“It is one place where people from all over the world live and work together, and prove every day that gender, race, religion, and so on aren’t reasons to stand in the way of cooperation.”
— lida-maria lottko
jacobs university alumna
Located in northern Germany, Jacobs University is one of the country’s most international universities, characterized by a truly intercultural community of students and faculty. Founded in 2001 as a private English-speaking university, Jacobs attracts highly talented and open-minded students from all over the world, with more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries currently living on its residential campus.
On a campus where the whole world is at home, Jacobs University provides an education that transcends disciplines and cultural boundaries. Jacobs’s students graduate as global citizens who will make a difference in tomorrow’s world.
Jacobs University is a research-oriented, state-accredited university with a broad portfolio of pre-degree, undergraduate, and graduate programs ranging from the natural sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering to the social sciences and Economics.
The Foundation Year is a tailor-made one-year preparatory program. Students can use this year for orientation and skill-building. Jacobs University’s challenging three-year undergraduate programs prepare students for a successful academic and professional career. Students can study a major and minor and even have the possibility to change their major in their first year of studies.
Teaching and learning
At Jacobs University, class sizes are small and a professor acts as a personal mentor and academic advisor for each student. Students are actively involved in research from their first year of study while having access to modern lab facilities and state-of-the-art technology. A transdisciplinary approach is one of the core elements of a Jacobs University education. Study modules cover various aspects of academic fields, reflecting the complex nature of interconnected topics and global challenges.
The University’s reputation speaks for itself, with consistently high rankings achieved in Germany’s widely respected Centre for Higher Education (CHE) and the international U-Multirank.
Living on campus
Jacobs University is a residential university that unites living and learning on an 80-acre green and tree-shaded campus. Students live in one of four residential colleges consisting of two-bedroom apartments with shared bathroom facilities. Each college has its own study areas, group meeting rooms, and a recreational lounge as well as its own cafeteria where students can enjoy international cuisine together.
Jacobs University offers many social and cultural activities for students outside the classroom. The variety of over 100 student-driven events during the year are the hallmark of our vibrant campus community, including cultural festivals like the Deepavali Festival of Lights or Chinese New Year and educational events like Country Information Days. Over 50 student clubs ranging from arts to sports and community groups provide further opportunities to foster our students’ development of interpersonal and intercultural competencies.
Academic life is further enhanced by various campus facilities, including a fitness center and indoor rowing tank, dance rooms, the campus interfaith house, the campus cinema, and the theater space.
Graduates of Jacobs University follow a variety of career paths all over the world.
Around two-thirds have gone directly into a professional career, with Google, Microsoft, Siemens, Airbus, Roche, and Volkswagen among the top 10 employers of our alumni.
Numerous events like the annual career fair offer networking opportunities for internships and employment. Global players such as Facebook, Microsoft, AB InBev, EON, and McKinsey conduct recruiting events directly on campus.
About one-third of our students pursue further graduate or professional studies at internationally renowned universities such as Harvard, Cambridge, or Bocconi, to name a few.
JACOBS UNIVERSITY GRADUATES
• 60% live in Europe (40% in Germany).
• 95% are employed or pursuing graduate studies.
• 80% join the Jacobs Alumni Association—a worldwide networking community.
• 95% would choose Jacobs University again.
Jacobs University is based in the north of Bremen—a city with a maritime atmosphere and over 1,200 years of history. It is home to the “Freimarkt,” Germany’s oldest fun fair, and the traditional Christmas Market is a popular destination. Centrally located in Europe, with an international airport close to the city center, Bremen is an ideal starting point for trips to destinations such as Hamburg, Berlin, Paris, Rome, or Amsterdam.
Type of School: Jacobs University is a private, English-language, campus-based university offering the highest standards of research and teaching.
Size of Campus: The 80-acre campus houses approximately 5,600 square meters of laboratory space and four residential colleges.
Number of Students: Approximately 1,400 students
Number of Faculty: More than 100 professors and lecturers provide individualized assistance, as each student is assigned a faculty member to act as their personal academic advisor.
Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Foundation Year Program (one-year preparatory program)
16 three-year undergraduate programs: Biochemistry and Cell Biology (BSc), Chemistry (BSc), Computer Science (BSc), Earth and Environmental Sciences (BSc), Electrical and Computer Engineering (BSc), Global Economics and Management (BA), Industrial Engineering and Management (BSc), Integrated Social Sciences (BA), Intelligent Mobile Systems (BSc), International Business Administration (BA), International Relations: Politics and History (BA), Mathematics (BSc), Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (BSc), Medical Natural Sciences (BSc), Physics (BSc), Psychology (BA)
Geographic Diversity: Students from over 100 countries attend Jacobs University. (Percentage of international students: 79%)
International Student Services: Orientation week, Campus Activities, Student Advisors, Student Services Center, Counseling and Intercultural Services, Academic Advising, Registrar, Student Financial Services, Campus Jobs Office, Career Services, Host Family Program
International Student Budget:
Undergraduate programs: $23,800 (20,000 EUR) per academic year
Room and board: $7,100 (6,000 EUR) per nine-month academic year
Other fees: $640 (540 EUR)
Please check current Euro exchange rates for accurate fees.
Financial Aid: Individualized financial aid packages involving grants, scholarships, and tuition deferrals assist qualified applicants for undergraduate programs in commencing their studies at Jacobs University.
Test Score Requirements: TOEFL (PBT: 550+/iBT: 90+); for other English-language proficiency exams, refer to our website. SAT or ACT scores are required.
Application Deadlines and Fees:
Early Decision: November 1
Early Action: December 1
Early Action II: February 1
– Students who require a visa to study in Germany: June 1
– EU students and students who do not require a visa: July 20
No application fee