General Information

Beginning of Program:

The regular beginning of the program is annually in October (winter semester).

Admission for the Master program is also possible for summer semester (April).


Program Duration:

The curriculum of ISE is designed as a consecutive bachelor master program with duration for the:

  • Bachelor program: 3 years, 6 semesters
  • Master program: 2 years, 4 semesters



The academic year is divided in two semesters:

  • Winter semester: from October to March
  • Summer semester: from April to September


Lecture Period:

In winter term the lectures usually start in beginning/mid-October and end in beginning/mid-February. The summer term lectures start usually in beginning/mid-April and finish in July.

During the winter semester will be a break of two weeks for Christmas and New Year's holidays.


Examination Period:

The examination period always starts directly after the lecture period ends and last for approx. 6 weeks.


Language of Instruction:

The language of instruction is half German and half English. This means that approx. 50% of the courses are taught in German and the other 50% are taught in English. The language of the examination is the same as the language of instruction in the corresponding lecture.


Semester Abroad:

It is obligatory for German students to stay abroad for a period of 3 to 6 months.
During this time the students can:

  • participate in lectures at an university and earn credits by passing the examinations, or
  • work on their final thesis, or
  • do their industrial internship at a company to serve the obligatory professional practical training.


Industrial Internship

An industrial internship in a company is compulsory for all Bachelor students. The whole 12 weeks of industrial internship have to be finished before starting the final thesis.



All students are required to pay a social contribution of about 320,- € per semester. The social contribution includes a semester ticket covering public transport in North-Rhine-Westphalia, subsidized meals in the canteen of the university and other services.


Costs of Living:

We recommend budgeting around 800,- € per month for personal expenses.



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