Starting from the winter term 2014, CISPA and its partner institutions will offer a new Bachelor study program in cyber security (Bachelor Cybersicherheit). It complements the existing CS Bachelor programs at Saarland University and offers students a scientific degree that is particularly tailored to the growing needs of both IT security research and industry. In contrast to existing CS Bachelor programs, students are offered security-related lectures from their very first term and are confronted with virtually all topics of IT security during their studies. The first year of the Bachelor programs is being taught in German; courses in subsequent years are typically taught in English. In total, about 750 students are currently enrolled in CS Bachelor programs at Saarland University; corresponding numbers for the new cyber security Bachelor will be available in October 2014. Moreover, the CS department at Saarland University runs an honors program that supports outstanding undergraduate students from the start of their studies. These students are offered complementary discussion and exercise groups that are tailored towards them. Moreover, students of the honors program receive regular mentoring by the CS faculty. CISPA participates in these activities.
Security-inclined students that intend to enter a Master program at Saarland University are offered two choices: the international EIT ICT Labs Master in Security & Privacy, or the general CS Master program at Saarland University. The EIT ICT Labs Master program in Security & Privacy is a joint endeavor of the EIT ICT Labs and several European universities. The program includes studies at two different universities as well as a strong focus on entrepreneurship in cooperation with industry. Saarland University serves as a so-called exit node of the program, i.e., students complete their Master here after having started it at a partner institution before. The general CS Master at Saarland University grants students a large degree of freedom in the selection of their courses; in particular, students can freely select out of the many security-related courses that are constantly being offered by the CISPA faculty, and in this form achieve a specialization in cyber security. All courses in the Master programs are being offered in English. About 450 students are currently enrolled in the CS Master studies at Saarland University.
PhD studies at CISPA is embedded into the doctoral program of the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science, which is run in close collaboration with the International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science. The Graduate School is currently home to 375 PhD students (with about 60 students in the so-called preparatory phase of up to 1.5 years leading from the Bachelor’s or Master’s degree to the qualifying exam, and about 315 students in the subsequent dissertation phase). About 25% of them are affiliated with CISPA. The Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science offers a rich environment for these students, ranging from structural elements such as guidelines for graduate education, progress monitoring, and a paid preparatory phase for students entering with a Bachelor’s degree, to educational elements such as distinguished lectures for PhD students, mentorship, soft-skill courses, excursions, and so on. CISPA contributes to all these aspects, and it benefits from the steady flow of highly educated students that wish to enter the dissertation phase. The student-faculty ratio is low due to our large number of (CISPA) faculty.