- Practical AND theoretical: We will give you a sound scientific and engineering background based on timeless knowledge, which you can build on throughout your professional life. At the same time we are always one step ahead of the times with our practical topics. You will be in the laboratory with the soldering equipment and will work – usually in a team – on specific tasks and projects.
- International setting: More young international people study at Klagenfurt University than at other universities. Spanish, Russian, English, Chinese – we offer a wide range of language classes to help you prepare for your career, wherever you choose to live and work. The Master’s degree programmes available to you following your graduation are all taught in English.
- We will accompany you on your journey. Are you nervous about disappearing among the masses of students at a large university? That won’t happen to you here in Klagenfurt. For us you are not just one among many, you are special. We want to know who you are, what moves you and what you want to achieve. That’s why we offer very good supervision arrangements, small seminars and compact working groups.
How we are seen
- We excel in rankings!
The University of Klagenfurt is one of the top 2 % universities worldwide.
(Times Higher Education World University Rankings)
- We are distinguished by our students!
The University of Klagenfurt is the only university in the world to win a Global Student Satisfaction Award twice in a row
(Studyportals – the Global Study Choice Platform)
- Our study programmes come highly recommended!
The University of Klagenfurt is recommended by 97 % of its students.
- Top quality is our standard!
The University of Klagenfurt places high value on comprehensive quality standards. Our quality management is EVALAG-certified,
we maintain the highest environmental standards (EMAS certification) and are a family-friendly university.
(State quality label “hochschuleundfamilie”)
- Electrical Engineering and Physics: How can electronic devices be further advanced? Which physical properties, for example of materials, play a role when information needs to be processed?
- Informatics and Software Development: We will show you how to develop sound and trouble-free software, across all development stages: You plan, you develop, you implement and you test.
- Mathematics: Informatics would not exist without mathematics. We will teach you all the essentials you need. We will also introduce you to the theoretical concepts of computer science.
- Computer and Network Technology: Nowadays, one computer by itself can do very little. Computing power is provided jointly by many devices operating in networks and in the cloud. The more distributed they are, the more vulnerable they are to cyberattacks. We will show you how networks function and how they can be protected against threats.
- Electronics and Circuitry: Together we will delve into the world of microelectronics, for example, and you will learn how to design digital circuits.
- Signals und Systems: How do signals get from A to B? We will introduce you to digital signal processing and communications engineering.
- Measurement and Control Systems Engineering: It is becoming increasingly important, especially in industry, that processes are controlled autonomously. Control systems engineering is an essential part of automation technology.
- Fundamentals of Business Administration: You don’t want marketing, accounting, production and logistics, HR management and leadership to remain blank spots, instead you want to be involved in the economic utilisation of technical innovations? We can provide you with all the tools you may need!
We help you to acquire scientific skills, and you can use them to good effect: While some people become mere users of PCs, we will turn you into a visionary thinker, designer and trendsetter in the world of information and communications engineering, with a lot of freedom and scope for action in your professional life.
- Everything you need for the practical setting. Around 40 percent of our lecturers are highly successful in the professional field. What we offer is nothing out of this world, but rather we allow you to take flight.
- Triumph with soft skills. The world of work needs team players who can work creatively and purposefully, regardless of subjects and cultures. In our seminars you will learn how to boost inspiration and efficiency in group work. Here you will learn to become a moderator and manager of projects.
- Reaching for the sky after graduation. Many of our graduates enter professional life straight after their Bachelor’s degree. However, others are eager for more. At the University of Klagenfurt, we are able to offer you Master’s degree programmes, which are specially tailored to your interests: (with supplementary courses) Informatics, (with supplementary courses) Artificial Intelligence & Cybersecurity, Information and Communications Engineering (with a focus on Autonomous Systems and Robotics, Networks and Communications, Business Engineering), (with supplementary courses) Information Management, Media and Convergence Management. The choice is yours!
…you’re mistaken: You can easily get started in information and communications engineering! Although some do find it a bit challenging to get used to “thinking algorithmically” at the very beginning of their studies, to understand the maths behind the computer science and to grasp the principles of electrical engineering and physics: Still, our students later tell us that it was well worth the effort to master the difficulties.
If you ever get stuck, or if you feel that the knowledge you learned at school is not enough, we can help you! We have dedicated technology preparation courses for this purpose: These focused workshops will bring you up to speed and help you launch your studies. Taking advantage of these voluntary and free offers will also provide benefits later on: The preparation courses qualify as free elective subjects.
In Klagenfurt you can study at your own pace. To help you follow your path with confidence, we keep it clear of (bureaucratic) stumbling blocks and barriers. If you wish to reach your goal quickly and efficiently, we will always be there to support you. Our recommended course of study will guide you through the semesters. You work your way through the curriculum – making the most of opportunities to broaden your horizons and without wasting time. If you would like to know which courses await you before you start, take a look at the wide range of seminars and lectures.
Programme structure: a tabular overview
|Introduction to the degree programme||4.5|
|Electrical Engineering and Physics||12|
|Computer Science and Software Development||12|
|Computer and Network Technology||18|
|Electronics and Circuits||18|
|Signals and Systems||18|
|Measurement and Control Technology||12|
|Principles of Business and Economics||12|
|Information Technology Specialisation and Mathematics Supplement||12|
|Business Management Supplement I
Business Management Supplement II / Expansion of Competences
Introductory orientation period (STEOP)
The introductory orientation period (STEOP) of the Bachelor of Information and Communications Engineering degree programme is worth 12.5 ECTS credits and consists of the courses “Introduction to the degree programme in Information and Communications Engineering and Business Engineering”, “Introduction to Informatics” and “Designing Digital Circuits”. Prior to completing the STEOP, additional courses worth up to 22 ECTS credits may be taken.
Recommended course of study
Important note regarding lecture courses scheduled on a cyclical basis: Although certain lecture courses are only offered once a year, the corresponding examinations can be taken year-round on specific dates.
1. Semester (Starting in the winter semester)
|SUBJECT||ECTS||Course number + title||Course type|
|0,5||Einführung in das Studium Informationstechnik und Wirtschaftsingenieur und aktuelle Fallstudien aus der Praxis||VC|
|2||Einführung in die Informatik||VO|
|4||Einführung in die Informatik||UE*|
|3||Entwurf digitaler Schaltungen||VO|
|3||Entwurf digitaler Schaltungen||KS*|
|3||Übungen zu Analysis 1||UE*|
|Electrical Engineering and Physics||4||Grundlagen der Physik: Elektrizität und Magnetismus||VO|
|2||Grundlagen der Physik: Elektrizität und Magnetismus||KS*|
* compulsory attendance
|SUBJECT||ECTS||Course number + title||Course type|
|3||Übungen zu Analysis 2||UE*|
|4||Lineare Algebra für Informatik und Informationstechnik||VO|
|2||Lineare Algebra für Informatik und Informationstechnik||UE*|
|Electrical Engineering and Physics||4||Grundlagen der Physik: Kinematik, Dynamik und Thermodynamik||VO|
|2||Grundlagen der Physik: Kinematik, Dynamik und Thermodynamik||KS*|
|Electronics and Circuits||3||Mikroelektronik||VO|
|Computer Science and Software Development||2||Einführung in die strukturierte und objektbasierte Programmierung||VO|
|4||Einführung in die strukturierte und objektbasierte Programmierung||UE*|
* compulsory attendance
The course of studies does not include a compulsory internship. However, students can write their Bachelor thesis within the scope of a self-organised internship.
There are no limits to your personal development. Enjoy the freedom that only a university degree can offer you and expand your horizons beyond your academic studies. You can pick and choose which competences will set you apart in the future. We have lots to offer, for instance:
- Are you looking to set up your own business and launch an entrepreneurial venture? By acquiring the “Build! Entrepreneurship Certificate” you will gain precisely the skills you need to turn your brilliant idea into a successful business! The nearby Lakeside Science & Technology Park also offers you the necessary facilities so you don’t need to sit in a garage while you are working on the app that will change the world and expand your wallet.
- Do you want to learn a new language and prepare for an international career? You can learn Russian, Spanish or Chinese (and many other languages besides) at the University of Klagenfurt.
- If the Bachelor’s degree programme in “Information and Communications Engineering” does not include enough computer science for your tastes, you can expand your knowledge even further with the extension programme in “Digital Competences”.
Continue to browse through this overview of all the elective subjects.
Admission to the degree programme must take place before the end of the general admission period (winter semester: 5 September | summer semester: 5 February).
A late admission until 31 October (winter semester) or 31 March (summer semester) can only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
You do not have to go through a special admission procedure to start the Bachelor‘s degree in “Information and Communications Engineering” in Klagenfurt. Simply enrol and get stuck in!
You only have to meet the following conditions, which also apply to all other programmes:
- General university entrance qualification (e.g. Matura)
- German language skills at level B2 (CEFR)
.Prospective students who apply for admission to a German-language degree programme and whose first language is not German must provide evidence of German language proficiency no lower than level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the time of application
German courses and exams are offered as part of the VAAU preparatory course by the Language Center German in Austria.
First of all: Excellent job prospects lie in store for you when you graduate from the Bachelor‘s programme in Information and Communications Engineering. Qualified professionals in this field are highly sought after on the job market and the headhunters working for major companies recruit graduates through our numerous career projects. After completing your studies, you can work in the following fields, among others:
- Technical systems developer: Your degree in Information and Communications Engineering will qualify you as an expert for all new hardware technologies used to process information: self-driving cars, drones, mobile phone transmission, smart homes, robots and much more.
- Manager in technology ventures: Some are experts in technology, others set the tills ringing for their companies and lead innovations to economic success. With the branch of study “Business Engineering“ you can do both! You will become an indispensable translator between the two worlds.
- Software developer: You will be an expert for the entire development process: from design to testing.
- You want to be able to work independently? Have you got an unbeatable idea for an electronic device that the world could really use? Use your scientific engineering knowledge and put your concept into practice – with our full support – while you are still studying. The neighbouring Lakeside Science & Technology Park and the business incubator build! also provide the ideal infrastructure for your entrepreneurial growth.
You’ll soon discover this: Graduates and students from the University of Klagenfurt have many interesting careers.
- Here in Klagenfurt, you will get to know your fellow students during the Welcome Days – and you will make new friends in the very first week; friends you will share memorable experiences with in the years to come.
- You will never be a mere (matriculation) number here: Our courses have a limited number of participants and so our lecturers will soon get to know you. We encourage and challenge you, in every way you need!
- Your degree starts with the so-called “Introductory phase (STEOP)”. No matter which school you attended or which qualifications you bring with you to the university: We will get you to the level you need in order to study successfully in the semesters ahead. In addition, the technology preparation courses will help you to rapidly progress on the road to success in your studies!
- During the first semester, our students are coached in small groups by mentors, making it easier for you to get off to a good start.
The information and communication technology industry is global: So, whether you want to develop new chips in Indonesia after graduation or test revolutionary drone technology in Dubai, the world is yours to explore. Complete a semester abroad during your studies and spend it at one of the university’s 250 or so partner universities. You won’t need to worry about your finances – we have plenty of scholarships on offer.
Once you have completed the Bachelor’s degree in Information and Communications Engineering you can continue straight on to one of the following degree programmes:
Can I start my studies even if I don’t have any prior knowledge? How can I prepare for my degree programme?
What is most important when starting your studies is that you have an interest in and a curiosity about the field of study and the subject area. No prior knowledge is required. If you are still unsure, simply attend one of our technology preparation courses. Here, you can refresh your knowledge of computer science and mathematics along with other first-year students. The course is free of charge and will be credited as part of your studies.
Is the degree programme in Information and Communications Engineering the right one for me?
Do you sometimes wonder how drones or robots work and what they are used for (e.g. drones on Mars or the use of robots / drones in disaster relief operations) or how information (e.g. images, videos or voice signals) is generated by technical means such as smartphones or tablets? If you want to understand the underlying technical principles that are used universally today and would like to be involved in shaping the future, the degree programme in Information and Communications Engineering is perfect for you!
If you want to be sure, you are also welcome to chat with a student and seek advice. Just send a quick e-mail to studieninfo [at] aau [dot] at
What’s the difference between “Information and Communications Engineering” and “Informatics”?
Informatics deals with software development. Information and communications engineering, on the other hand, also deals with hardware-related issues such as system development or the production of sensors, chips, etc.
What are the differences between the branch of study “Engineering” and the branch of study “Business Engineering”?
The branch of study “Engineering” ” focuses on information technology innovations with a strong emphasis on engineering subjects.
The branch of study “Business Engineering” , on the other hand, also covers subjects from the economic sciences and deals with business management and technical problems.
How do I start my academic studies at the University of Klagenfurt?
Our check list will help you to get started. We have compiled everything you need to know here – from registering online right up to enrolling for a degree programme.
Is there a mentoring programme?
The mentoring programme is designed to smooth the way for first-semester students entering university. During the first semester, our students are coached in small groups by experienced mentors. The mentors provide advice and help you to clear organisational hurdles and overcome any problems you may have in finding your bearings.
Which school-leaving certificate do I need to start my studies?
No matter which school they attended (e. g. HTL, AHS, HAK, etc.), every secondary school student with an Austrian school leaving certificate (Matura) or the general university entrance qualification (e. g. Abitur) is entitled to pursue a university degree.
I am attending a secondary technical school (HTL). Is it possible to get academic credit for subjects I have taken at school?
Students at a HTL who have passed certain subjects at secondary level may be able to transfer credit so that it counts towards certain courses run by the university. If you have any questions about a credit transfer, the Programme Director responsible for your chosen programme will be happy to help (e-mail: spl-infotech [at] aau [dot] at).
Where can I find additional information? Who can I contact with questions?
University of Klagenfurt