Jacobs University is not a typical German university. It is a small, private residential institution with classes taught in English, much more similar to a small US college. Jacobs’s student body is small, but diverse, composed of about 1,400 students from over 110 different countries. Take a virtual tour of the campus.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty.
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program.
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
Jacobs has an academic focus on social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. It is considered one of the top universities in Germany for social sciences and also offers language courses in German, French, Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin).
Jacobs groups it's majors and courses under three themes central to our global society: Mobility, Health and Diversity.
Jacobs boasts a chem lab, biochem lab, physics lab, geochemistry lab, ocean lab, computational analysis lab, modeling & visualization, behavioral and social science labs.
Classes typically meet two times per week, and grades are usually based on a midterm and final. Exchange students will be assigned an academic advisor for assistance on choosing courses and navigating the system.
Health: Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences
Mobility: Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Logistics
Diversity: Business, Economics, Social Sciences, Humanities, Psychology, Methods
Jacobs Track and Transdisciplinary Offerings
Jacobs would be a great fit for students looking to pursue their Arts & Humanities/People & Society Cognates or Electives. Due to high academic rigor, we do not recommend taking more than 2 courses toward your major.
Searching for classes at Jacobs:
Course offerings for specific terms can be viewed here. Select undergraduate curriculum. View previous terms to see what may be available.
Fall course offerings are published around March 31st and Spring course offerings are published around September 30th.
|Jacobs Mark||UM Grade|
|1 - 1.5||Sehr Gut (Very Good)||A|
|1.6 - 2.5||Gut (Good)||A|
|2.6 - 3.5||Befriedigend (Satisfactory)||B|
|3.6 - 4.0||Ausreichend (Sufficient)||C|
|4.1 - 6||Nicht Ausreichend (Insufficient)||F|
1 ECTS Credit = .5 UM Credits
Fall semester: Late August/Early September - mid December
Spring semester: Late January - late May
Jacobs guarantees housing in single rooms to their exchange students. Board is included in the fee students pay to Jacobs. Students are responsible for paying room and board directly to Jacobs.
Required Health Coverage:
Non-EU members must obtain German public health insurance coverage upon arrival on campus (at a cost of approximately €100 per month).
In order to go abroad, you must have a valid passport that will not expire during your time abroad or within 6 months upon your return.
Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland do not need a visa to enter Germany for any purpose.
Citizens of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America may enter Germany without a visa and then apply for a residence permit within the first three months of their stay.
Citizens of countries not listed above require a student visa and should arrange for one well in advance. Please allow six to eight weeks for your visa application to be approved.
Serious applicants should plan to submit a complete, well thought out, and comprehensive application. In the required essay, please focus on sharing your?academic, personal and professional goals?and how admission to Jacobs will help you achieve them.??
Students who submit a complete application by the deadline will be granted an interview. Qualified candidates will be nominated to Jacobs,?however Jacobs will make the final admission decision.?Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.??
Participation in the program cannot be guaranteed as there may be a limit on the number of students we can send to Jacobs in a particular semester. Please ensure that you think critically about your?second choice?option when completing this portion of your online application.
|Currency||Euro – available in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100|
|Airport||Bremen Airport – located 3.5km south of the city.
It mainly features flights to European metropolitan and leisure destinations.
|Weather||Extremes are rare in Bremen and temperatures below -15°C (5°F) and above 35°C (95°F) occur only once every couple of years.
The warmest months in Bremen are June, July and August with average high temperatures of 20.2 to 22.6°C (68.4 to 72.7°F). The coldest are December, January and February, with average low temperatures of -1.1 to 0.3°C (30 to 32.5°F).
|Host Family Program||Exchange students at Jacobs are encouraged to participate in the program if interested in discovering Bremen, getting insights into the German way of life and spending time with a German family!|
|Semester Ticket||Upon arrival, you will be issued a personalized ticket for public transportation in and around Bremen.|