International Programmes 2021/2022

Computer Science (BSc) Computer Science (BSc)

Hof University of Applied Sciences • Hof

Bachelor of Science
Teaching language
  • German
  • English

The Computer Science Bachelor's programme is targeted at international students with basic skills in German language (level A1) who are not fluent enough to fully study in German but ready to work on their language skills.

The modules of first and second semester are taught in English while students have intensive German language training. From the third semester onwards, modules are mostly taught in German.

Programme duration
8 semesters
Summer semester
Application deadline

EU citizens: 5 November to 15 January

Non-EU citizens: 5 November to 30 November

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Joint degree / double degree programme

In the Computer Science Bachelor's programme, you will acquire not only up-to-date IT skills and competencies but also proficient German language and intercultural skills.

Building on the necessary fundamentals, you will learn to develop large software systems that are required in all areas of modern life. The use of the latest methods and tools of modern information technology will be practically applied in teams throughout the programme.

Thanks to this early practical experience and the close cooperation between Hof University and regional enterprises, you can start your professional life within exciting and diverse areas of responsibility. This includes for example the following entry positions:

  • Software Developer
  • IT Project Manager
  • Software Architect
  • Web Developer
  • IT Consultant
  • Database Developer
  • Network Specialist
  • Requirements Engineer 
  • Security Expert 
  • Data Scientist
Course organisation

Semesters 1 and 2:

  • Basic subjects of Computer Science taught in English language (e.g. Mathematics, Operating Systems and an Introduction to Programming)
  • Intensive German language training and intercultural preparation

Semester 3 to 5:

  • Mainly taught in German language
  • Modules in the core areas of Computer Science like Web Development, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science or IT Security

Semesters 6 and 7:

  • Mainly taught in German language
  • Deepen your expertise on individual topics by freely choosing your modules from the subject catalogue (e.g. RESTful Web Services, Robotics, Internet of Things or Data Analysis and Data Mining)

Semester 8: practical project and final thesis

International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

Administrative fee of approx. 100 EUR per semester

Costs of living

The cost of living in the city of Hof is very moderate compared to both other European countries and bigger cities in Germany. On average, living expenses for a student range between 700 and 800 EUR per month in total.

The following is an approximate cost calculation of expenditures per month:

  • rent (student residence): 270 to 450 EUR
  • mandatory health insurance: about 110 EUR
  • food and personal expenditures: about 250 EUR
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

General higher education entrance qualification or subject-linked university entrance qualification, University of Applied Sciences entrance qualification or professional qualification

(If you are not sure about your university entrance qualification, please check the following websites: and

Language requirements

Applicants must be proficient in English. This can be proven with one of the following options:

  • TOEFL minimum 90 (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS 6.5 or above (International English Language Testing Systems)

In addition: Basic language skills in German, proven by official test score documents – minimum A1 level according to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

Application deadline

EU citizens: 5 November to 15 January

Non-EU citizens: 5 November to 30 November

Submit application to
  1. University entrance certificates from abroad have to be assessed by uni-assist before being sent to Hof University (at least four weeks before the application deadline at Hof University).
  2. Submit application via our online application portal

The Housing Office supports international students in finding appropriate accommodation.

Rent for a single room in a student dormitory is approx. 270 to 450 EUR. Rent for a private one-room apartment is more than 450 EUR, plus there are additional costs for water, energy, and Internet. We also have a limited number of double rooms for couples or friends that cost about 200 to 250 EUR per person.

For a full overview of the practical issues related to living in Hof and our support services for international students, please have a look at the website of our Welcome Service and Housing Office.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Accompanying programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Visa matters
  • Pick-up service

Hof University of Applied Sciences

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International students on the Hof University campus

Studying at Hof University – your benefits at a glance

  • first-class, hands-on education focused on employability
  • friendly and open-minded study environment, especially for international students
  • extensive personal support for international students from the Welcome Service, International Office, and Career Service
  • assistance in finding accommodation in Hof
  • orientation sessions prior to the start of the studies
  • career-promoting activities, such as intercultural trainings, field trips, and company visits

About Hof University

Founded in 1994, our university offers a very attractive study environment with its modern architecture and its state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and dormitories. You will receive a first-class, hands-on education here. As a practice-oriented university of applied sciences with integrated internships in all programmes, the employability of our graduates is the main focus of our teaching.

We offer more than 40 modern Bachelor's and Master's programmes in business, computer science, and engineering as well as in interdisciplinary and innovative sciences. Students with at least one year of professional experience find exciting further education opportunities completely in the English language at Hof University Graduate School.

Strong practice orientation

All professors have a strong academic background as well as practical experience in industry. Teaching is based on innovative methods to convey application-oriented knowledge (e.g. projects with industry, site visits, involvement of company representatives). As a result, our graduates are ideally prepared for the domestic and international labour markets.

Intensive personal support

We are well known for our friendly study atmosphere. An excellent student-lecturer ratio allows for frequent and personal contact between students and professors and an active exchange of ideas. Students receive intensive personal support during their studies and benefit from numerous services, such as orientation weeks, social integration events, and housing support.

The university’s outlook is extremely international, with more than 130 partner universities all over the world. About twenty percent of students come from abroad, creating a truly multinational atmosphere.

Applied research

The university's four research institutes concentrate on information systems, biopolymers, and material sciences as well as water and energy management. The guiding principles for our research are practice-orientation, internationalisation and resource efficiency (focusing on indoor climate systems / water).

Students who are interested in a start-up or in the formation of a company get advice and support at Einstein1, the digital business incubator on campus of Hof University.

3,800 Total number of students
20 Percentage of international students

University location

Hof is a medium-sized town located at the top of Bavaria and in the heart of Europe, right in the middle of Berlin, Munich, and Prague. Hof has a population of about 50,000 and is an appealing and safe university town with plenty of leisure activities. To relax and unwind, there are numerous bars, cinemas, an orchestra, a theatre, a landscaped park called Theresienstein, and a beautiful lake – the Untreusee. Hof is also known for the International Hof Film Festival, which is one of the most important German film festivals.

The region around Hof has the second-highest industrial density in all of Europe, mainly specialising in manufacturing machinery and plastic (automobile) parts. The companies are mostly small and medium-sized businesses, the so-called hidden champions, and they provide ample opportunities for internships and entry jobs.

The city of Hof is surrounded by beautiful nature. It is located between the low mountain regions of the Fichtelgebirge and the Franconian Forest on the banks of the Saale River. You will find excellent possibilities for all outdoor sporting activities such as cycling, hiking, climbing, and skiing.