Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Study International Computer Science

The International Computer Science degree is ideal for those students who want to develop their interest in software and technology within a global context. As well as developing IT skills and knowledge demanded across the world, you’ll be taught in English and also spend your fifth semester doing an industrial placement. After graduating you will be both qualified and experienced enough to make a smooth transition to one of the many professional computer science opportunities within the global IT market.

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What is International Computer Science?

With the BSc International Computer Science degree programme, you will receive a sound education covering the fundamental elements of application-oriented computer science and relevant mathematical aspects too, all within a global setting.

During your studies in English, you will study, among other things:

  • problem solving in various programming languages
  • the comprehensive basics of computer science (networks, operating systems, computer architectures and databases)
  • German (German-speaking students will study a modern language instead)
  • Global software engineering
  • the mindset of computer science by learning and developing algorithms
  • numerical mathematics and statistics
  • software for the global market
  • opportunities and challenges of distributed systems in general and in the cloud in particular
  • how to design and build a user-friendly system
  • how to protect systems from cyber-attacks

Strengths of the degree programme

  • On an equal footing: Your learning will take on an added depth whilst working on research projects and engaging in debate directly alongside our experienced academics. This exciting opportunity to work as equals is boosted through our combination of small project groups and above average number of professors.
  • Working within industry: Are you looking for a practice-oriented course where you start establishing contacts before you graduate? Our professors are well-connected to many sectors globally and know what companies are looking for in their employees. During your semester in industry (in Germany or another country) students will develop skills, cultural awareness, gain practical experience and make new contacts whilst in the process.
  • Learning in the lab: In 21 laboratories and seven CIP pools with the latest software and hardware, students can apply their theoretical knowledge to projects, internships and their final thesis. Our well-equipped laboratories and facilities have everything you need. 
  • Even higher ambitions? Stick with us...: For those students interested in persuing an academic career, then stick with us! If you already have a master's degree, then it is possible to complete your doctorate at the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics.

Career opportunities

Top career prospects

Do you want to jump straight into professional life, do a master's degree first or even aim for a doctorate?

You can find information regarding all of your possibilities listed below:

  • Career opportunities with a Bachelor's degree in International Computer Science cross global barriers and are plentiful. Graduates are qualified to work in almost all industries including: 

    • IT
    • automotive 
    • agricultural
    • mechanical engineering
    • banks and insurance
    • media and finally
    • pharmaceutical

    The possible fields of activity span a similarly large area. For example, you can work as a: 

    • software architect
    • software developer
    • tester
    • system administrator
    • requirements engineer
    • project manager 
    • or IT consultant

    … to name just a few.


  • Continue your studies at the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics with a Computer Science MSc 

    The Master's in Computer Science (MIN) offers 5 specialisations: 

    • Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (to be introduced no later than summer semester 2024). 
    • Medical Information Technology
    • Software Engineering
    • Technical Computer Science
    • Business Information Technology

    You can choose to further expand your knowledge in the specialisation chosen in your bachelor's degree or broaden your skills by choosing an alternative specialisation. 

    The master's degree allows students in each specialisation, with a particular interest in research, to choose the research study option. If you choose this, you will complete two research papers, details are regulated by §4 SPO MIN from 22.11.2021, which can be found in the download area.


  • Outstanding master's graduates who wish to pursue an academic career have the opportunity to complete a doctorate, supervised by professors from the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics, either cooperatively or as part of a group.

    Further information on the topic of doctoral studies can be found on the OTH Regensburg website.


Structure and modules

How is the degree programme structured?

The Bachelor's degree in International Computer Science is designed as a full-time course lasting seven semesters. It consists of six theoretical semesters and one industrial placement semester. There is also a dual-study option in cooperation with a company.

  • The link to the curriculum can be found here.


  • The Module Handbook describes all modules (subjects) in detail, including the following information:

    • Content
    • Study objectives: divided into subject-specific skills and personal skills
    • Form of teaching
    • Semester the module is assigned to
    • Teaching hours in hours per week (SWS)
    • Teaching language

  • In the first two semesters the foundations are laid in mathematics and programming. 

    Additionally, modules which address the broad spectrum of applications in computer science are taught, these include Computer systems, Networking and finally Automata, formal Language and Computation.

    As an international computer science degree, German is taught from semester one. This will allow you to spend your industrial placement with a confident grasp of the German language. 

    German-speaking students will study a modern language instead.


  • The third and fourth semesters focus on practice-oriented knowledge, which can then be implemented during your industrial placement. The third semester modules are: 

    • Databases
    • Global Software Engineering
    • Operating systems
    • Statistics

    Specialist areas of the computer science curriculum during the fourth semester are:

    • Web Technology Project
    • Software for the Global Market (UI, International and local)
    • Algorithms and Data Structures
    • Computer Architecture 

    Additionally, either German or another modern language will be taught up throughout the two semesters taking you up to a proficient B1 level.

    Practical semester in the 5th semester

    The industrial placement comprises 18 weeks of practical work in a company. It offers students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in a well-known company or an exciting start-up in Germany or abroad. During the internship semester, you will gain your first professional experience and make valuable contacts for your future career. 

    You can find the link to the module handbook in the download area.


  • In the final stage of your studies there are four core modules; Scientific Seminar, Distributed Systems, Green IS and Information Security.
    In addition, you have the possibility to specialise according to your interests by choosing two further subject-related elective modules, options include:
      

    • Computer Graphics
    • Human Computer Interaction
    • Data Warehouse
    • High Performance Computing    
    • IoT Security

    Bachelor dissertation

    When writing your dissertation, the knowledge and skills acquired during the course are applied independently to a complex task. You will develop a written paper and prepare a presentation. Bachelor's thesis can be assigned as internal scientific papers or can be written in cooperation with companies.

    You can find the link to the module handbook in the download area.


Studies and organisational matters

So that everything runs smoothly

Answers to further questions about studying Computer Science can be found here. 

  • The Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics has its own modern faculty building on the main campus of the OTH Regensburg with:

    • modern, well-equipped lecture halls
    • 21 teaching and project laboratories
    • seven computer rooms
    • spacious communication zones and learning islands

    Our address:
    Galgenbergstraße 32
    K-Building
    93053 Regensburg

    The building plan can be found here.


  • Top marks in the CHE ranking - study at one of the leading computer science departments in the German-speaking world.

    Since 2014, the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics has regularly achieved top positions in the CHE ranking for all computer science courses and is one of the leading computer science departments nationwide in all assessment categories.

    Assessment categories

    • General study conditions
    • Support at the start of the degree
    • Contact with professional practice
    • Support from lecturers
    • Support for study abroad

  • Whether to study, complete an internship or write your thesis - why not spend a semester abroad! The programme offers many opportunities to spend time in another country, especially from the 5th semester onwards. We have a large network of partner universities around the world - double degrees are also possible!

    Comprehensive information on the topic of studying abroad can be found on the webpages of the OTH Regensburg's International Office, including:

    • A list of the OTH Regensburg's partner universities
    • Field reports on studying abroad

    Our colleagues at the International Office will be happy to answer any further questions. For degree-specific questions, please contact the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics' International Officer, Prof. Dr. Markus Westner.


  • The Study and Examination Regulations (SPO), curriculum and Exam Handbook are documents that contain the regulations governing studying and examinations. You can find them in the download area. 


Faculty strengths

  • The Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics is a science and technology faculty which was founded 50 years ago. It strives to provide its students with an equal measure of both a solid grounding in fundamental principles and also the latest developments in science, business and society.

    With about 1,900 students, the faculty is the largest computer science department at a University of Applied Sciences in Bavaria. Our computer science and mathematics graduates have an excellent reputation and are highly sought-after employees. Since 2014, all our computer science degree programmes have regularly achieved top placements in the CHE ranking and we are one of the leading computer science departments nationwide.


  • Computer science
    Bachelor's degree programmes 

    • Computer Science BSc
    • International Computer Science BSc
    • Medical Information Technology BSc
    • Technical Computer Science BSc
    • Business Information Technology BSc
    • Artificial Intelligence and Data Science BSc

    Computer Science
    Master's programmes

    • Computer Science MSc specialising in: Medical Information Technology, Software Engineering, Technical Computer Science, Business Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (in planning)
    • Information Technology MSc, part-time, work-based study.

    Mathematics programmes

    • Mathematics BSc specialising in: Technology and IT, Insurance and Financial Mathematics
    • Mathematics MSc

  • The current far-reaching developments in computer science and the push for digitalisation throughout business and society have led to a large number of collaborations between the faculty and the regional business community. 

    Current ideas from professional practice are assessed for their sustainability and, if they are considered to be appropriate and forward-thinking, then they are incorporated into existing programmes or can even inspire new courses; one example being the Artificial Intelligence and Data Science degree.

    This networking win-win situation means that our students are highly sought-after interns, who profit from working closely with either local or international companies. Consequently, a large number of external based bachelor's and master's theses are written in cooperation with businesses on current practice-relevant topics.


  • All our professors are experts in future-orientated specialisations, in addition to the traditional fundamentals of computer science and mathematics. Consequently, they teach and conduct research in our 21 specialised modern laboratories and participate in cross-faculty research clusters, as well as in the research-orientated cross-university "Regensburg Centers". As a student, you have the opportunity to work on future-orientated research topics through project work and your final thesis. In the Master's in Computer Science, students interested in research can choose the "research study option". Suitably qualified candidates may also complete a doctorate. Our professors supervise doctoral students in all areas.


  • Digitalisation is becoming increasingly important for both studying and teaching. The faculty is working to integrate virtual and hybrid teaching concepts into our programme and building on positive experiences from during the Corona pandemic. However, we also pursue other innovative teaching concepts to help students acquire new skills. For example, the OTH Regensburg Award for Innovation and Quality in Teaching has been awarded twice (2020 and 2022) to lecturers in the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics.


Application info

Please check the specific admission requirements for this programme.

1. As your first step, please register at hochschulstart.de .

Our checklist summarizes all the important information for you.

2. After registering at “Hochschulstart”, please apply in the OTH Regensburg application portal.

3. The application process is entirely online. Complete the online application and upload all required application documents. This includes as a minimum your university entrance qualification. If further documents are necessary, they will be requested in the application portal.

4. Make sure you regularly check your status in both application portals. In the OTH Regensburg application portal, you can also see whether any documents are still missing. You can upload missing documents before the deadline for late submission of certificates. If you upload the required documents, your status will change.

5. You will automatically receive email notifications via the OTH Regensburg application portal as well as via “Hochschulstart” when your application status changes.

6. If all application documents have been received within the application deadline and are valid, you will then be included in the allocation procedure for a place of study. Please note that the application deadline is a cut-off deadline. This means that you will not be able to submit an application after the deadline and thus will not be considered in the current application process.

7. After your application has been processed, you will receive an e-mail with further information from the Admissions and Organisation Department of the OTH Regensburg as confirmation of receipt.

8. So what comes next? You can find all the information you need in the section under Admissions and Enrolment. 

Start your application now:

1. Step. Hochschulstart 2. Step: application portal

For winter semesters:

Application period for first semesters: 1 May - 15 July. Deadline for late submission of certificates: 27 July.

Application period for higher semesters: 1 May - 15 June (no late submissions)

For summer semesters:

(no start of studies, therefore an application is only possible for a higher semester. This requires creditable achievements from a relevant programme of study).

Application period for higher semesters: 15 November - 15 January (no late submissions)

1. Please register in the OTH Regensburg application portal.

2. The application process is entirely online. Please complete the online application and upload all required application documents. Important components of the application are your university entrance qualification, your current transcript of grades from your previous studies and the application for credit transfer. If further documents are required, they will be requested in the application portal.

3. Make sure you regularly check your status in the application portal. Here you can also see whether any documents are still missing. These documents must be submitted by the end of the deadline. Please note that it only makes sense to apply for a higher semester if you have already obtained credits in the same or a closely related degree programme. If this is not the case or if you are in doubt about receiving credit, please apply (additionally) for a first semester.

4. After your application has been processed, you will receive an e-mail with further information from the Admissions and Organisation Department of the OTH Regensburg as confirmation of receipt.

 

5. If all application documents have been received within the application deadline and are valid, you will receive an e-mail with further information after the examination committee has checked the documents. Please note that it is no longer possible to apply after the application deadline. 

6. The examination committee decides on the crediting of academic achievements and whether a placement in a higher semester is possible. This placement is based on the creditable achievements and not on the semesters completed. Please note that there may also be admission restrictions in the admission procedure for higher semesters. 

7. So what comes next? You can find all the information you need in the section under "Admissions and enrolment".

 

For their application at the OTH Regensburg, international applicants need

  • a university entrance qualification
  • an adequate knowledge of German

UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE QUALIFICATION

For an application for a Bachelor’s degree programme at the OTH Regensburg (university of applied sciences) international certificates, transcripts of your educational records and diplomas must first be recognized by uni-assist. Please request a so-called “preliminary review documentation” (in German abbr. VPD). (Exceptions are applications from the PR China and Vietnam. The recognition lies in the responsibility of the particular Academic Evaluation Center. However, if the APS certificate does not show a grade, a VPD is also required. Applicants from India need in addition to the VPD from uni-assist a certificate of the Academic Evaluation Center of India.)

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must provide proof of English language skills at level B1. Knowledge of English at level B2 is preferred. Please upload one of the following language certificates in the online portal:

  • IELTS with an overall score of at least 5.0 points with a minimum grade of 4.0 in all sections ("IELTS General Training" is not recognized)
  • TOEFL with at least 460 points in the "Paper-based Test" (TOEFL PBT) or 50 points in the "Internet-based Test" (TOEFL iBT)
  • Cambridge English qualification with level B1 or higher
  • TELC, level B1
  • Statement that English is your native language

GERMAN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

If you choose German, you do not need to submit a German language certificate. However, if you already have German language skills, you can submit a certificate for course placement.

If you choose Spanish, you need German language skills at level B1. You have to upload the German certificate in the application portal of the OTH Regensburg. These certificates are recognized:

  • DSH 1 or TestDaF (TDN 3 in all sections of the exam)
  • Goethe, B1
  • telc, B1
  • DSD Zeugnis (level I with B1 in all sections of the exam)

Please read all texts and linked documents directly under Application Info!

 

You can find more information for prospective international students on the web pages of the International Office.

For prospective students with a master craftsman's certificate

With a master craftsman's certificate or an equivalent equivalent qualification, you can apply without restriction and have no subject restrictions, as you have a general university entrance qualification. In the application portal, you will be asked for your higher education entrance qualification. Please enter "Beruflich Qualifizierte Meister" (vocationally qualified master craftsman).

When applying, in addition to your complete certificate including grade point average, you must also submit documentary proof of an interview with the departmental advisor for course guidance. Please make an appointment as early as possible. The name and contact details can be found in the "contact" section of each degree programme. Your course guidance advisor will also provide you with documentary proof that the interview took place. Documentary records of academic counselling from other universities in Bavaria are recognised for the same or similar degree programmes and must also be uploaded in the application portal. Other documents specific to your chosen study programme can be found in the application portal.

In admission-restricted (NC) degree programmes, you automatically take part in the regional selection procedure according to Art. 45 Bavarian Higher Education Act (BayHSchG) and within the 4% quota for professionally qualified persons.

Attending a preparatory course (including mathematics) is particularly useful for taking up a technical or engineering degree programme. The OTH Regensburg offers suitable preparatory courses for those with vocational qualifications.

If you would like to study part-time - i.e. parallel to your job - rather than full-time, we recommend that you visit the pages of the Centre for Continuing Education and Knowledge Management (ZWW).

For prospective students with a vocational qualification certificate

If you have completed vocational training, it is possible to apply for a place at university with a specific subject in mind. Your vocational training and the degree programme you wish to pursue must have a subject-related connection. In the application portal, you will be asked for your higher education entrance qualification. Please enter "Beruflich Qualifizierte Gesellen" (vocationally qualified journeymen).

Please upload the following documents with your application:

1. Certificate of completion of vocational training including grade point average

2. Certificate of completion from a vocational school

3. Proof of subsequent full-time employment of at least three years relevant to the vocational training.

4. Other documents specific to your chosen study programme can be found in the application portal.

5. Documentary record of an interview with the departmental advisor for course guidance. Please make an appointment as early as possible. The name and contact details can be found in the "contact" section of each degree programme. Your course guidance advisor will also provide you with confirmation that the interview took place. Documentary records of academic counselling from other universities in Bavaria are recognised for the same or similar degree programmes and must also be uploaded in the application portal.

For full admission, applicants are still required to complete a two-semester probationary period, i.e. admission is tentative and subject to certain conditions. 

In admission-restricted (NC) degree programmes, you automatically take part in the regional selection procedure according to Art. 45 Bavarian Higher Education Act (BayHSchG) and within the 4% quota for professionally qualified persons.

Attending a preparatory course (including mathematics) is particularly useful for taking up a technical or engineering degree programme. The OTH Regensburg offers suitable preparatory courses for those with vocational qualifications.

If you would like to study part-time - i.e. parallel to your job - rather than full-time, we recommend that you visit the pages of the Centre for Continuing Education and Knowledge Management (ZWW).

Applications for hardship, compensation for disadvantages and persons of public interest

In admission-restricted degree programmes, it is possible to submit special applications (see info sheet).

  1. Hardship cases

If a hardship case exists, admission may be granted outside the allocation procedure within a certain quota. Strict standards are to be applied when interpreting a case of hardship. The guidelines of the central allocation procedure are also applied to the local allocation procedure. In order to apply, there must be serious health, social or family reasons which make non-admission appear unreasonable. You must provide evidence of these reasons. In the case of illness, a specialist medical assessment is necessary.
If you have a disability or a chronic illness, you can find more informationhere.

  2. Compensation for disadvantages - raising your grade point average

If you were prevented from achieving your actual performance when acquiring your higher education entrance qualification for social, family or illness-related reasons, you can apply for an improvement of your grade point average.

 You must submit the following documents to prove that your performance was impaired:

  • annual report card
  • school report (evaluation of your school performance before and after the occurrence of the adverse circumstances)

There must be a proven connection between the grade point average achieved and the performance impairment.

 

3. Individuals to be supported in the public interest

For top athletes and participants in a federal competition with distinction, a so-called "opportunity quota" of 2% is formed, which is applied in addition to the regular main quota. 

The prerequisite is that you belonged to an A, B or C squad of the federal sports associations for an uninterrupted period of at least one year during the last three years before acquiring your higher education entrance qualification or that you participated in a federal competition with distinction. The following supporting documents can be submitted for this purpose:

  • certificate of the German national sports association
  • certificate of the German national competition initiator
  • justification of the necessity of the training on site
  • identification of the school or youth competition and the sponsorship of the Federal or State Ministry

 

If you will have already completed a degree programme in Germany by the end of the application period, an application for a degree programme with restricted admission is only possible when applying for a second degree. This means that you will take part in the local selection procedure within the 2% quota. 

To apply, you need to upload the following supporting documents:

1. final certificate of your first degree

2. letter of justification for requesting a second course of study. These can only be compelling professional reasons, academic reasons, special professional reasons or other professional reasons. 

3. university entrance qualification 

4. other documents specific to the course of study, which can be found in the application portal

Selection is based on a benchmark number formed by your final grade from your undergraduate degree and the reasons for your desired second degree:

  • Final grade excellent and very good 4 points
  • Final grade good and fully satisfactory 3 points
  • Final grade satisfactory 2 points
  • Final grade sufficient 1 point
  • Final grade not verified 1 point.
  • Compelling professional reasons 9 points
  • Scientific or academic reasons 7 to 11 points
  • Special professional reasons 7 points
  • Other professional reasons 4 points
  • No letter of justification given 1 point

When applying for a program without restricted admission, it is not necessary to submit a letter of justification.

What is the procedure for the allocation of study places?

First, we have to wait for the end of the application period. After the application deadline has passed and the additional submission deadline for delayed certificates of study has expired, we release the "valid" applications for the coordination and allocation procedure.

The Foundation for University Admission (hochschulstart.de) coordinates the allocation of places of study and sends out the admission and rejection notifications by e-mail starting at the end of July until the end of August for a winter semester and from the end of January until the end of February for a summer semester.

If you receive an offer of admission, you must accept it on “hochschulstart.de” within the specified deadline. Please note: Some coordination procedures may result in Hochschulstart automatically accepting the offer of a place of study for you. In this case, your status in the OTH portal will switch to "Zugelassen" ("admitted"). In this case, you can enrol online directly in our application portal. Free places in DoSV degree programmes are distributed by the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung (Foundation for University Admission) until all places have been allocated. A lottery procedure is not carried out at Bavarian universities.

Information on restricted admission (NC) can be found in the following overview.

It is impossible for us to predict whether you will be offered a place in one of the subsequent clearing procedures, as we cannot anticipate the behaviour of other applicants. We kindly ask you to refrain from such enquiries!

If the deadline for acceptance or enrolment is not observed, the application will be excluded from any further procedure or enrolment. It is therefore essential that you adhere to the deadline! If you are unable/willing to take up your place of study due to the fulfilment of a service or for personal reasons, we do not need to be informed of this!

Would you like to know how places are allocated? Here you will find more information on the allocation of study places with restricted admission (NC).

How can I enrol?

As soon as you have received an offer of admission, you can enrol online, making sure you do so before the deadline. You will be informed of the enrolment deadline and any further procedure in the “Antrag auf Immatrikulation” (application for enrolment), which you can download as a PDF once you have accepted the place of study online BOTH on hochschulstart.de and on HISinOne. Please note: Some coordination procedures may result in Hochschulstart automatically accepting your place of study for you. If this is the case, your application status will switch to “Zugelassen "(“Admitted"). In this case, please only accept your place of study in our application portal HISinOne.
The enrolment for a winter semester generally takes place in August or for a summer semester in February.

Documents

The following documents must normally be uploaded for online enrolment at the university:

  • “Antrag auf Immatrikulation” (Application for enrolment) along with other documents required, depending on the individual case. You will receive this after accepting the place of study online in the OTH Regensburg application portal.
  • Signed “Einwilligungserklärung zum Datenschutz” (declaration of consent regarding data protection). You will receive this together with the application for enrolment.
  • Copy of valid identity card/passport
  • Digital notification of health insurance, see the following notes "I would like to enrol. What do I have to do?"

Semester fee

You will receive the transfer details for the semester fee with your application for enrolment.

I want to enrol as a student and have to provide proof of health insurance. What do I need to do?

  • Please contact your health insurance company and inform them that you would like to enrol at Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule (OTH) Regensburg. That is all that you will need to do. Your health insurance company will then send us a digital notification which we will then confirm and return digitally. Please note that we cannot accept any insurance membership certificates in paper form. Our institution number is H0000048.


  • Please contact any statutory health insurance company in Germany with your insurance documents. Please inform the health insurance company that you would like to enrol at Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule (OTH) Regensburg and remain privately insured. That is all that you will need to do. The health insurance company will then send us a digital notification of your exemption from compulsory insurance. Please note that we cannot accept an insurance membership certificate from your private health insurance. Our institution number is H0000048.


  • Please contact any statutory health insurance company in Germany with your insurance documents and inform them that you would like to enrol at Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule (OTH) Regensburg. That is all that you will need to do. The health insurance company will then send us a digital notification. Please note that we cannot accept any insurance membership certificates in paper form. Our institution number is H0000048.