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About Us

Jacobs University is a private, English-language campus university with the highest standards of research and teaching. Young people from around the globe become citizens of the world with leadership qualities at Jacobs University in Bremen.

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The central characteristics of the Jacobs University profile are:

    with the goal of preparing graduates in the best possible way for positions of responsibility in a globalized world of work and science
    of the worlds of teaching and living through intensive support and social networking on campus
    through living and learning in a community marked by diversity
    meaning problem-solving-oriented, interdisciplinary collaboration among disciplines in research and teaching
    through the best possible combination of specialized depth and interdisciplinary breadth
    with high requirements for academic quality and the contributions of students and teachers
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 in 2001
The Jacobs University was founded with the support of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, the University of Bremen, and Rice University, Houston, Texas.
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
2017 Industrial Engineering and Management, International Business Administration, and Global Economics and Management
Students, academic year 2017, Summer Term
Preparatory programs: 45 students
Bachelor programs: 704 students
Master programs: 131 students | PhD programs: 304 students
Executive graduate program: 18 students
Total: 1,202 students from 106 countries
Scientific staff
68 professors plus additional guest lecturers
215 research and instructional personnel
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 (
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.
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.