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The bachelor program has relatively high admission requirements (in the last years, a grade average of 1.7-1.8 was required, though this changes every year). Also, math and English grades averaging 9 points (Grundkurs) / 7 points (Leistungskurs) throughout the last two years of high school are required (English grades only required for non-native speakers; all grades in German system, equivalent grades from other countries will be accepted).

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What is Cognitive Science?

Cognitive Science is unique blend of different disciplines that revolve around the central theme of how humans perceive and think. Using mathematical models, we try to bring research results from neuroscience, psychology and linguistics to modern computers, Artificial Intelligence and robotics. Philosophy of Mind completes this holistic approach towards understanding cognition.

The University of Osnabrück in Germany offers Bachelor, Master and PhD programmes in Cognitive Science. Being an international degree programmes, the language of instruction is predominantly English. Furthermore, the Bachelor degree includes a semester abroad in the fifth semester.

Sound interesting? Give it a try!

The CogSci Schnupperstudium (study taster) is meant for everybody who considers studying Cognitive Science in Osnabrück; specifically

  • High school graduates, Abiturienten and students in their last year of high school / abitur
  • Students of other disciplines who consider changing to Cognitive Science
  • Students of related disciplines who are interested in pursing a Master's degree in Cognitive Science

The Schnupperstudium is organised by the student body and mentoring team and offers a relaxed atmosphere to get to know the university, lectures, research topics, lecturers, fellow students and the city of Osnabrück. After three days, you will be able to make an informed decision about whether or not Cognitive Science is the right thing for you.

Participation is free of charge. To minimise your costs, other Cognitive Science students offer to accommodate you. We will have Lunch at the (award-winning) Mensa, where a full meal costs about three Euro. Breakfast and dinner will be individually organised.


You can register online. Registration deadline is May 12th 2019.

The Schedule

This schedule is exemplary:

Programme 2016

For students interested in pursuing a Master's degree we will offer tailor-made combinations of lectures and seminars to suit your individual interests.

Where can I get more information on Cognitive Science?

Watch the video about the program! Further information can be found on the Institut of Cognitive Science's website, on the website of the Fachschaft, and, if you have specific questions, by sending us an eMail: schnupperstudium@cogsci.uos.de.

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Watch our information video Video about the study programme!