Incoming Exchange Students

Come and study at FAU! (Copyright: FAU/ Thiessen)
Come and study at FAU! (Copyright: FAU/ Thiessen)

The Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) offers degree programmes taught in English, participates in international exchange programmes, and welcomes students from institutions with whom we have bilateral agreements.

On this page, prospective international students may find useful information about lectures in English that are offered within the Department for Electrical, Electronics and Communication Engineering (EEI).

Why FAU?

Welcome @FAU! (Bild: TF FAU | FATHER&SUN)
Welcome @FAU! (Bild: TF FAU | FATHER&SUN)

The Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is one of the largest universities in Germany. With its five faculties, FAU offers an almost unique scope of subjects ranging from the Humanities to Law and Economics as well as Sciences, Medicine and Engineering. Over the last decades, the University has established its reputation as a top-ranking institution in cutting-edge research. It is firmly anchored in a close network of interdisciplinary co-operations. These include partners from industry or specialized non-university research centres. Within the Metropolitan Region Nuremberg, FAU likewise plays an important role as employer, generator of innovations, and centre for education. Due to the close connections between research and teaching, students at FAU receive a well-founded academic training in an inspiring environment. International students are supported by multiple service centres providing extensive advice.

The Faculty of Engineering (Technische Fakultät) is located in Erlangen, a city with a historic baroque centre which is located amidst splendid landscape close to the rocky hills and lovely forests of the Fränkische Schweiz. The cities of Nuremberg (a traditional centre of arts and commerce since medieval times) and Bamberg (a UNESCO world heritage town) lie about 20 km to the south and 40 km to the north, respectively. One of Erlangen’s best known and most loved attractions is the „Bergkirchweih“, a beer festival in spring, which attracts around 1 million visitors from near and far.

In the wider world, Erlangen is also renowned both as home to the second largest university in Bavaria and as one of the three headquarters of Siemens AG which both contribute substantially to the high living standard in and around the city. With their broad range of additional privately and publicly funded research facilities and many start-up high-tech companies, Erlangen and its surroundings have developed into an important European R&D centre in several future-oriented areas of engineering, including medical systems, microelectronics, audio, multimedia and communications.

General information

All necessary information on how to plan your stay at FAU (be it for one or two semester or a whole study program) can be found on the following homepage: We highly recommend visiting it!

If you plan to complete your entire degree at FAU, you might need a German language certificate (please refer to this page:

For those who already have decided that they’d like to stay for one or two semester, please visit this page:


The wondrous ways of German student life

Studying at FAU also means getting to know everyday life in Germany as well as German and Franconian culture. Which questions will I be expected to answer in which government office? What’s the best way to get from the lecture hall to my sports class? And in which café am I most likely to find fellow students?

All these questions are easier to answer if you have experienced students on hand who can offer you advice and share their knowledge of the area. The Central Office for International Affairs (RIA) offers a wide range of support for international students.

We highly recommend visiting the following pages:

Department of Electrical Engineering


List of recommended courses held in English

Our study programmes like “Electrical-Electronic-Communication Engineering” or “Information and Communication Technology” offer various engineering lectures delivered in English which are especially suitable for exchange students and could be accompanied by intensive German language courses. However, please note that various lectures will be only held in German, wherefore we recommend having knowledge of German language before visiting FAU!


The following courses are held in English. Detailed information may be found in the module catalogue. Some courses can be taken by both Bachelor and Master students, which are marked with „B+M“ in the right column, courses for Master are marked with „M“.

Course Semester ECTS Chair Bachelor (B)/
Information Theory and Coding WS 5 LIT B/M
MIMO Communication Systems SS 5 IDC B/M
Speech and Audio Signal Processing SS 5 LMS B/M
Image and Video Compression SS 5 LMS B/M
Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing WS
Fundamentals of Mobile Communications SS 5 IDC B/M
Transmission and Detection for Advanced Mobile Communications SS 2,5 IDC M
Optical Lithography: Technology, Physical Effects and Modelling WS 2,5 LEB M
Convex Optimization in Communciations and Signal Processing WS 5 IDC M
Multidimensional Signals and Systems WS 5 LMS M
Speech Enhancement WS 2,5 AudioLabs M
Music Processing – Synthesis WS 2,5 AudioLabs M
Music Processing – Analysis WS 2,5 AudioLabs M
Audio Processing Seminar WS/SS 2,5 AudioLabs M
Audio Processing Laboratory WS/SS 2,5 AudioLabs M
Medical Electronics SS 5 LTE B/M
Auditory Models SS 2,5 AudioLabs M
Speech Coding SS 2,5 AudioLabs M
Selected Topics in Perceptual Audio Coding SS 2,5 AudioLabs M
Digital Communications WS 5 IDC B/M
Digital Signal Processing WS 5 LMS B/M
Statistical Signal Processing WS 5 LMS B/M
Machine Learning in Signal Processing WS 5 LMS B/M
Equalization and Adaptive Systems for Digital Communications WS 2,5 IDC M
Advanced Topics in Perceptual Audio Coding WS 2,5 AudioLabs M
Architectures of Digital Signal Processing WS 5 LTE M
Signal Analysis SS 2,5 LMS M
Advanced Optical Communication Systems WS 5 LHFT M
Systems and Circuits for Transmission Technologies SS 5 LTE
RF and Digital Architecture of Radio Systems SS 2,5 LTE M
Radar, RFID and Wireless Sensor Systems SS 5 LHFT B/M
Linear and Non-linear Fiber Optics SS 5 LHFT M
Power Electronics in Three-Phase AC Networks WS 5 EES B/M
Transmission System Operations and Control (TSOC) SS 5 EES B/M
Mechatronic Components and Systems SS 5 ASM B/M
Autonomous Systems: From Research to Products
WS 2.5 ASM M
Robot mechanisms and user interfaces
Human-centered mechatronics and robotics
Virtual Vision WS 5 LMS B/M

Erasmus-coordination and study service center

The Erasmus-coordinator of our Department of Electrical Engineering:

Dr.-Ing. Christian Carlowitz
Lehrstuhl für Hochfrequenztechnik
Cauerstraße 9, Raum 05.235
91058 Erlangen
Tel.: 09131 / 8520772


Our study service center:
Study service center EEI
Cauerstr.7, Raum 01.035
91058 Erlangen
Tel.: 09131/8527165

Here, we can help you with finding suitable courses for your studies at FAU.