Search form



Apply & Fees

Application Information

All students who obtain a high school diploma or local equivalent prior to the start of the program and who possess English language skills equivalent to the B1 level of the European Framework may apply to the Foundation Year Program. Please note that we cannot accept O-Levels or AS-Levels as an entrance qualification. The application process is selective and seeks out motivated students who show both the intellectual and social promise to thrive in a diverse international study environment.

When to Apply

The rolling admission process for Fall intake begins on October 15 and closes on August 20. Students who require a visa for Germany should apply by June 15, since the visa process can take up to two months. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. As spaces are limited and fill up quickly, we recommend students apply as early as possible.

How to Apply

Please submit your complete application to the Foundation Year Program which consists of:

  • The online application form 
  • A short motivation statement
  • Your high school transcripts
  • A reference letter from a teacher or a counselor
  • A proof of English language proficiency: minimum score of 65 on the TOEFL iBT / 5.5 on the IELTS (UK) / 90 on the Duolingo English Test / 46 on the Pearson PTE Academic or the Cambridge Certificate (FCE)

Ready for your future?

Foundation Year Fees & Services

The total cost of the Foundation Year is 28,000 €. This amount includes all costs associated with the program, including tuition fees, room and board, a semester ticket for local transportation, exam fees, and the following benefits:

  • Academic advising for a smooth transition to higher education
  • SAT test preparation and registration
  • Residential colleges with modern single rooms
  • In-college cafeterias with full board
  • Fully equipped recreation centre and multimedia rooms
  • Orientation week to facilitate your arrival to Jacobs University
  • Host-family program
  • Individual support (visa, etc.)
  • 24/7 security service on university campus

Let’s get in contact

Magali Pantobe
Recruitment Counselor


Do you have questions or would you like to be consulted personally? We are happy to help you with your inquiry.

Leave us a message or contact us directly:

Whatsapp / WeChat: +49 151 142 67 805

Tel: +49 (421) 2004313

Skype: foundationyear

Email: foundationyear [at]