Information for 1st semester students


We are happy to welcome you as a new student in our Master's programme Artificial Intelligence.

Here you will find information that will help you to start your studies as smoothly as possible.


Welcome Event for 1st semester students

The welcome event for 1st semester students will take place on 15 March 2023 at SHL Campus.
Room: H.1.3

Preliminary programme:

10:00 - 10:15:
Welcoming by the dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems

10:15 - 11:30:
Important information concerning the study programme and the modules

11:30 - 12:00:
Information on German courses (Campus for Language Proficiency)

12:00 - 13:30:
SHL Campus Rally

  1. General Introduction to MAI Study Programme (by Prof. Dr. Frank-Michael Schleif)
  2. Language Courses - German Courses (by Campus for Language Proficiency)

Applicants with at least 180 ECTS credits, but less than 210 ECTS credits may be admitted to the degree programme on a provisional basis. The missing qualification must be made up by completing certain relevant modules from undergraduate programmes of THWS or equivalent modules in the first year of studies.

The modules that need to be completed must be closely coordinated with the examination board!
Usually you receive an email from the examination board with recommended courses.

MAI Extra Modules in summer semester 2023

In order to make up some of the missing ECTS (we suggest 15 ECTS per semester) in the summer semester 2023, we recommend taking Bachelor courses from Monday to Wednesday, as this is most compatible with the MAI timetable.

Some details concerning the MAI timetable:

  • "Reasoning and Descision Making under Uncertainty” from Prof. Deinzer (Monday, 10:00-13:15) can also be taken in the third semester.
  • "Design and Analysis of Learning Problems” from Dr Goessmann (Monday, 17:00-18:30) is recommended only for 3rd semester MAI students
  • "Cloud Native” from Dr Gerhards (Wednesday, 15:15-16:45) is an elective module that will probably be offered again in the third semester.
  • The Scientific Seminar by Ms Usbeck-Frei (Tuesday, 09:15-12:30) can also either be taken in the 2nd semester or partially replaced by a VHB event.
  • The slot for the project module is only a place holder and is flexible within the week.

The full MAI time table can be found here.

We have divided the additional ECTS into three major areas (maths, programming, electives).  
You should already have received an email from our PK with the respective course recommendations for you.

1. Math

A) Bachelor's degree Mechatronics (IMC2), lectures in Schweinfurt

B) IEM – Introduction to Engineering Mathematics offered by VHB.
Page 69 - This module is virtual, so can be taken flexible during the week. The exam will be written here in Wuerzburg at the University of Wuerzburg Campus, next to the THWS Computer Science Faculty

2. Programming

3. Electives

  • Introduction to Compuer Vision
    Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Pascal Meißner
    Sat, 10:00 - 11:30, Lectures in Würzburg (CAIRO, K0.11)
    Module start: 25.03.23

  • Data-Science mit R
    Lecturer: Prof. Achim Wuebker (achim.wuebker[at]
    Thu, 15:15 - 18:30, Lectures in Würzburg (SHL, H.1.7)

  • Safe Programming in Rust
    Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Daniel Kulesz and Prof. Dr. Sebastian Biedermann
    Mon, 15:15-16:45 and Thu, 11:45-13:15
    Lectures in Würzburg (SHL) or hybrid (Zoom link on request)

  • Linux/UNIX Fundamentals
    Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Danie Kulesz
    Thu, 08:15-11_30
    Lectures in Würzburg (SHL) or hybrid (Zoom link on request)

  • Advanced Web Applications (ITW)
    Lecturer: Dr. Mo Rezai
    22.05.-26.05.2023, Lectures in Würzburg (SHL)

  • Principles of Autonomous Drones (ITW)
    Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Marcel Kyas
    22.05.-26.05.2023, Lectures in Würzburg (SHL)

Please register yourself for the courses - the easiest way is to be there at the first date.
It is your responsibility to take the required (in general 30) ECTS within 1 year. Please make sure
(by asking the lecturer) that you are allowed to take the course (should be the case) and make also sure
that you are registered for the exam in the course.




Pre-course Math

  • Date: 15 February - 14 March 2023
  • Type: Online / Self-teaching

  • Information:
    Link to Moodle-Course

    This course is supposed to be mainly a refresher on the mathematical topics you will need to know.
    It serves the secondary purpose of allowing you to find and resolve gaps in your knowledge via guided self-instruction.
    Because it is more of a refresher, it covers a very broad range of topics.

    To participate in the course, you need your THWS access data (see FAQ)

Pre-course Python

  • Date: 15 February - 14 March 2023
  • Type: Online / Self-teaching

  • Information:
    Link to Moodle-Course

    This course is a quick overview on problem oriented python programing.
    The course is not a replacement for a full education in programing and expects that you are already familiar with an object oriented programing language.

    In general, the participants of this course will:
    Learn and understand how to setup a scripting environment for developing prototypical ML applications. Recap the basics of programming with Python.
    Work with common ML and AI packages for Python.

  • Note:
    To participate in the course, you need your THWS access data (see FAQ)

General Information

Face-to-face teaching

We would like to point out that this is a face-to-face study programme (not online)!
The lecture period begins as usual on 15 March 2023.

We kindly ask you to enrol for the Master's programme Artificial Intelligence only if you can guarantee to be in Würzburg, Germany (i.e. on site) by 14 March 2023 at the latest.

In case of a later arrival, you will not be able to start the study programme.

Find an accomodation

Student Dorms

Private Accomodation

In Würzburg, there are eleven student residences operated by the Studentenwerk. As a THWS student you can apply for one such room. Keep in mind that there is only a limited number of rooms available, which means that you should meet the deadline and apply as early as possible.

Depending on the residence, you can choose between single apartments and rooms in shared apartments. In general, the residences are within walking distance to campus. You can find information on the furnishing and the location of the places in the overview on the website of the Studentenwerk.

In addition to the Studentenwerk, other organisations such as 522 Apartunities also offer student residences. The Studentenwerk has compiled an overview of other student accommodations.

You can also look for accommodation on your own. However, the housing market in Würzburg is very competitive, so it might be a good idea to start looking for an apartment early, preferably from home. To help you with looking for a new place to stay, we have selected a few helpful websites:

Facebook group: FHWS - Internationale Studierende Würzburg

One more thing to keep in mind when looking for a place: In Germany, rooms are usually rented unfurnished. So, unless the advertisement explicitly states that the room is furnished, you will need to bring all necessary furniture and appliances yourself. Usually, there are a lot of students who go abroad or leave for an internship in a different city and therefore temporarily let their rooms in Würzburg. You can often find such ads on Facebook or on the pages mentioned above.