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About Us

Jacobs University is a private, English-language campus-based university offering the highest standards in research and teaching. By means of academic education, intensive support, and through living together on an international campus, its objective is to encourage young, talented people, irrespective of nationality, religion, and background in becoming citizens of the world, able to take leading and responsible roles for the future sustainable and peaceful development of humanity.

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Jacobs University has derived four core objectives for its educational profile from this mission statement:
among other things through interdisciplinary learning, individualized academic mentoring and early involvement of students in research projects
increasing self-competence and social skills in a community characterized by diversity
promoting intercultural skills through living and learning on a campus with people from more than 100 nations
imparting the specialist and interdisciplinary skills required for a successful career in business or science

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
U-MULTIRANK: The University has achieved top results in the international U-Multirank since its inception in 2014.
CHE Ranking: Top rating in the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of the German-speaking university landscape 

Top scores in the CHE Ranking 2014–2017:
2014 Economics
2015 Geoscience, Computer Science, Physics, Political Science
2016 Biology, Psychology
2017 Economics, Industrial Engineering

2017 Academic Year, Fall Semester
1,399 students from 110 countries incl. visiting/exchange students
Preparatory programs: 60 students
Bachelor programs: 825 students
Master programs: 220 students
PhD programs: 278 students
Executive Education: 16 participants

437 employees, of these:
78 professors
203 researchers and lecturers

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Executive Master, Doctor of Philosophy
Courses offered
Foundation Year Program (international study orientation and preparation)
Medical Preparatory Year (bilingual preparation for medical studies)
16 three-year Bachelor’s programs
5 two-year Master’s programs
3 doctoral programs (PhD) as part of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)
Customized HR development programs for specialists and managers in various industries
Exchange programs 
Jacobs University offers study exchange programs in conjunction with international partners including Rice University, Washington State University, Carnegie Mellon University in the USA, Fudan University in China, Technion in Israel and Yamanashi Gakuin University in Japan; it is also involved in the EU exchange program ERASMUS+.
Undergraduates all live in four colleges on campus:
Alfried Krupp College, Mercator College, College III, College Nordmetall
Course fees
Depending on the study program, between €10,000 and €30,000 per academic year

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.