Better than the national trend: More enrollments at the BTU

Many more young people than in the previous year have applied to study at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) for the current winter semester 2022/23. The number of first-semester freshmen rose from 1,480 to 1,626.

In addition, there are 120 students who have started their studies in higher semesters at the BTU, as well as 100 in the orientation program College+ and in the programs Bridge to Studies and ESiSt (Successful entry for international students). With a total of well over 1,800 enrollments for the winter semester, the positive trend in the number of first-year students at the BTU continues for the second year in a row. The total number of students at the university remains stable at 6,800.

The Vice President for Studies and Teaching at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Prof. Dr. Peer Schmidt, explains: "We are extremely pleased that we were able to generate significantly more applications and increase the number of enrollments, contrary to the nationwide trend. This success confirms that we are on the right track to make the degree programs offered at BTU even more attractive. We have invested in new degree programs and addressed exciting topics that students perceive as particularly future-oriented. I am thinking in particular of the degree programs in Digital Societies, Building History and Art History and Medical Technology, as well as the new offerings in the field of artificial intelligence. In addition, we are consistently developing innovative course concepts - for example, in the Architecture and Urban Development and Urban Planning degree programs."

The BTU's master's programs are proving particularlyattractive to prospective students, including international programs such as Artificial Intelligence with 130 enrollments alone, Environmental and Ressource Management, World Heritage Studies, and Power Engineering. The BTU plays a leading role in Germany in the international study programs and attracts students from all over the world to Cottbus and Senftenberg. In the Bachelor's area, the degree programs in Social Work, Biotechnology, Architecture, Urban Development and Urban Planning and Civil Engineering are very successful. The classic courses of study at a technical university, such as computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical  engineering and Business Administration and Engineering are gaining ground again.

Of the 6,800 students at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, 40 percent come from abroad. International students from 125 countries are enrolled at BTU, with India, Iran and Ukraine being the most represented. 43 percent of international students are female. Women also account for 43 percent of the BTU's total student population.

The degree programs offered at BTU currently include 29 bachelor's degree programs, 32 master's degree programs, and four doctoral / Ph.D. programs.

Specialist contact

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Peer Schmidt
Anorganische Chemie
T +49 (0) 3573 85-827

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The BTU has established new attractive study programs in the field of artificial intelligence, among others. Photo: BTU, Sebastian Rau