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MS in Computer Science in Germany vs USA

Here are some of the key advantages and disadvantages of pursuing Masters in Computer Science in Germany when compared to the equivalent in the US:


  • Zero tuition fee: state-funded universities offer free education. Private universities charge tuition fee, which is also comparatively low.
  • Research facilities are good.
  • Cheap living compared to the US. You can cover up to 80% of your monthly living expenses by working part-time with some professors, helping them in their on-going research projects.
  • Good opportunities with startups in Berlin and Munich.
  • Less expensive health insurance.
  • Better work-life balance.


  • Lower paying part-time jobs as well as fewer opportunities in Germany when compared to the US. However, you should note that you get paid enough to meet your monthly expenses.
  • You need to learn the German language for easier day-to-day living as well as better access to part-time opportunities.
  • Out of Times top 100 universities, 37 are in the US whereas only 19 are in Europe. The US has a large number of good universities, offering every possible specialization and a range of courses.

Bonus points

  • With a German student visa, you can travel anywhere within Europe.
  • You can stay up to 1.5 years after completing your Masters to search for a job.
  • Great career opportunities for you – by some estimates, there is a shortage of over 100K engineers and IT professionals with average salaries around $60K a year.
  • You can work for a maximum of 90 days per year (full time) or 180 days per year (part-time). And the best part is you don’t require an additional work permit. So, by working part-time you can cover the majority of your living expenses.
  • If you do well in your internships, you have a good chance of getting a full-time placement.

Top Schools in Germany offering MS in Computer Science and Engineering MS in English

For international students interested in applying to German universities with a possibility of scholarships, here is a list of programs at various universities along with their application deadlines.

University Programs Application Deadline
#1 FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg Advanced Signal Processing and Communications Engineering 15 April
#2 SRH University Heidelberg Applied Computer Science, Information Technology 1 April, 1 October
#3 University of Applied Sciences Mittweida Applied Mathematics in Digital Media 15 May
#4 TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) Automation & IT, Communication Systems and Networks, Computer Science  NA
#5 Esslingen University of Applied Sciences Automotive Systems 31 March
#6 Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg Autonomous Systems 1 July, 15 January
#7 Bielefeld University Behavior: From Neural Mechanisms to Evolution 1 October
#8 TU München Biomedical Computing, Computational Mechanics, Data Engineering and Analytics, Informatics – Games Engineering 31 May
#9 FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg Communications and Multimedia Engineering 15 March
#10 RWTH Aachen University Communications Engineering, Computational Engineering Science, Media Informatics 1 March, 15 July
#11 FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg Computational Engineering 15 April
#12 University of Stuttgart Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, Information Technology 15 July, 15 January
#13 Saarland University Computer and Communications Technology, Language Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Media Informatics 15 May, 15 November
#14 University of Konstanz Computer and Information Science 15 May, 1 December
#15 TU Kaiserslautern Computer Science, Embedded Computing Systems 30 April, 31 October
#16 Bauhaus-Universität Weimar  Computer Science and Media, Human-Computer Interaction 15 July, 15 January
#17 University of Magdeburg  Data and Knowledge Engineering 15 June, 15 December
#18 University of Hildesheim  Data Analytics 31 July, 15 September
#19 Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences Digital Media 15 January
#20 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund Project Management 15 July
#21 Fulda University of Applied Sciences  Global Software Development 15 October, 15 April
#22 University of Tübingen  Neural Information Processing, Computational Linguistics 15 January
#23 Hamburg University of Technology Information and Communication Systems 31 March
#24 Kiel University of Applied Sciences Information Engineering 30 April, 31 October
#25 Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences Information Engineering and Computer Science, Usability Engineering 15 July, 15 January
#26 Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences  Information Technology (IT) 15 April
#27 Bielefeld University  Intelligent Systems 15 July
#28 Berlin University of Technology  Computational Neuroscience 15 March
#29 TU Darmstadt  Information and Communication Engineering 15 June
#30 TU Dresden  Computational Logic 31 May
#31 University of Applied Sciences Wedel IT Engineering 31 August, 28 February
#32 Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences Computer Science 1 September
#33 South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences   International Management & Information Systems  15 November, 15 May
#34 Leuphana University Lüneburg  Management & Data Science  1 June
#35 Ruhr University Bochum  Cognitive Science NA
#36 Ulm University  Cognitive Systems  NA
#37 Paderborn University Computer Engineering, Computer Science  31 May, 30 November
#38 Jacobs University Bremen Computational Life Science, Data Engineering  1 June
#39 Computational Life Science  Computer Science  1 June, 15 December
#40 University of Passau  Computer Science 15 January, 30 June
#41 University of Siegen  Computer Science  30 April
#42 Kiel University  Digital Communications  1 April
#43 University of Münster  Information Systems 31 May, 30 November
#44 Universität Hamburg Intelligent Adaptive Systems 31 March
#45 University of Bamberg International Software Systems Science 1 June, 1 December
#46 University of Koblenz-Landau Mathematical Modelling of Complex Systems 15 July, 15 December
#47 University of Augsburg Software Engineering 1 May
#48 University of Koblenz-Landau Web Science 15 May, 15 November
#49 Ilmenau University of Technology  Media Technology  Rolling
#50 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München  Neuro-Cognitive Psychology 1 March
#51 Ilmenau University of Technology  Computer & Systems Engineering 30 March, 15 July
#52 Heilbronn University Software Engineering and Management 15 July

References: DAAD