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About Us

Jacobs University is a private, independent university that offers the highest research and academic standards. Young people from every continent are trained as world citizens with leadership qualities at Jacobs University in Bremen. Students, professors, and research associates work together to acquire and convey knowledge. 

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Our central principles are:

  • Excellence in the selection of students and professors, in the structuring of our syllabuses and the associated performance requirements for students and faculty
  • An international student body and faculty; internationally recognized study credits and qualifications; lessons in English
  • Trans-disciplinary teaching and research, which means cross-departmental collaboration
  • Interactive, networked teaching and learning; teaching, research, and living all unified on campus
  • Independent organization and management, high flexibility
Organization 
Private, state-recognized university, gemeinnützige GmbH (limited liability company whose profits are utilized for non-commercial purposes)
 
 
The President is nominated by the Board of Governors and is at the same time the Director of the gGmbH,
Language of teaching and research: English
 
Opening
2001 (founded with the support of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, the University of Bremen, and Rice University, Houston, Texas)
 
Location
Campus: 34 hectares; 17 km from the city center
 
Accreditation and recognition
1999 Officially recognized by the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
2001 Accredited by the German Council of Science and Humanities
2001 Positively assessed by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (a German association promoting science and academic start-ups)
2004 All Bachelor’s courses approved by the German Accreditation Council (Agency ACQUIN)
2006 Winner of Schlüsselqualifikationen plus (Key Qualifications plus) competition  run by Stiftung Mercator (an educational foundation) and Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
2006 Announcement of a €200 million investment by the Jacobs Foundation, to date Europe’s largest ever private donation to a university
2008 Re-accreditation by German Council of Science and Humanities for a further ten years, highly favorable assessment of the University’s development
2010 Renewed official recognition by Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
 
CHE Ranking
Top rating in the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of the German-speaking university landscape
 
2005 Political and Social Sciences
2007 Electrical and Information Technology
2009 Biology and Geo Sciences
2011 Political and Social Sciences
2012 Biology, Chemistry, Geo Sciences, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics
2013 Psychology and History, additional positive rating in special CHE evaluation ”Diverse Excellence 2012“
2014 Global Economics and Management
2015 Geo Sciences, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Political Sciences
2016 Biology, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Computer Sciences, and Psychology
 
Students, academic year 2016/17, Fall Term
Bachelor programs: 709 students
Master programs: 140 students | PhD programs: 325 students
Executive graduate program: 17 students
Total: 1,244 students from 111 countries
 
Scientific staff
93 professors plus additional guest lecturers
138 research and instructional personnel
 
Qualifications
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Executive Master, Doctor of Philosophy
 
Courses offered
International Foundation Year Program
Preparatory Study Programs
15 Bachelor programs
8 Graduate programs (Master / PhD)
1 Executive graduate program / PhD programs in conjunction with the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (www.bigsss-bremen.de)
 
Exchange programs 
Jacobs University offers study exchange programs in conjunction with a total of 26 international partners including Rice University, Washington State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Thammasat University, and Lafayette College; it is also involved in the EU exchange program ERASMUS.
 
Colleges 
Undergraduates all live in four colleges on campus:
Alfred Krupp College, Mercator College, College III, College Nordmetall
 
Course fees
Foundation Year Program€ 23,000 program fee including tuition and room and board. 
Preparatory Study Programs - MedPrep€ 25,000 program fee including tuition, room and board and medical internships. 
Preparatory Study Programs - MedNat: € 30,000 tuition per academic year plus room and board € 6,000 for nine months. 
Bachelor programs: €20,000 / year of study plus board and lodging (€ 6,000 per academic year: September-May). If you take part in the world track program in your fifth semester and you do not live on campus, no room or board will be charged for that semester.
Graduate programs: costs vary according to the program.

Students are selected purely on merit. A system of scholarships, grants, and tuition deferral enables every admitted applicant for a bachelor program to study at Jacobs University.