Exchange Students


Information for incoming exchange students

The Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) offers degree programmes taught in English language, participates in international exchange programmes and welcomes students from institutions with whom we have bilateral agreements. On this page prospective international students can find useful information about lectures given in English language within the Department for Electrical, Electronics and Communication Engineering (EEI).

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.

In the current Academic Ranking of World Universities in Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences (Shanghai Ranking) the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nueremberg was ranked second among German universities. This is the case for all four parameters „TOP“, „FUND“, „HiCi“ und „PUB“. More information you can find here:

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 its 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.

Our study programmes like “Electrical Engineering” or “Information and Communication Technology” offer various engineering lectures given in English language which are especially suitable for exchange students and could be accompanied by intensive German language courses.

Therefore, for the application as exchange student you actually need sufficient knowledge of the German language, at least German level A2, if you want to visit lectures, which are taught in German. If you only choose lectures which are taught in English, you don´t need any knowledge of German language. If you plan to complete your entire degree at FAU you might need a German language certificate (please refer to this page: For studying as an exchange student at FAU you have to apply at the Central Office for International Affairs. Further information may be found here :

The following courses are given in English language. Detailed information you can find in the module catalogue.

Course Semester ECTS Chair
Information Theory  WS  5 LIT
MIMO Communication Systems  SS  5 IDC
Speech and Audio Signal Processing  SS  5 LMS
Image and Video Compression   SS  5 LMS
Fundamentals of Mobile Communications   WS  5 IDC
Transmission and Detection for Advanced Mobile Communications   SS  2,5 IDC
Optical Lithography: Technology, Physical Effects and Modelling   WS  2,5 LEB
Convex Optimization in Communciations and Signal Processing   WS  5 IDC
Visual Computing for Communication  WS  5 LMS
Multidimensional Signals and Systems   WS  5 LMS
Speech Enhancement   WS  2,5 AudioLabs
Music Processing - Synthesis   WS  2,5 AudioLabs
Music Processing - Analysis   WS  2,5 AudioLabs
Audio Processing Seminar   WS/SS  2,5 AudioLabs
Audio Processing Laboratory   WS/SS  2,5 AudioLabs
Medical Electronics   SS  5 LTE
Auditory Models  SS  2,5 AudioLabs
Speech Coding  SS  2,5 AudioLabs
Selected Topics in Perceptual Audio Coding   SS  2,5 AudioLabs
Digital Communications   WS  5 IDC
Digital Signal Processing   WS  5 LMS
Statistical Signal Processing   SS  5 LMS
Advanced Topics in Information Theory   SS  2,5 LIT
Radio Resource Allocation in Advanced Cellular Networks   SS  2,5 IDC
Equalization and Adaptive Systems for Digital Communications   WS  2,5 IDC
Advanced Topics in Perceptual Audio Coding   WS  2,5 AudioLabs
Architectures of Digital Signal Processing   WS  5 LTE
Signal Analysis   SS  2,5 LMS
Advanced Optical Communication Systems  WS  5 LHFT
Optical Communication Networks   SS  2,5 LHFT
Systems and Circuits for Transmission Technologies   SS  5 LTE
RF and Digital Architecture of Radio Systems   SS  2,5 LTE
Linear and Nonlinear Fiber Optics   SS  5 LHFT