Why study Computer Science at Saarland University?
Saarbrücken is an international center of research in computer science, attracting the best researchers in Germany, Europe, and the world. By studying at Saarland University, you benefit from an enormous range of courses and the outstanding quality of our researchers and teachers – people who do their very best to pass on their excitement about their particular interests. Here are ten reasons on why to study in Saarbrücken:
1. 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!
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. The Graduate School
Saarbrücken also has recognized elite standing for its academic and research training, leading to federal and state government funding of the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science. This graduate school offers an integrated PhD program starting right after your BSc. Monthly scholarships of 800 € are available in the preparatory phase of your graduate studies, and is followed up by funding amounting to about 1400 €/month in the dissertation phase, so that you can concentrate entirely on your studies and research work.
6. The Max Planck Institutes
The Max Planck Institute for Computer Science and the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems are among the best addresses world-wide 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 intensely with the university both in research and teaching.
7. 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.
8. More than meets the eye
Computer science alone is too specialized for you? We also offer programs in Bioinformatics and Computer and Communication Technology, 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 Masters in Visual Computing program is also in place.
9. Awards, Awards, Awards!
In Saarbrücken, research in computer science is fun – and reaps the highest awards. Our researchers have received highest national and international awards, frequently starting with a best paper award as a student. Here's our current list of awards.
Believe it or not, there is a 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.