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O-Week 2019

Orientation Week 2019 will take place from Tuesday, August 27 until Monday, September 2, 2019.

It is absolutely mandatory to attend, so please plan your trip in advance in order to arrive on August 27 between 07:00 to 22:00.

O-Week is designed to assist you, new students, to settle into university life at Jacobs University. Our series of events will introduce you to your academic program, academic advisors, faculty members, fellow students, residential college, campus life, and life off-campus.

With the help of our student advisors, graduate mentors and intercultural trainers, your transition will be informative, fun, and definitely unforgettable.

We are looking forward to seeing you on campus!



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Tue, Aug 27DAY 1: Time to arrive at Jacobs University!
Wed, Aug 28DAY 2: Learn all about our Jacobs University community and your new home away from home. Don’t miss the Campus Tour Rally and the College Social Night!
Thu, Aug 29DAY 3: Everything about study programs, the curricular structure, and policies governing living and working on campus.
Fri, Aug 30DAY 4: Welcome to German bureaucracy – make sure you are safe and legal in all ways. Also: How to find jobs – on campus and after graduation!
Sat, Aug 31DAY 5: Learn where to go off-campus for shopping, dining and more.
Sun, Sep 1DAY 6: Discover our student events and activities. Sign up for social, arts and sports clubs and teams! Spend time with your Host Families!
Mon, Sep 2DAY 7: Annual Opening Ceremony

Social Activities

O-Week will be filled with fun, excitement and many opportunities to make friends for a lifetime:

  • Ice Cream and Speed Friending
  • College Social Night
  • Games Night
  • Occupy Campus Green
  • Karaoke
  • IUB Rocks
  • Bremen City Tour
  • Clubbing in Bremen
  • BBQ, Sports, and Chill
  • Boat Trip to Bremen City
  • Pub Crawl

Jacobs O-Week Social Media

Welcome, freshies!

An exciting O-Week awaits you – full of many activities, workshops and explorations.

We’d like to tag along while you get to know your new surroundings!

Share your experiences while discovering the city of Bremen and our campus with the hashtag #JacobsOweek2019.


Student Advisors & GSA Mentors

Student advisors and GSA mentors are advanced second or third-year students of Jacobs University who will support you by providing help, answering all kinds of questions, direct you to relevant campus services and update you about student activities.

Your student advisor will get in touch with you before O-Week.

Kelly (IBA’20) and Otmane (CS’21) – O-Week 2019 Main Organizers 

Your student advisors 2019

Airport Pickup

A free shuttle will run on August 27 from Bremen Airport to Jacobs University. Please respond to the Pre-Arrival Information Questionnaire we have sent out via email in order to secure a spot on the shuttle. The shuttle will be in operation between the hours of 07:00 and 22:00. Visit our Welcome Desks at Bremen Airport Terminal 1, or Terminal 2 (for Ryanair) when you arrive for information. If you are arriving in Bremen on a different day, or outside of our operation hours, you will find information on how to get to Jacobs University here.



O-Week starts on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. The registration desk is open from 07:00 to 22:00 where the Admissions Staff will welcome you and give you your welcome package.
Here is a campus map to help you find your way around campus.

Directions to Jacobs University can be found here

For those who are flying to Germany, here are some tips on different airports to make your air ticket booking process easier.


Early Arrival

Please note that August 27 is the earliest arrival date. We cannot offer campus accommodation to students who may need to arrive earlier, but we have prepared a list of Off-Campus Housing Facilities for such cases.


Missing O-Week?

Although it is very important to attend O-Week in person, we do understand that there are justified cases where students cannot arrive in time on campus. If you cannot attend O-Week, please contact oweek [at]
We will upload materials from our presentations throughout O-Week on this website. Please stay tuned for further updates.


Health Insurance and Bank Account

There will be a dedicated session on August 30, where you will have the chance to sign up for German health insurance and open a bank account. Thus, you can have a relaxed start when your actual lectures begin.

For more information on health insurance in Germany, please refer to this document: Health Insurance – Quick Facts

ATTENTION EU citizens and citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Turkey or Tunisia: Health Insurance – Important Information for EU Students


Exploring Bremen

Will you arrive early to explore your new hometown and neighborhood? Check out the Bremen Tourism website to find all information about where to go and what to see.


Special German Bookstore during O-Week

For your convenience, we have organized a pop-up store right on campus. The store will sell all different levels of the Netzwerk German textbook series that you will need in your German courses.

Store location: East Hall Entrance

Dates and Hours of Operation:

  • Thursday, August 29, 14:00-17:00
  • Monday, September 2, 12:30-15:30
  • Wednesday, September 4, 12:30-15:30

Please bring CASH to purchase your books.


Parents Workshop

Parents of students enrolling in the Foundation Year and undergraduate programs in Fall 2019 are cordially invited to attend our Parents’ Workshop, which will take place from 10:00 to 14:00 on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in the ICC Conference Hall. Members of the Admissions Team, Faculty, and various departments involved in supporting our students will be speaking to give our parents a better idea of how Jacobs will support our students’ journey from enrollment to graduation.

Lunch and a campus tour included!

An invitation and registration link has been made available to the students – please have your children register for the event on your behalf.

For more information regarding the event, please contact admission-2 [at] (subject: Parents%20Workshop%20O-Week%202019) (Sharon Min) and admission-2 [at] (subject: Parents%20workshop%20O-Week%202019) (Sotiria Katinaki).

Download the Parents‘ Workshop poster here.



We will have a Q&A session on our Jacobs University Instagram on August 16! Ask us about what to pack, travel tips, important documents you will need, Orientation Week program, what to expect, etc.

For an expert guide to packing check out our blog!