CODE University of Applied Sciences

Our Students

Want to know what it’s really like to study at CODE? We’ll show you!

A few facts

  • Students

    There are currently 365 students enrolled at CODE.

  • Background

    Our students represent 65 different nationalities. They come from Cambodia, Brazil, Nigeria, Italy, and Canada, just to name a few.

  • Ratio

    For every 18 students, there is one CODE professor to guarantee individual support as well as many external lecturers.

  • Student Jobs

    This year 32 of our students are working here at CODE, e.g. in Marketing, Intranet, all study programs, and Student Lifecycle.

Being able to shape the university and be part of something new was one of the main drivers for me to make the decision to study at CODE.Lennard Schmidt
#firstclass student at CODE
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CODE Stories

Our students come from all corners of the world, have different backgrounds and their path to CODE was not always straightforward. Read their stories here.

Liam Going

Liam Going, #thirdparty, Software Engineering

I’m Liam, and I’m 28 and a #thirdparty Software Engineering student here at CODE. This is my story: We’d been trained to build satellites and push the boundaries of engineering. We never learnt how to make anything less complicated. 600 would-be mechanical engineers started, and only 180 of us made it to the final semester. Having spent five years studying 60-70 hours a week, I’d learnt to enjoy what I was doing as a necessity. I’d been transformed into a capable mathematician and engineer, yet felt less empowered than before. I walked away. Everyone thinks it’s because I failed an exam. You are worth so much more than just your productivity. I’m at CODE because when I want to build something nonsensical and ridiculous, this community will not only support and empower me to do so but pitch in and come up with ideas on how to make it even more absurd. These are the people I want to surround myself with, in my next phase of the study. These are the people I can learn so much from. I’ll never build anything that’ll make it to Mars, but any household appliances I design could probably survive atmospheric re-entry. Come talk to me if everyone thinks your idea is weird.

Lennard Schmidt CODE University

Lennard Schmidt, #firstclass, Product Management

Hello! My name is Lennard and I was one of the first 88 students at CODE. Since the start at CODE, we as students have had a significant influence on what CODE will look like in the future.

A place like CODE attracts an interesting mix of people, people who are crazy enough to study at a university that has no graduates yet to represent it. My fellow students come from a variety of backgrounds — from former cooks to psychologists. Against the background of these different CVs, we not only learn from CODE teachers, but a large part of our knowledge comes from our fellow students.

Behnaz Derakhshani, #nextgen, Software Engineering

Hi, my name is Behnaz and I’m originally from Iran. If you had asked me 2 years ago when I came to Berlin to get my Master’s Degree in International Business if I would continue my studies after I finished that degree, I would have answered you with a big laugh and a ‘NO! Am I crazy?’ During my internship at Zalando I became really inspired by the company’s tech-driven spirit and decided to write my Master’s thesis about a digital product in trade finance together with the company. After graduating I searched for several programming courses but none of them caught my attention until one day I saw an interview with Zalando’s innovation manager about CODE. The innovative study programs and the values that CODE teaches us really sparked my interest and I am more than happy that I could join this community.

Irakli Goderdzishvili, #nextgen, Interaction Design

Hi, I’m Irakli. The search for the right studies was really hard for me in the last school year. I had discovered my love for graphics and web design years earlier, but I had difficulty finding a university that would prepare me well for a career in that field. It was clear that there were no universities in Georgia where I could really improve my UI/UX design skills, so I started looking for a Bachelor’s degree abroad.

I searched dozens of programs in several countries, but couldn’t find the right solution. None of the universities seemed to have the right balance between design and technology that I was looking for.

One day my mother told me about a private university in Berlin that had just opened, specializing in exactly those areas that interested me, all of which were taught in English.

I looked at the Interaction Design course, which seemed to be exactly the design Bachelor’s I was looking for, and immediately registered for an application.

Fran Khayat, #nextgen, Product Management

Hello, I’m Fran, 26 years old, I’m from Yemen and since September 2018 I’m a #nextgen product management student at CODE!

My background story is quickly told: I studied graphic design at my previous university – a relatively new study program – but dropped out because of the outdated education system.

For me, CODE is still the only university of applied sciences that implements its studies according to today’s requirements and bases its educational system on curiosity! One of the things that fascinates me the most is the STS program: a series of lectures that allows us to unleash our inner philosopher and question what is actually doubtless.

The first lesson I learned on the day I enrolled at CODE was to never doubt yourself and to always be alert to what’s going on around you.

Chalida Asawakanjanakit, #nextgen, Interaction Design

Hi lovely people, I’m Chalida from Bangkok, and I’m studying Interaction Design at CODE. I asked myself ‘If I had a year of my life to live, how would I use it?’ And this is why I decided to study abroad.
Berlin is a cool city where I got attracted by the art scene. I googled for Interaction design in Berlin and was impressed by the “Curiosity-Driven Education” concept at CODE because everyone is special in their own way. I continue to study because I’m very curious about learning and knowing as much as I can – a certificate or good grades are not essential to me. I believe in myself and my ability to succeed and I also believe that CODE and this community can support my learning experiences.
I’m glad to be a part of this warm community at CODE. I love working in a productive atmosphere, we have a cool community space and the people here are very caring and kind to me. It’s hard to tell you exactly what it’s like to be at CODE, you have to come and experience by yourself to find out.

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Noemia McCarthy, #nextgen, Software Engineering

Hey, I’m Mia from South Africa, and I was pretty lost before I found CODE. After attending two different universities where I studied politics, journalism and later advertising – I was never completely satisfied with my studies and was always unsure what exactly I would do with one of the two degrees.

When I discovered CODE, a place that would give me the opportunity to explore my interests and grow in a progressive and alternative way – everything felt like a dream. It still does.

I applied for Product Management because software engineering and interaction design were completely alien to me. But since CODE is such a great university where everyone has the opportunity to experience every discipline, my experience so far has changed my path, and I’m super excited to study software engineering.

I love that CODE has given me the opportunity to jump out of the rigid box of the educational system.

Moritz Gnann, #firstclass, Interaction Design

Hi, I’m Moritz. I study Interaction Design at CODE, but I also attend courses in Product Management.

In 2017, I applied to CODE for Product Management because I have a more business-oriented background, so that program seemed to be the obvious choice.

However, after the orientation semester (the first semester at CODE) I noticed that I could benefit from focusing more on Interaction Design. It is very important for me to be surrounded by like-minded people and here at CODE I feel very inspired and challenged.

Now I have time to learn things that are important to me and work with wonderful professors.

If you have any questions, feel free to write me on LinkedIn:

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Kevin Gao, #nextgen, Software Engineering

My name is Kevin and I am a 24-year-old student from China. I was studying Business and Finance in Norway. Towards the end of my Bachelor’s degree program, my interests in finance declined, and I was becoming increasingly passionate about programming. It was clear to me that it’s difficult for one to succeed without passion; thus, I elected to pursue a degree in Software Engineering instead. A Master’s degree in Software Engineering was unlikely to be an option for me since I had no prior experiences in this field, but luckily, I happened to find CODE. CODE’s unique approach to learning quickly attracted me, and I was genuinely inspired by the competency and motivation of the young talents whom I attended the Admission Day with. For me, CODE is a community where people from different parts of the world unite with a shared vision, and it‘s a place where students are given the tools and guidance to achieve their goals.

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Our students’ projects

The core of our program is our real-life projects. Our students will tell you what these projects can look like.

Projects are the core of studies at CODE. These are submitted by our partner companies, as well as teachers and students, at the beginning of each semester. During the standard period of study you will work on up to 10 different real-life projects, which can come from very different areas.

ANYVR Core project at CODE University of Applied Sciences


This core-semester project wants to create a virtual reality experience that unifies remote working teams around the world in an immersive environment to collaborate on projects, increase creativity, scale innovation and deliver better products. The future of work is anywhere.

Green Campus project at CODE University of Applied Sciences

Urban Farm

The Urban Farm project is one of the projects within the STS Green Campus. Urban Farm’s goal is to produce fresh and healthy greens like lettuce and herbs, right here on campus. They use a technique called hydroponics that does not use any soil. Some of the benefits —compared to traditional farming—are faster growth, less water usage, and the capacity to feed a lot more people on the planet.

Art (e)Motion project at CODE University of Applied Sciences


Art(e)motion is a project from the core semester. It is an immersive installation for users to interact with. A digital animation is projected onto a physical surface. Depending on where the user presses on the projection surface, both the sound and the sequence of the animation are manipulated and fit together as part of the overall installation. To get the desired outcome, the team connected an Xbox Kinect with Processing and Ableton Live.

CODE Students present their Projects. CODE University of Applied Sciences


Ocelot is a core-semester project as well, developed by a team of #firstclass students. This project involved the development of an iOS application aimed at making the lives of GraphQL API developers easier. It allows users to enter queries and immediately see the resulting JSON. Additionally, they can look through the API’s documentation. Ocelot is completely open-source so that everyone interested can read, use, and extend the code. The Ocelot team has set itself the goal to create an easily scalable, well-written application.

CODE Students present their Projects. CODE University of Applied Sciences

Between The Lines

Between The Lines is a non-profit organization that helps teenagers in difficult life situations. In the last semester, a team of CODE students developed an app for Between the Lines, which provides teenagers in need with individual information and shows regional and national help institutions, contact and advice centres. “The problem is that many teenagers don’t know who to talk to or where to find help. That’s why we make this information available to them in the app,” explains CODE student Nick Wüsthoff.

CODE Students present their Projects. CODE University of Applied Sciences


AVA is a project that was created during the orientation semester by #nextgen students. AVA is a web app built with Svelte to make cooking easier for users. Using a google API voice function, AVA reads out recipes aloud, so that cooks don’t have to touch their cookbook or mobile device with their (mostly dirty) hands while preparing food.

Artify project at CODE University of Applied Sciences


Artify is a project from the orientation semester and was created in only four weeks. The #nextgen team created an algorithm that reproduces the music you listen to on Spotify in an artistic and visual way. Artify transforms personal Spotify playlists into an individual work of art over a long period of time. Depending on the tempo of the songs or the pitch, the color and frequency of the elements depicted also change. You can see an example of the art in the picture!

Factory Royale project at CODE University of Applied Sciences


Factory Royale is a 4-player battle royale platform where each contestant must fight for money to fund their startup! Created by 6 people in less than 3 weeks, Factory Royale features 4 playable stages, 6 weapons and a whole lot of fun. Made for the web, it’s written in pure JavaScript. Come along and see if you have what it takes to fund your startup with this whimsical game!

BeeR2D2 project at CODE University of Applied Sciences


BeeR2D2 is a project from the orientation semester. “It was our first student project and we wanted to build something cool,” said the #nextgen team. The result is amazing: an intelligent, mobile refrigerator that you can slack to get a cold beer. To program BeeR2D2, the team used different technologies—Python for the backend, a Raspberry Pi to operate the fridge, QR codes for navigation and 3D modelling software for designing the body of the fridge. Cheers!


Our students have a lot of commitments and interests outside of their study programs.

The spirit of the Zalando event was incredible and they were so happy that CODE students supported their projects.Moritz
#fistclass student at CODE
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Unicon Berlin

In November 2017, a group of CODE students organized their first conference.: Unicon Berlin. The goal of the conference is to bring together 99 students from different top universities. And in January 2019 we already hosted our second one!

CODE Science Club (CODESC)

The CODE Science Club

The CODE Science Club was founded by our students. The club is a place where fundamental scientific topics are passionately discussed, films and documentaries are analysed and scientists are invited for events.

Smart School Jonathan Kuhl

Winner of the eBay StartUp Cup

Our student Nate applied for the eBay StartUp Cup in June 2018 to find out what it means to pursue an idea. He was chosen as a finalists and won! He was awarded $10,000 to realise his idea. Congratulations!

Art & CODE Club

The club offers a space to experiment with thoughts, concepts and ideas on the infinite themes of art.

Students organize talks, workshops, visit exhibitions together, and also create their own.

//Slash Initiative

Starting with their first event in March 2019, these eleven students from all three study programs are connecting the student tech scene in Europe.

More information can be found on their website:

Regular Hackathon participation

Our students regularly take part in hackathons to expand and test their knowledge. They win again and again, like this group of Behnaz, Abdullah, and Dora at the Zalando Hackathon in December 2018.

CODE holds an opportunity of a lifetime! Imagine having a safe space to explore anything you were curious about, plus having the resources and the right mentorship.Ghufran Khayat
#nextgen student at CODE
Meet our students. CODE University of Applied Sciences

Come meet us in person!

You have read a lot about our students, but maybe you still have questions. Here are some ways to interact with them.

At our Campus Tours

Every Monday (except on public holidays) you can take part in our public campus tours and get to know our students in person. The tour lasts about 45 minutes; we show you the campus, introduce our 3 study programs and answer all your questions. The tour starts at 4 pm. Please register via email beforehand!

At career fairs

Our students will attend a variety of career fairs in different cities in Germany.

Take the opportunity and meet them there in person.

Open House Day at CODE

Several times a year we open our doors to all interested parties at an Open House Day. You can find out everything about our degree programs, meet our students, chat with our professors and gain a detailed insight into studying at CODE. As soon as the next date is fixed, you can register here!

Follow us on Instagram

If you can’t meet us in person, why not do so virtually? Our Instagram account is regularly used by our students for an Insta-Takeover and you can ask them questions and get personal insight into their student life. During regular live videos you can ask all your questions in real time. Say hi!