- A pre-semester course (of four weeks), starting in March of each year, offers an intensive course of German for daily life (Survival German), as well as an introduction to Germany in general and life at Ulm University in particular.
- A three-semester period of courses follows.
- The final semester is reserved for the research thesis (six months duration, full time)
The curriculum distinguishes between core subjects (common to both tracks), track-specific compulsory courses, and elective courses. Electives are both scientific-technical, leading to an increased level of specialisation in certain areas, and non-technical, for example with a stronger emphasis on languages or soft skills.
The modules all contain lectures and exercises; some also use a blended approach, which additionally uses seminars and laboratory experiments.
Study abroad unit(s)
One semester of study abroad is strongly recommended for German participants in the programme at partner universities in the USA, UK, Scandinavia, France, Australia, or China.
An optional industrial internship (9 ECTS credits) can be taken as part of the programme; the third semester or the semester breaks are recommended for this.
Forms of assessment
Each module concludes with an exam, which can be written or oral, depending on the examiner's choice. Most exams are written.
The final thesis is judged based on performance during the research period, the written thesis, and an oral presentation.
Communications Technology is a strongly research-oriented programme that enables graduates to work in industrial and public research and development as well as in any other profession requiring a special insight into methods of communications engineering, micro- and millimetre-wave engineering, or micro-/optoelectronics including microfabrication.
Through its research orientation, Communications Technology also offers excellent prerequisites for continuing studies, e.g., towards a doctorate.