Cybersecurity (B.Sc.) at Saarland University - taught in English
Fully taught in English. Starting in Winter term 2021/2022. Apply from April 30, 2021!
New! Fully taught in English. Starting in Winter term 2021/2022 Apply from April 30 - July 30, 2021
Du möchtest lieber auf Deutsch studieren?
Zum deutschsprachigen Bachelorstudiengang Cybersecurity geht's hier!
Young and central field with a bright future
Close collaboration with leading research institutions on site
Unique study program fully taught in English from the very first semester
Opportunitites for Language Courses and Internships complement course
Large variety of IT-Security topics in lectures and seminars to choose
Continue on site after your Bachelor Degree with a Master's Course
in Cybersecurity or Entrepreneurial Cybersecurity or PhD Preparatory phase with
the Graduate School for Computer Science and a PhD Career at CISPA.
Threats to cybersecurity have manifested in our daily life. Faulty computer systems
are used for spying on and sabotaging even the most security-critical infrastructures
(e.g., energy and water supply, health or transportation network), and the abundance
of readily available, large-scale, privacy-sensitive datasets imposes unprecedented risks
to user privacy. Consequently, there is an almost unlimited demand in cybersecurity professionals,
both in the academic market and in industry.
Saarland University therefore teamed up with the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
to offer a unique Cybersecurity B.Sc. program that teaches Cybersecurity essentials from the very
start. CISPA is the #1 research institution for Cybersecurity world-wide, which ensures high scientific
quality and fuels a broad selection of topics which build on CISPA's cutting-edge research. And best of
all: courses in this program are fully taught in English, opening the program to international students.
The Program lasts six semesters finishing with the degree
„Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)”. State-of-the-art
research in Cybersecurity is complemented with elements of a regular Computer
Science program. Students will be able to specialize early by choosing
their elective subjects from a broad range of topics, directly fueled
by state-of-the-art research in Cybersecurity at CISPA. Additionally, students
attend language courses and Computer Science courses taught in cooperation
with other excellent Computer Science institutions on site.
These courses teach:
Basic mathematical knowledge required in the context of a computer science or bioinformatics degree.
Ability to formalise and abstract
Ability to acquire further mathematical knowledge with the help of text books
Students get to know the most important methods of designing algorithms and data structures:
divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming, incremental construction, "greedy algorithms", decimation, forming hierarchies, randomization.
They learn to analyze algorithms and data structures for their time and space requirements with respect to the usual RAM machine model and to
compare them on this basis. Various kinds of analysis are considered (worst case, amortized, expected case).
Students get acquainted with important efficient data structures and algorithms. They should acquire the ability to apply theoretial analyses
and considerations to given methods in order to check their applicability to actually occuring scenarios. Moreover, students should school their
skills in developing or adjusting algorithms and data structures with performance guarantees in mind.
Students shall understand the functionality and the most important properties of modern computer architectures and operating systems.
Furthermore students shall understand the design principles underlying their implementations.
More information can be found here.
The students apply the knowledge they have learned within the Foundations of Cybersecurity 1 & 2 lectures.
In particular, they extend their theoretical knowledge through practical exercises. They learn to solve IT security challenges and
organize themselves within a team. They are hence knowledgable about the core aspects of IT security, privacy, and usability.
At the end of the proseminar, students have gained a basic understanding of current or fundamental aspects of a specific subfield of computer science.
In particular, they have gained basic competence in independent scientific research, classification, summarization, discussion, criticism and presentation of scientific findings.
Compared to the seminar, the focus of the proseminar is on the acquisition of basic scientific working methods.
At the end of the seminar, students have primarily gained a deep understanding of current or fundamental aspects of a specific subfield of computer science.
They have gained further competence in independent scientific research, classifying, summarizing, discussing, criticizing and presenting scientific findings.
Have a look at our example schedules for your Cybersecurity Course providing you with the opportunity to choose your elective courses according to your preferred focus: Cryptography, Software Security, or Human-Centric Security.
Our program aims to build up the next elite cybersecurity experts and is therefore competitve. We select the best among the best, which also creates a great learning atmosphere once you are admitted. Since our program is held in English, proficient knowledge of English (level C1) is required.
Students have to file an application folder via the Online Application
System at Saarland University. Best candidates will then be selected by
our Jury. Please find detailed information on prerequisites at the Bachelor's website of Saarland University:
Curriculum Vitae, High-School diploma, aptitude test, English certificate.
Your application consists of 2 elements:
a high-school diploma that is eligible as a German university entrance qualification, and
he results of an aptitude test (SAT or TestAS) and an English proficiency test (IELTS or TOEFL unless you are a native speaker).
(If you are unable to provide those two results, your can either provide a certificate proving that you have taken part in the (semi-)finals or of an international Computer Science competition (such as IOI ), or come to Saarbruecken in person for an on-site interview.) All applications will be ranked according to your high-school diploma final grade and the grades achieved in the second component (if applicable). Available seats will be filled from top to bottom.
During the admission process, you will be provided with more information on how to prepare your stay as well
as (optionally) on your stipend and apartment. Once arrived, we will guide your through the first few days
during our Welcome Week.
Apply until January 1
Apply from May 1 until July 30
The Cybersecurity Course starts every Winter Term. Students are admitted twice per year: Early Admission (in January) and Regular Admission (July). We are taking applications for Regular Admission from April 30, 2021. Please apply via the Online Application Portal of Saarland University. Our jury will then select the most qualified students to be notified of their acceptance 2-3 weeks after the application deadline, on average.
Excellent CHE-ranked Computer Science courses, no tuition fees, low cost
of living in a smaller city with a vibrant cultural scene. Situated in
the tri-border area between France, Luxemburg, and Germany, we have a long
tradition in international daily life. Have a look at our Center for International
5 more reasons to live and study in Saarbruecken or its surroundings:
The open and down-to-earth nature of the people from Saarland (the Saarländers) has always made it easy for newcomers to settle in quickly. Whether you come from Germany, an EU country or other regions of the world - you are always welcome in Saarland!
Saarland is located in the heart of Europe. In only 1h and 50 minutes, you can reach Paris by train and we have 4 international airports within easy reach. (Saarbrücken, Luxembourg, Frankfurt-Main, and Frankfurt-Hahn)
Saarland is green! It has the highest proportion of public forest with over 70% and the most natural forest in Germany. It can come up with no less than 3,545 kilometres of rivers and creeks. So: go out into nature, recharge your batteries, and simply leave the stress of everyday life behind you. With its varied landscapes and extensive forests, Saarland is the number one address for health-conscious people from everywhere.
We love festivals and one event follows another, no matter if you are looking for street food, French-German theater, rock music or classical music: everyone finds an event matching his or her own taste. The festival year begins in Saarbrücken with the Max Ophüls festival for talented German-language filmmakers, which marks the discovery of young talents from Austria, Germany and Switzerland for 36 years. It is followed in early summer by the PERSPECTIVES festival with theatre, acrobatics, dance and performance and in summer, there are several open-air events.
We are enthusiastic about sports! No surprise, because there could not be a better framework. More than 390,000 people take part in sports in app. 2,200 Saarland clubs. With 40 percent of the population, the state is the absolute leader in a nationwide comparison. Popular sports include hiking, cycling, running, tennis, horseback riding, etc.
There are various funding opportunites for studying in Germany. Additionally, CISPA is
offering part-time employment as a student helper in research, as tutors, or as a team member of our
CISPA Cysec Lab.
Can I actually come to Saarbrücken? Yes, we are looking forward to welcoming international students and
visitors to Saarland University. We are prepared for both high-quality virtual courses as well as providing hygiene
guidelines on site. Read More
If you don't live in Germany yet, you can apply for renting one of the apartments the university has reserved for our international BSc programs.
These apartments are meant for making your arrival easier and can be kept for one year.
During the first year, you need to find a new place (either in a university dormitory or on the private market).
For both, the university provides assistance.
It is also very common to team up with fellow students and rent an apartment together (called WG in German).
Students who are not eligible for German stipend programs (such as BaföG) are eligible to apply for our stipend program that will provide stipends from industry and academic partners.
Stipends will cover your living expenses. We cooperate with a stipend foundation to select who will receive such scholarships.
You will learn whether or not you're eligible for a stipend together with your study program admission confirmation.
More Information: https://www.uni-saarland.de/en/global/welcome-center/accommodation.html
Have a look at Saarland Unversity's Welcome Center helping your with planning your arrival
and initial formalities: https://www.uni-saarland.de/en/global/welcome-center/first-steps.html Upon your arrival in Saarbruecken, you can look forward to your Welcome Week: a href="https://www.uni-saarland.de/en/global/welcome-center/welcome-week.html"
CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security is a German national Big
Science Institution within the Helmholtz Association. Our research encompasses
all aspects of Information Security.
CISPA is fueling the contents of the study programs in Cybersecurity
at Saarland University ensuring that seminars and lectures will contain
state-of-the-art research topics. Cybersecurity is a young and fast-evolving
area. As a Helmholtz Center for Information Security, CISPA is dedicated
to cutting-edge foundational research combined with innovative application-oriented
research in the areas of cybersecurity and privacy. We are committed to
the highest international academic standards and offer a world-class research
environment that grants extensive resources to a wide range of researchers
and that constitutes an attractive destination for the best talents and
scientists from all countries.
No, you do not require any knowledge of German. Our course are fully taught
in English, our staff is used to working with international students and
staff on an every-day basis on campus. We are providing the best conditions
to make your feel welcome at Saarland University. Additionally, we are
providing German courses for beginners and more advanced
students in case you are interested in improving
your every-day language skills.
Apart from a strong focus on Cybersecurity Topics, the Study Program is
also teaching Foundations of Computer Science, Programming I and II, Algorithms,
Theoretical Computer Science, etc providing you with plenty of opportunities
for your future career and sufficient flexibility during your studies.
If you realize that you want to have a different focus, you can still change
to one of the many other Computer Science Programs on site. A large part
of your course work will be recognized.