Admission Requirements

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 academic credit points from the areas of software design and/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.

Application Procedure

If you hold an international bachelor degree, you need to submit the following documents in order to apply for the HCI program:

Obligatory documents: 

  • A letter of motivation in which you should outline your motivation for applying to our master’s program. Please be innovative and let us know about what you want to do after finishing your studies of HCI. How do you want to make an impact to your environment?
  • A German or English Certification of your Degree and current summary of achievements (Transcript of Records) regarding the course of study (Diploma/Bachelor) qualifying you to study this course (qualifications see above). An overall grade of at least 2,5 (comma) must be achieved. Please use the Bavarian formula to translate your grade:
    and notice that we have a different scaling in Germany (1=highest grad; 4= lowest grade to pass). If the course of study qualifying you for the Master’s course has not yet been completed, you will need to provide a provisional final grade (if this is not shown in the summary of achievements, corresponding certification will need to be provided by the relevant examination office).
  • A documentation of the required knowledge of the English language.
    Recommended: (TOEFL IBT (min. 95 Points), IELTS (min. 7.0), Cambridge-Test CAE, FCE (min. C)).

    Officially required
    (last application phase): (TOEFL IBT (min. 90 Points), IELTS (min. 5.5), Cambridge-Test CAE, FCE (min. B).Please notice that no test certificate is needed if you are a national from a majority English speaking country as specified by passport. Countries are:
    – United Kingdom
    – Nigeria
    – Ghana
    – Antigua and Barbuda
    – Australia
    – The Bahamas
    – Barbados
    – Belize
    – Canada
    – Dominica
    – Grenada
    – Guyana
    – Jamaica
    – New Zealand
    – St Kitts and Nevis
    – St Lucia
    – St Vincent and the Grenadines
    – Trinidad and Tobago
    – United States of America
    A first degree from an English speaking country or non English speaking country with English as main medium of instruction can’t be considered if not coming from one of these countries. Here one of the above mentioned test certificates is needed. 
  • If required, a performance record of your skills and knowledge regarding design and development (see section”Admission Requirements”). These skills must have been achieved academically. 

Optional documents: 

  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form (recommended)
  • Design- or programming task to show your skills (recommended)

Please notice that the first step in your application process will be a validation by content. The second step will be a decision about the general equivalence of your foreign university degree with a regular comparable degree at a German university (formal validation step). This decision will be made by our department STARTING.
The third step will be a Skype-Interview with our faculty members who’d like to talk to you about your qualifications and vision(s) (shown in the motivation letter).

Application phase for winter term starts at 1st of Mai.

Here you enter our online application platform Unisono:

Notice that no hard copies are needed until you arrive in Siegen if admission will be granted.

Application Deadlines for national and international students:

Starting in winter semester: May 1 to July 15

Starting in summer semester: November 1 to January 15

A national student is a student, who:

1. has the German citizenship or

2. has attained Bachelor or similar degree studies in Germany.

An international student is a student, who:

1. does not have the German citizenship and

2. has attained Bachelor or similar degree studies outside of Germany.

Please also notice that it is obligatory for international students to make sure that studying and living in Germany is financially safe for the two years of your stay. Therefore it is secured by law that you have to create rather a blocked account during your stay with an amount of 750,00 Euro per month, or a declaration of commitment by somebody who can secure the financial necessities. Both possibilities are individually linked to the specific home country.