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Jacobs undergraduate study programs

Undergraduate Study


Jacobs University offers a broad spectrum of attractive study programs ranging from the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering to the social sciences and economics. The teaching portfolio is based on programs which relate to the focus areas of Jacobs University:


Transdisciplinarity is one of the core elements of Jacobs University’s education. Modules address topics from different disciplinary angles and reflect the complex nature of interconnected topics and global challenges, which cannot be covered with a monodisciplinary approach. Students are introduced to different disciplines and methodologies. They are encouraged to adopt a broad perspective and to develop a problem-oriented approach. Jacobs University connects living and learning on its university campus.

The student-faculty relation is close; dedicated faculty mentors provide students with individual academic advising. Students benefit from the university’s research orientation by becoming involved in research from an early stage and by getting acquainted with the use of modern lab facilities with state-of-the-art technologies.

Jacobs University’s instructors support students in thoroughly understanding their subject and provide them with the most recent findings in their academic field. Classroom instruction policies encourage interactive classroom participation, making full use of the diverse intercultural backgrounds and the interdisciplinary experience of students.

Teaching at Jacobs University aims not only at developing academic competencies, but it also puts emphasis on key qualifications and strengthens the students’ abilities in critically questioning information and flexibly applying their knowledge to changing situations. Thus, education at Jacobs University prepares students for academic as well as professional careers.

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The undergraduate education at Jacobs University equips students with the key qualifications necessary for a successful academic as well as professional career. By combining disciplinary depth and transdisciplinary breadth, supplemented by skills education and extracurricular elements, students are prepared to become responsible and successful citizens within the societies they work and live in.
The curriculum structure provides multiple elements enhancing employability, transdisciplinarity, and internationality. The unique Jacobs Track, offered across all study programs, provides a broad range of tailor-made courses designed to foster career competencies. These include courses which promote communication, technology, business, (German) language, and management skills. The World Track, included in the third year of study, provides extended company internships or study abroad options. Thus students gain training on the job and intercultural experiences.
All undergraduate programs at Jacobs University are based on a coherently modularized structure, which provides students with a broad and flexible choice of study plans to meet their major as well as minor study interests.
Jacobs University offers study programs according to the regulations of the European Higher Education Area. All study programs are structured along the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which facilitates credit transfer between academic institutions. The three-year undergraduate program involves six semesters of study with a total of 180 ECTS credits. The curricular structure follows an innovative and student-centered modularization scheme – the 3C Model – which groups the disciplinary content of the three study years according to overarching themes:
The first study year is characterized by a broad offer in disciplinary and interdisciplinary education. Students select three CHOICE modules from a variety of study programs. The combination of CHOICE modules is flexible and allows students to decide on their major in the second year of study.
In the second year, students take three in-depth, discipline-specific CORE modules. One CORE module can also be taken from a second, complementary discipline, which allows students to incorporate a minor study track into their undergraduate education.
In the fifth semester, the World Track provides students either with an extended internship or a study abroad opportunity at a partner university. Students may also opt to stay on campus and continue their undergraduate education. In the third year, students also select specialization courses within their study program and pursue a project/research module including the Bachelor thesis. The Jacobs Track runs parallel to the disciplinary CHOICE – CORE – CAREER modules and is an integral part of all study programs.