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 contributing to the way our future lives will be shaped. The new Bachelor's degree program in Artificial Intelligence (AI) provides you with an ideal start to this mission. You control how and what machines learn. You develop the learning algorithms and methods needed for making intelligent decisions.

Why is the JKU perfect for this? Because Linz is a globally recognized hot-spot in AI research. Because this is Europe's first academic degree program for 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.

Key Facts


Bachelor of Science (BSc)


6 Semesters


180 Credits


English (Level B2)

Location: Linz

optional with remote learning elements
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Location: Vienna

Optional, with remote learning elements
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Location Bregenz

Beginning in the Fall of 2021
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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 consists 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 in-depth knowledge and education in computer sciences, mathematics, and core fields in Artificial Intelligence:

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

  • Mathematics: Learn core mathematics relevant to AI.

  • AI Basics and Practical Work: Courses and practicums are hands-on, focusing on core skills and abilities to address real-world problems.
  • AI and Society: How smart can machines be and how can we use them in 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 methodically and in a structured way 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 parts 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


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

How is the AI Program different from the Computer Science Program?

Whereas the academic degree program in Computer Science covers a broad spectrum of subject areas in computer sciences, the "Artificial Intelligence" program lets you specialize in certain areas. Learn how to develop algorithms and systems to teach machines cognitive abilities that can 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 and methods in the areas of hardware, theory, and applications. This includes subject areas such as Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Networks and Security, Model Checking, Cryptography, Computer Graphics, Multimedia, Operating Systems, Databases and Information Systems. The German-language undergraduate degree program in Computer Science provides base-knowledge to lay the foundations. The English-language Master's degree program gives students 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 provides instruction in the basic components of AI, students in the graduate degree program explore modern AI methods in depth that combine deep learning, recurrent networks, and reinforcement learning. The Master's degree program also includes an elective track allowing students to specialize in applied areas such as mechatronic systems, knowledge-based systems, and life sciences. Both the Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in AI are taught in English.

How does "Remote Learning" work?

The AI program is offered at the JKU's satellite campus in Vienna, opens an external URL in a new window (German only) and at the JKU's satellite campus in Bregenz, opens an external URL in a new window (German only) in the form of a live stream or as a video conference.
Faculty members hold the courses in classrooms at the JKU campus.

Video recordings of the class sessions will be made available online via the Moodle learning platform.
Examinations will be taken largely on-site in Linz or in Vienna & Bregenz.

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How do I start my studies at the JKU? How can I complete my studies in Vienna & Bregenz?

You will have to come to the JKU campus at least once in order to complete the admissions process in person (click here for detailed information about enrolling in the program).
Courses held by faculty members at the JKU campus will either be streamed live or shown via video conference at the JKU's satellite campus in Vienna (German only) and Bregenz (German only).
There are only a few examinations that will be given on-site in Linz, Vienna and Bregenz as most of the examinations will take place online (at the moment, examinations are currently online only).

Can I complete the AI Program from abroad via Remote Learning?

No. You will have to come to Linz at least once in order to complete the admissions procedure in person and therefore officially enroll at the university. Some courses will require being in the classroom, either in Linz, Vienna, or Bregenz.
In addition, you will have to take some of the examinations in person in Linz, Vienna, or Bregenz. Click here for updated information in regard to enrollment. At the moment, all examinations are currently online only.

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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