Saarland Exchange

The CSE department piloted the Saarland exchange program in Germany during the 2010-2011 academic year. We hope to continue the program depending on future student interest. At this time, the program can support sending one undergraduate student a year.

Requirements & Application

Undergraduate students interested in going abroad should speak with a CSE advisor for more info. The department also holds an information session for CSE students interested in one of the departmental programs during Winter quarter. The session is run by the faculty representatives for each school, a CSE advisor, and students who have participated in each exchange. This session is your opportunity to ask questions, hear about others' experiences, and learn about the application process. The departmental application to select students typically consists of a brief statement of interest and a review of your academic record and background.

Beginning in 2015, the application and selection process for prospective exchange students will take place in February. Students will confirm their intent to go abroad before March 1, 2015.

Applying for an exchange and preparing to go involves many steps, and multiple applications. CSE majors first apply through the department and are selected by a faculty and staff committee. Selected students then confirm their intent to go abroad. CSE will send a list of outgoing students to UW's IP&E office, who will contact students about UW procedured for going abroad. Then students are also nominated by a CSE advisor to each exchange school, and each student must formally apply to each school. The following paragraphs outline each of these steps in more detail.

Note that the academic calendar is different at our exchange schools. Saarland offers Summer semester (April-July, with exams through September) and Winter semester (October-February, with exams through March). Students who go abroad for a full year should not have major issues with this different academic calendar. Students who go abroad for only one semester will need to consider UW's academic calendar; for example, students who go to Saarland for Winter semester will likely miss UW's Winter quarter. View Saarland's full academic calendar here


Before You Go

Once you are selected to study abroad, CSE advising will email you information on the deadline to accept our offer, the process and deadline for your Saarland application (this is mostly a formality so you are officially accepted by the university). Due to the difference in academic calendars, the deadline to submit the Saarland application is in July, but we will complete that process earlier in spring. Saarland provides lots of helpful information for visiting exchange students here. You will work closely with CSE, Saarland and the UW Study Abroad Office. Please be aware that many of these processes will take time, so you should plan accordingly and start early!

The Saarland exchange, like other exchanges at UW, operates under the Home Tuition Program (students continue to pay UW tuition but no tuition at the visiting school). In addition, students are required to concurrently enroll and pay a UW IP&E fee to maintain these benefits while away:

  • Concurrent enrollment;
  • Financial aid and scholarship eligibility;
  • Graded UW credit for coursework completed abroad;
  • Pre-registration privileges at the UW;
  • Continued deferment of school-related loans;
  • Satisfaction of residency graduation requirements;

Overview of IP&E Requirements & Helpful Links

CSE will notify IP&E of your nomination to study abroad no later than March 1. After that, you will be contacted directly by IP&E via email about their requirements. Once you are accepted to Saarland, you will receive information from their admissions office about housing and enrollment. It's the student's responsibility to complete all the necessary steps for both Saarland and UW to study and live abroad.

Students are responsible for travel costs and living expenses while in Saarbruecken.

Scholarships: Along with other scholarships for study abroad, students going to Saarland should apply for the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship. This award is available for Undergraduates going to German universities for study, research, and/or internships! All CSE majors visiting Saarland should be eligible to apply. The deadline is January 15, 2015 (postmark date). For additional information, visit:

Passport & Visa

If you do not currently have a passport, you should apply for one as early as possible. The processing time can take up to 10-12 weeks.

Once you have your letter/certificate of acceptance from KTH, you can move forward with obtaining your visa from the German Consulate. You will want to check with the consulate directly about the required documents and payment you must provide.


Saarland University Department of Computer Science
CSE student Feedback on Saarland Academics

UW's course equivalency catalog for all exchanges

Credit Conversion

Exchange students are expected to take a full-time load of 24-30 ECTS credits per semester (excluding language courses). In order to not jeopardize student or financial aid status at the UW, a minimum of 48 ECTS credits must be taken for a year-long exchange. If you have any concerns about a course or your expected grade while at Saarland, please talk with a CSE advisor about that before making any decisions about dropping the class.

Exchange credits and equivalents are determined by IP&E and CSE after you return to Seattle. You will need to have a Saarland transcript sent to the IP&E office once your exchange is complete and your final grades are reported. Please see the IP&E Credits for Exchanges for an overview of the credit conversion process.

Courses are frequently offered as 5, 7.5, 10, 15, 20, 30 ECTS credit courses. A normal full time load for a semester is 24-30 ECTS and at least 48 ECTS for an academic year.

  • 1 ECTS credit = approximately 0.75 quarter credits
  • 16 ECTS credits = 12 quarter credits
  • 20 ECTS credits = 15 quarter credits
  • 24 ECTS credits = 18 quarter credits
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