Cybersecurity Bachelor of Science

Cybersecurity
Bachelor of Science

Solving the challenges of today

and providing security for tomorrow.

Cybersecurity Bachelor of Science

Cybersecurity Bachelor of Science

Solving the challenges of today and providing security for tomorrow.

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Cybersecurity (B.Sc.) at Saarland University
- taught in English


Taught entirely in English. Starting every winter semester. Apply now!

  • Young field of crucial importance with a bright future
  • Close collaboration with leading research institutions in the local area
  • Unique degree course taught entirely in English from the very first semester
  • Opportunities for language courses and internships that complement the academic syllabus
  • Choose your specialization from among a broad variety lectures and seminars on IT Security
  • Stay on at Saarland University after graduating and study for a master's degree in Cybersecurity or Entrepreneurial Cybersecurity or enroll on a PhD preparation program at the Graduate School for Computer Science and embark on an academic career at CISPA.
Why Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity threats have become prevalent in our daily lives. Vulnerabilites in computer systems are exploited to spy on users and sabotage even the most security-critical infrastructure (e.g. energy and water supplies, healthcare systems or transport networks). The abundance of readily available, large-scale, privacy-sensitive datasets poses unprecedented risks to user privacy. Consequently, there is an almost unlimited demand for cybersecurity professionals, both from the academic sector and from industry.

This is why Saarland University has teamed up with the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security to offer a unique B.Sc. course in Cybersecurity that teaches the essentials from the very start. CISPA is the world's no. 1 research institute for Cybersecurity, which attests to its high scientific standards and the broad range of topics investigated in CISPA's cutting-edge research. And best of all: courses in this program are taught entirely in English, making them accessible to international students.

Solving the challenges of today
and providing security for tomorrow.
What our lecturers say
Course details

Cybersecurity:

a field of study with a (secure) future

The course lasts six semesters and you will graduate with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)”. Lectures and seminars fueled by pioneering research in Cybersecurity are complemented by elements of a regular Computer Science course. Students will be able to specialize early on by choosing their elective subjects from a broad range of topics, driven 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 local Computer Science institutions.


Prof. Dr. Christian Rossow: 3 reasons for your Bachelor studies in Cybersecurity

Course details and examples of curriculum
Take a look at some 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.

Example Schedules


Admission Requirements

Our course aims to train the next generation of elite cybersecurity experts and is therefore competitve. We select the best of the best, which also creates a great atmosphere for learning once you start your studies here. Since our course is taught in English, good proficiency in English (level C1) is required.
Students have to submit their application documents via an online application portal. The best candidates will then be selected by our admissions panel. Please find detailed information about requirements on the bachelor's website of Saarland University.


Three Steps to Admission
Application Deadlines
Early
Admission
by January 15
by April 01
by June 15
Regular
Admission
until July 15

The Cybersecurity Course starts every winter semester. Students are admitted four times per year: early admission (apply by January 15, April 01 or June 15) and regular admission (by July 15). Please apply via the online application portal for Cybersecurity and Computer Science. Our admissions panel will then select the best- qualified students. Successful candidates will be notified during the month following the application deadline.


Saarland University

Prepare your stay at Saarland University
In Strategic Collaboration with CISPA

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.
Research at CISPA feeds into the curriculum of the degree programs in Cybersecurity at Saarland University, ensuring that seminars and lectures will cover the very latest research topics. Cybersecurity is a young and fast-developing field. As a Helmholtz Center for Information Security, CISPA is dedicated to cutting-edge foundational research combined with innovative application-oriented research in the fields of Cybersecurity and Privacy. We are committed to the highest international academic standards. Our world-class research environment offers extensive resources to a wide range of researchers, thus providing an attractive destination for talented academics and top scientists from around the globe.

Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do if I don't receive the necessary test scores / certificates from my institution before the deadline?
If you do not have your university entrance qualification yet, you can apply with your most recent certificates (e.g. transcripts). All other documents, i.e. aptitude or English tests need to final when applying.

What can I do if I don't receive the necessary test scores / certificates from my institution before the regular final application deadline on 15 July?
All documents have to have to be uploaded prior to this deadline. If your documents arrive after this deadline, we are encouraging you to apply for the next winter semester.

Do I need specific grades or scores in the test results / university entrance qualification?
There is no specific cut-off point for test results, as they also vary per application year. Furthermore, the number of admitted students is capped, whereas we cannot foresee the number of applications. We rank candidates according to their test results and thereby give preference to better test results.

Do we accept other qualifications than the ones listed?
Required qualifications are limited to the ones listed on our website.

Can I change my application from Bachelor Computer Science to Cyber Security (or the other way around)?
Yes. You can also apply for both.

Do Abitur or A-Level results suffice for the aptitude test?
No, this is not sufficient.

Can an admission to a different university / completion of a bachelors degree replace the german university entrance qualification?
It depends. Please refer to the ANABIN database for that. Note that we can only check this after you applied and not before. Please also do not inquire about this because we can only assess the documents after you applied.

Can I use another application mode instead of the online form?
No, application via our online form is mandatory. We cannot accept applications via e-mail or any hard-copy applications.

Is the International Advanced Level equivalent to German university entrance qualification?
No, it is not. However, some high-school diplomas of other countries are considered to be equivalent to a German university entrance qualification. See question "How can I check if I have a German University Entrance Qualification"

Is there a NC?
There is no NC (numerus clausus) however, since the programs have a limited number of seats, admittance is based on a ranking of the applicants

Is it possible to use practical experience to meet the eligibility criteria?
No, this is not possible.

Do I need to attend preparatory school?
There is no need to attend a preparatory school or similar. If you are admitted, you can directly start your studies.

Is there any practical experience (jobs, industrial projects or internships) available during this program?
The students can use a work placement or internship in industry (maximum of 6 credits) for the ungraded section of mandatory elective courses.

Is it possible to see the ranking when rejected?
No. The ranking data is internal information.

Is it possible to reapply?
Yes

What is the latest day I can arrive in Germany without missing anything?
We recommend students to be in Saarbrücken about one week before the lectures start. You should join the welcome events and you need a few days for formal steps at university, town hall, etc.

Do I need to prepare for the interviews in any way?
If you want to prepare for the interview, the best you can do is to recap your mathematical skills at high school level. We can however not go into details which particular topics will be subject to discussion in the interviews.

If I register for an interview, do I still have to provide SAT / IELTS (or similar) scores?
No, that is not necessary.

Is there any way to apply after the deadline has passed?
Unfortunately, no. German law enforces that all required documents (such as a high school diploma) have to be submitted by the application deadline; intermediate certificates and/or grades cannot be accepted.

What is the advantage of applying for early admission?
You may be notified earlier. Note that it does not increase your chances of being accepted.

Do I need to speak German?
No, you don't require any previous knowledge of German. Our courses are taught entirely in English. At Saarland University and CISPA we are used to working with with international students and staff on a daily basis. We are providing the best conditions to make you feel welcome at Saarland University. Additionally, we offer German courses for beginners and intermediate students if you are interested in improving your every-day language skills.

Do I need to know how to program?
No, you don't need to have programming skills. We'll teach you all you need to know during your course!

How important is mathematics?
There are two lectures in maths (MFI 1 & 2). However, mathematical reasoning will be required in many other lectures and seminars.

What is the difference between B.Sc. Cybersecurity (German) and B.Sc. Cybersecurity (English)?
The German program has a minor subject that is taught in German only.

Is it possible to change my study course to other international degree program?
Since there is only a limited number of seats available, it is possible to switch from one study course to the other only at the beginning of a new semester and only after you have submitted a new application. Therefore, you should in any case consider carefully from the beginning which course is the right one for you. So, for example, if you start with Computer Science and realize that you want to switch to Cybersecurity by either applying to the next higher semester by the deadline for the following semester, or by reapplying during your current semester for the first semester in the upcoming winter semester. If you change to the next higher semester, a large part of your credits (e.g. all the above-mentioned courses) can be transferred to the other study program. So in case of properly completed achievements, you will receive a credit certificate from the examination office, which you must present in the course of your application for admission to the higher semester. However, whether an application and thus switching programs will be successful, ultimately depends on the number of available seats and the respective applicant situation. This also applies to a renewed application to the first semester of the respective other degree program.

Is a transfer of credits possible?
In principle, this is possible, but requires a detailed evaluation in each individual case. As soon as you are enrolled, you can apply for a transfer and we will check your documents individually.

Do you offer any dual studies (“Duales Studium”) for English Bachelor courses?
Unfortunately, no.

When does the semester start and end at Saarland University?
see Semester Dates

Will the lectures be online or in person?
Lectures are usually given on site and in presence, if the pandemic allows for it.

Will there be any info session (possibly online) for the accepted or enrolled students before the semester starts?
In October, the primary introductory event for International CS Bachelor and International Cysec Bachelor students will take place live on YouTube. The CS Students' Council, Professor Sebastian Hack, and Professor Christian Rossow will tell you everything you need to know about your new university, its structure, the support institutions and amenities, how to get around in Saarbrücken, and –if you just arrived from abroad– some quick-start tips for Germany. You can find the stream link and timetables on this website. The International Office is holding a Welcome Week for international students. We strongly recommend you to participate in the Welcome Week in early October. There you will be able to receive a lot of helpful information regarding your stay in Germany.

How many students are part of the English program each year?
We have 15 seats/year in each program

Is it possible for this Computer Science (English) student to participate in the Honors Program?
Every BSc student can apply for the honors program. Note however that it is very competitive and only the best 5% of students get in.

Are there any German language preparatory courses offered?
A German language course program is integral part of our international BSc study programs

Are there any places (WhatsApp/Facebook groups, Discord, etc.) where I can talk to other applicants or students?
see Discord

Are there any kind of part time jobs available for students?
see Job Opportunities

Is there more detailed information about accommodation?
All rooms are rooms in shared apartments, which means you will have your own private bedroom and share the kitchen and bathroom with other students. Usually 3 or 4 students will share one apartment. The rooms are located in a good distance to the university and you can reach the university campus by bus. The rooms are fully furnished and vary in size, but range between 14m² and 23m². The rental prices range between 300€ and 400€ per month, including utilities. Rental costs are not included in the program and have to be paid by the students themselves. In addition, a refundable security deposit of around 500€ will have to be paid. Details on the specific room that can be offered to you will be made available to you after acceptance.

How can I find housing in Saarbrücken and what will it cost me?
Students in Saarbrücken should calculate to have about 800 EUR living expenses per month, though this figure will vary individually. This figure includes fixed costs such as the obligatory health insurance and the rent for an apartment. The health insurance is 115 EUR per month and covers all necessary procedures. The rent adds up to about 300-400 EUR per month, which is significantly less than in Munich, Aachen, Berlin or Karlsruhe. If you aren’t already living in Germany, you can apply to rent one of the apartments reserved by the university for its international BSc. programs. These apartments are intended to make it easier for you to settle in and can be rented for one year. By the end of the first year, you’ll need to find new accommodation (either in a university hall of residence or on the private housing market). The university provides assistance with both. It is also very common to share an apartment with fellow students (called Wohngemeinschaft in German, or WG for short). More information.

What fees do I have to expect when studying at Saarland university?
The academic study programs offered at Saarland University are state-funded. Therefore no tuition fees are charged for all Bachelor’s and consecutive Master’s programs. Instead, students pay an administrative fee, which includes a pass for public transportation and further benefits (no housing!)

Are there any financial aid / scholarship programs?
see Financing your studies

What are the tuition fees for a non EU nationality?
There is no tuition fee at Saarland University only an Semester fee

What role does uni-assist play regarding the application (https://www.uni-saarland.de/en/studies/international/applying/apply.html)?
uni-assist is a service to check a priori if your high-school diploma qualifies as a German University Entrance Qualification. We can do such a check only *after* you applied.

Do I need a VPD from uni-assist to apply?
It is not required.

Do I need documents from or an application via uni-assist (Vorprüfungsdokumention) for the study program?
uni-assist documents are not necessary. However, appropriate uni-assist documents are one way of proving your German university entrance qualification (HZB). So, if in doubt, submit them if you have them.

What is VSi MINT and where can I find more information about it?
VSi MINT is a study program taught in German. It is targeted to international students whose high-school diploma does not qualify as a German University Entrance Qualification and who wish to gain access to Saarland University's Bachelor Plus MINT study program.

As a student in the UdS Vsi MINT program, can I transfer to the BSc Computer Science (English) or Cybersecurity (English)?
We apply the same admission criteria to all students. By graduating from VSi MINT, you acquire a German university entrance qualification. However, the international BSc programs for Computer Science and Cybersecurity require additional qualifications that you have to provide. Please check the relevant section on admission requirements.

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