For questions of all natures, please contact Sebastian Hofheinz or the rest of the team via social media. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions:

The HCI course of study is intended for bachelor graduates of information systems, applied informatics, informatics or a comparable course of study dealing essentially with software and media design. Students from other courses are welcome to apply but proof of 30 credit points from the areas of software design or creative design (including creative media design, interaction design etc.) is essential. The key prerequisite is both the wish and the ability to engage with people in their real-life contexts and to conceive tailor-made systems for them on the basis of situational understanding.
Yes, definitely!

The modern lingua franca of science is English. Since we focus on the current trends and developments in the area of current research in the HCI Master, almost all literature connected to the study program is in English. The majority of courses are held in English and thanks to our strong international links, a number of courses are held by guest speakers whose mother tongue is English, e.g. Jennifer Rode. The study program is in the process of being internationalized in the winter session 2014/15 which means that, for the first time, students will be able to study the HCI Master program in English throughout, rendering it accessible to English-speaking students.

The University of Siegen is a regular public university and since the federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia no longer charges tuition fees, the only expense to be paid is the standard semester fee of about 240 Euros per semester. This fee includes an NRW-ticket, allowing the holder unlimited travel per public transport within the largest federal state of Germany.
This question crops up time and time again. It is of course possible in Siegen but the lecturers attach great importance to the stipulation that a scientific research question must form the basis for the thesis. Unfortunately, industrial enterprises sometimes misuse graduates as cheap labor for specific projects with absolutely no, or only very few, scientific demands and that is something the lecturers in Siegen are simply not prepared to accept. All plans to work on your final paper in industry should therefore be discussed beforehand with one of the professors.
The University of Siegen has a number of partner universities around the world. In the past, HCI students have spent a term abroad in Limerick (Ireland), Peking (China) and Tulsa (USA) among other places. If you are interested, speak to one of the lecturers or to Marco Durissini, the academic advisor. The right solution can be found for everyone.
Excellent idea! There is high demand for student assistants to work on a large number of research projects related to the Chairs here and this makes it possible for almost any HCI student to find work here, if desired. Since the work is thematically and physically closely linked to the HCI program, such a job can easily be linked to the course of study.
That is possible too. Our professors and staff members maintain very good contacts with local industries and are happy to help, if required.
But of course! As already mentioned, a large number of HCI-students work as student assistants – but this doesn’t mean they spend all their time making photocopies! Far from it, in fact: with a high degree of personal responsibility, students carry out studies and user tests as well as contributing to scientific publications. In the course of their studies, many HCI students manage to take part in a number of conferences, some of which are international and renowned.  Even for students who do not intend to work in research later, conference participation is an exciting prospect which offers the chance to publish term and seminar papers by way of trial in scientific journals. This can prove very advantageous for your motivation (and afterwards for your reputation, too).
In view of its importance, we have dedicated a whole section to answering this question.
Siegen offers all kinds of discos and pubs (from mainstream to dark) as well as an active room-sharing community. The surrounding area – which is stunning – lends itself to outdoor activities such as mountainbiking, motorcycling horse riding etc. In addition, there is a whole range of “normal” activities such as (university) sport, restaurants, theatre etc.

An impressive “bottom-up” culture can be found in Siegen. There is, for example, an urban garden here as well as a Hackspace, an autonomous theatre group, a BarCamp and the FabLab. There are plenty of opportunities to meet interesting, creative people who are dedicated to what they do, and to get to know these people better. HCI students have their finger on the pulse of most projects and are active in most enterprises.

There are a number of ways to do this. The module handbook helps to you gain an initial impression of the courses. Then there is of course LSF (lecture timetable) where you can find the HCI page. This should, however, be viewed with caution. As so often happens in universities, the timetable is not necessarily up to date or some new courses might not yet be listed there (and HCI very often offers small seminars, some of which result spontaneously in response to student demand). You are most likely to find up to date information on our HCI page, right here!
And we are here to answer them!

Generally speaking, Marco Durissini , our academic advisor, is the person to ask. You can, of course, speak to any other HCI student at any time; they are always pleased to give you first-hand information. The easiest way to contact us is via Facebook or twitter; we will pass your query on to the most suitable person.