Bachelor's Degree in Artificial Intelligence.

Autonomous vehicles, healthcare robots, intelligent household appliances, autonomous irrigation and fertilizer systems, smart digital assistants: Artificial Intelligence is finding its way into our everyday lives. Be at the forefront to help shape the great digital revolution.

Experts say that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be more groundbreaking than electricity. Those who are one step ahead can play a key role in shaping our future. The new Bachelor's degree program in Artificial Intelligence (AI) provides you with an ideal start. You control just how and what machines learn. You develop the learning algorithms and methods needed to make intelligent decisions.

Why is the JKU the ideal place for this? Because Linz is a globally recognized hot-spot in the field of AI research. Because the JKU is the first university in Europe to offer an academic degree program in AI. Because the program is international and offered in English. But above all: Because you don't just want to experience the future, you want to actively create it.

 

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Key Facts

Degree

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration

6 Semesters

ECTS

180 Credits

Language

English (Level B2)

Location: Linz

optional with remote learning elements
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Location: Vienna

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Location Bregenz

Beginning in the Fall of 2021
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Program

Full-Time

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What Makes The JKU AI Degree Program Special

  • The Bachelor's degree program in Artificial Intelligence at the JKU makes you unique: It is among one of the first AI degree programs in Europe. There is no comparable degree program in Austria.
  • Human or machine? Clearly both. At the JKU, you will learn how Artificial Intelligence can serve society - but also where the dangers lie.
  • Your base-knowledge education in mathematics and computer science is balanced, but you will also become an expert in specific AI fields, including machine learning, knowledge representation, and language processing.

Program Structure for the Bachelor's Degree Program in Artificial Intelligence

The Bachelor's degree program in Artificial Intelligence consists of the following areas:

Darstellung der Fächer im Bachelor Artificial Intelligence

Studies Introduction and Orientation Phase (StEOP)

New students will be required to complete the StEOP requirements at the beginning of the Bachelor's degree program. The StEOP requirements consist of certain courses that are outlined in the curriculum. Before completing the StEOP courses, you can only get limited academic credit when you take additional courses.

Program Details

If you would like to learn more about the Bachelor's degree program in Artificial Intelligence, we strongly recommend taking a look at the curriculum. In addition, we have separately summarized a few details for you.

Core Subject Areas in the AI Bachelor's Degree Program

The curriculum has been designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding and education in computer sciences, mathematics, and core fields in Artificial Intelligence:

  • Computer Science: Learn Python programming as well as a core, base-knowledge understanding of algorithms and data structures.

  • Mathematics: Learn core mathematics important for understanding AI.

  • The Fundamentals of AI and Applied Approaches: Courses and internships are hands-on, focusing on core skills and the ability to address real-world problems.
  • AI and Society: How smart can machines be and how can they be a part of our everyday lives? You will focus on just how important AI is for our society and how smart machines interact with people.
  • Data Science: Get information using mathematical, statistical and computer science techniques. Learn all about speech processing and signal processing.
  • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning: How can knowledge be transferred to a machine in such a way that allows it to draw conclusions or solve problems?

  • Machine Learning and Perception: How can machines learn from information input and experiences to address future tasks? How do machines perceive their environment and learn to understand it? Can machines learn more than humans?

What You Will Learn in AI at the JKU

You will learn how to approach complex tasks in a structured way and methodically in order to systematically solve problems.

  • Teamwork is the key: You and your classmates will not only work together to develop useful, modern solutions, but also present your concepts and findings together.
  • Jump in with both feet! We will give you the skills and tools you need to solve problems you encounter in your future professional career.
  • AI experts like you are highly sought after by industrial companies and businesses! Graduates are in high demand and can find jobs quickly.
  • If you want to advance your skills, the Master's degree program builds on material taught in Bachelor's degree program.

Did you know that ...

Artificial Intelligence has already exceeded human performance in areas such as detecting breast cancer, lip-reading, and speech recognition.

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Career Prospects

Graduates of the Bachelor's degree program possess a broad range of high-level skills and expertise and are highly sought after in business and industry:

  • Information Technology: Austria currently needs over 10,000 IT specialists, particularly AI experts.
  • Manufacturing and Supply Chains: As a specialist and manager, you can develop AI systems to control the flow of goods. As an analyst you can use AI methods to extract corresponding relationships and new information from available data: Where are the weak links in the supply chain? Which sections can be improved and how?
  • Medicine and Healthcare: Use AI methods to improve diagnostic processes
  • Transportation: Use AI methods to help design and develop autonomous vehicles
„AI will forever change our society. Our students become experts, learning how to transform and shape the future.“
Univ. Prof. Dr. Sepp Hochreiter

Admission to Enroll

Requirements

In order to be admitted to the Bachelor's degree program, you must fulfill the following requirements.

  • Hold general higher education entrance qualifications (such as an Austrian "Matura" diploma)
  • If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit proof of B2 level of language proficiency in English.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Whereas the computer science program covers the breadth of computer sciences, students in the "Artificial Intelligence" program specialize in certain areas and learn to develop algorithms and systems designed to teach machines cognitive abilities that compare to - or even surpass - human intelligence. This includes - but is not limited to - machine sensing, learning, reasoning, scheduling, speech recognition, and automated decision making.

In addition to software development, the degree program in Computer Science focuses on the fundamentals of and methods in hardware, theory, and applications, including subject areas in machine learning, the Internet of Things, networks and security, model checking, cryptography, computer graphics, multimedia, operating systems, databases and information systems. The undergraduate degree program in Computer Science is held in German and provides a base-knowledge understanding to lay foundations. The English-language Master's degree program in Computer Sciences provides students with an opportunity to specialize in one of six main areas (computational engineering, data science, intelligent information systems, networks and security, pervasive computing, software engineering).

The AI degree program focuses initially on basic principles including programming, mathematics, statistics and logic followed by machine learning, data sciences, reasoning and speech processing. Whereas the undergraduate degree program focuses on basic AI components, students in the graduate degree program explore modern AI methods more in depth, combining deep learning, recurrent networks, and reinforcement learning. The Master's degree program also includes an elective track that gives students an opportunity to specialize in applied areas such as mechatronic systems, knowledge-based systems, and life sciences. The language of instruction for both the Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in AI is English.

The AI program is an academic degree program offered on-site at the JKU Linz. However, a section of the degree program can be completed online. In concrete terms, this means:

  • In general, the required courses take place at the JKU Linz for those who wish to attend class on-site.
  • The courses are generally offered as a livestream or as a video conference; the recordings are then made available online via the Moodle learning platform.
  • If a course requires mandatory attendance, such as tutorials for example, there will be a minimum of one group that can take part online.
  • Written examinations that must be taken on-site and in-person will be held simultaneously at the JKU Linz as well as at our centers for Distance Learning in Vienna and Bregenz.

Click here to learn more and see an overview of courses (available in English).

Begin by registering to enroll and end by paying any required tuition fees and the mandatory Austrian Student Union fee. Click here, opens an external URL in a new window for detailed information about your initial steps to enroll in AI!

The JKU offers preparation courses to help you prepare for your studies. This is an opportunity to review content from higher-level schools in a more condensed format and prepare for your first set of required classes. Attendance is optional.

In addition, you can take part in a mentoring program offered at the start of your studies in which JKU faculty members meet with newly enrolled students in small groups and also provide more information about the program.

In order to be admitted to the program, you will have to come to the JKU at least once to complete the admissions process in person (current information regarding enrollment during the Coronavirus pandemic is available here). Course instructors will hold classes at lecture halls at the JKU. The Distance Learning Centers in Vienna and Bregenz will broadcast the classes via video conference or livestream.

You can also take most of the examinations online. There are only a few cases in which written examinations are held simultaneously in Linz, Vienna and Bregenz.

No. You will be required to come to Linz to complete the admissions process and some of the courses and examinations will require being on-site in Linz, Vienna, or Bregenz. Click here information regarding enrollment during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Still Have Questions?

Do you need help registering or do you have questions about the program? Contact the JKU's Office of Student Information and Academic Advising (SIBS)!

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