Self-driving cars, drones, smartphones - as an electrical engineer you build chips, sensors & automation technology. As a student in the Electronics and Information Technology program, you study THE key technologies that define the 4.0 industrial revolution .
How do you build drones and electronic medical devices? How do you make technology and artificial intelligence fit into the smallest of spaces? How does software and hardware work together?
The Bachelor's degree program in Electronics and Information Technology (ELIT) focuses on learning how the smallest electronic devices are built, how they are networked, how they communicate, and how they process their data. You will learn how to feed them with artificial intelligence and integrate them into larger systems.
Chips, sensors, electrical circuits are your playground and you get to build them, get them to work and transmit the data. You will design new systems and solve the problems we encounter every day when it comes to our smartphones, laptops, cars, etc. in places such as at hospitals and at industry 4.0 companies. Electronics and Information Technology is what creates the basis to evaluate data, initially making everything our modern world possible.
The program is based on broad foundations of principles in engineering and natural sciences: Electrical engineering, computer science, physics, and mathematics.
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
German (Level B2)
Did You Know?
It's pretty safe to say that you can receive messages on your smartphone with the help of a chip developed in Linz. JKU spin-off companies developed these globally used chips. Vehicle radar distance sensors were also made in Linz and currently have a world market share of approximately 50%.
The Bachelor's degree program in Electronics and Information Technology consists of the following areas:
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.
You will receive solid, well-grounded education in mathematics, electrical engineering and computer science as well as in hardware and software design:
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Solid, base-knowledge education is a main part of the Bachelor’s degree program ELIT. These foundations serve as a base for later scientific work and engineering activities. Graduates have:
ELIT allows you to specialize in many areas including chip development, communications engineering, sensor technology, control engineering, signal and information processing, and artificial intelligence. Students in the Master's degree program will then be able to focus more intensively on a preferred area of expertise. At this point, you will then also independently conduct your initial research work.
As an engineer in Electronics and Information Technology, you can pursue a career in electronics or in the automotive industry as well as in medical technology or in communications. Your main skills include developing, producing and marketing components as well as systems and software. Here are a few concrete examples:
ELIT GRADUATES ARE IN HIGH DEMAND!
Outstanding research and education in Linz means the JKU continues to attract the attention of internationally active high-tech companies.
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In order to be admitted to the Bachelor's degree program, you must fulfill the following requirements.
The most important thing is to be interested in the field. A good engineer must also, of course, master his or her field well, but there is more to it: After graduation, our students work professionally as part of a team. In this regard, it is very important to be able to present solutions to various problems and learn how to be a team player.
Do you sometimes look at your smartphone and wonder how you get information from the internet on your phone? Do you look at your laptop or PC and wonder how all of the computer chips are made? Do you want to understand and help develop these kinds of chips? The most important thing is to have a sense of curiosity and to want to understand the technical basics behind all sorts of things we use in our everyday lives.
If you want to be absolutely sure you’re choosing the right major, you can also take part in the JKU Young Scientists Program for Electronics and Information Technology, opens an external URL in a new window, Upper Austria's most comprehensive support program for gifted school students. You can start the JKU ‘Young Scientists’ programs as an upper level AHS or BHS student and learn more about this field. In your spare time, you can attend workshops at the JKU focusing on electronics and information technology. This gives you initial contact with professors and a taste of campus life.
ELIT focuses on smaller circuits as well as smaller voltages and currents.
Electrical engineering focuses on, among other things, large voltages and currents (such as those found in large electric motors; in power transmissions, etc).
Mechatronics ("Mechanics and Electronics") focuses on large, modern engineering systems made of mechanical, electrical and electronic parts and controlled by software (such as modern cars, household appliances, and robots). Core disciplines include mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer sciences.
At the university, you will generally learn how to apply scientific principles and existing technologies as well as advance them further. You learn how to work in a scholarly way, how to conduct research, and how to break new ground. This makes you more flexible and allows you to quench your thirst for research to the fullest.
Oftentimes it can happen that in addition to studying, students begin working at a company or even at the university. In this case, however, these tend to be part-time jobs (only a few hours a week) rather than full-time jobs.
The JKU offers preparation courses, opens an external URL in a new window for this academic degree program. Material from higher-level schools is reviewed in a condensed format, designed to help you prepare for introductory, university-level courses. These courses are for newly enrolled students. Attendance is optional.
In addition, new students can take part in a mentoring program, opens an external URL in a new window. Professors and other JKU faculty members meet in small groups with newly enrolled students provide tips and advice about studying in the program.
After completing your undergraduate degree, you can continue your education by pursuing an advanced degree:
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