re-exams of basic courses from the summer term (to avoid conflicts with the Softwarepraktikum)
    • Oct. 19th – Oct. 30th: Re-exams for the winter term 2019/2020
    • → In urgent cases, exceptions can be made. Please clarify details with the respective examiner.
  • Written exams on campus are possible
    • Sufficient space will be provided and hygiene measures will be adopted
    • Social Distancing rules apply (keep at least 2m distance)
    • Participants are requested to wear face masks
    • Rooms where tests take place must be entered and left individually
  • An alternative solution for international students who are unable to attend written examinations on campus is being worked on. Please contact the respective examiner for details.
  • Online Oral Exams are also possible.
  • Theses and final papers can be submitted by email.
    • Students can informally apply for an extension of the deadline at the Examination Office, giving a short explanation of the reason. The board of examiners or the chairperson will continue to make the decision. In view of the very difficult situation, a fair decision can be assumed.
    • The processing times of ongoing theses (such as term papers, Bachelor’s thesis, Master’s thesis, state examination thesis) will be adjusted. I.e., your deadline for submission of your thesis will be postponed according to the closing period.

For regular updates please check the pages of the examination office.

If you have any questions, please always check the information and related websites listed above first to avoid overwhelming our study coordinators! If you do not find answers to your questions there, please contact the study coordinators by e-mail.

The Department of Computer Science at Saarland University wishes everyone that they stay in good health during the Corona-Situation and that we will soon see each other again as usual at the university.

Dr. Tanja Breinig
Study Coordination
+49 (0)681 302-58092
Saarland Informatics Campus E1 3, R.209
66123 Saarbrücken
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