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Foundation Year


Are you ambitious and looking for inspiration? Join Jacobs University’s Foundation Year Program to explore different fields of study and to acquire academic learning skills before starting your undergraduate degree.

You get the chance to participate in a variety of undergraduate courses, specially designed Foundation Year courses and workshops that will guide you towards making an informed decision about your future career. According to your needs and interests you can choose your focus and design your individual schedule.

MAIN GOALS OF THE FOUNDATION YEAR PROGRAM


  • ORIENTATION

    The program offers orientation options by choosing courses and modules from different academic program tracks in engineering and computer sciences, natural sciences and life sciences, social sciences as well as economics and management. Career orientation workshops and academic advising ensure that you can make a deliberate decision about what major to choose at the end of the year.


  • PREPARATION

    As a Foundation Year student you can choose between a range of intensive preparatory classes that will allow you to improve your study skills, to boost your expertise in your discipline of choice or to fine-tune your academic English. Optional German classes are offered for those students interested in learning German.


  • QUALIFICATION

    In the course of the program, all students can take the SAT on campus (standardized university admission test). Intensive SAT training allows you to get ready for the test. If needed, you can also take an English-language proficiency test as part of the program.


  • SPECIALIZATION

    A subject specialization in one of the following fields is possible: Economics & Management, Engineering & Computer Sciences, Natural Sciences & Life Sciences, Social Sciences and History.


TOP 5 REASONS TO JOIN THE PROGRAM

#1 PREMIUM EDUCATION

Renowned professors and experienced instructors provide professional guidance in your transition to undergraduate studies. Enjoy an excellent level of education, small class sizes, individual assistance, state-of-the-art facilities, and gain initial practical experience in the lab.

#2 INDIVIDUAL APPROACH

Select study modules based on your academic background and individual goals and attend undergraduate classes from those fields of study that interest you most. Profit from personal academic advising, career counseling, and a customized workshop program.

#3 GUARANTEED ADMISSION TO JACOBS UNIVERSITY

All students who successfully complete the Foundation Year Program receive guaranteed admission to Jacobs University’s undergraduate programs. An outstanding 93% of all students succeed in graduating from the undergraduate programs to continue their studies at leading universities or pursue careers in global business, science or their own start-ups.

#4 CERTIFIED KNOWLEDGE

The program enables you to attend regular undergraduate courses and to collect ECTS credit points that you can transfer to your future study program.

#5 CAMPUS LIFE

You will live and learn on campus and you will become part of our vibrant international community. Sharpen your intercultural skills, develop an international network, and collect experiences of a lifetime.

MEET SOME OF OUR RECENT FOUNDATION YEAR GRADUATES