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Jacobs Campus from the air

Private, independent university, registered as a not-for-profit organization 
Independent board of governors: sets overall policies. The president is appointed by the Board of Governors. The President and the Managing Director  form the Executive Board of Jacobs University gGmbH. 
The primary language of instruction and campus communication is English.
Opened in 2001
The Jacobs University was founded with the support of the city-state of Bremen, the University of Bremen, and Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Germany (population: about 550,000) 
Campus: 34 hectares (about 90 acres), 17 kilometers (10 miles) from the city center 
Maps & Directions to Jacobs University Bremen
Accreditation & Achievements 
1999 State recognition by the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen 
2001 Accredited by the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wisschenschaftsrat) 
2001 Positively assessed by the Donor´s Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanties in Germany (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft) 
2004 Accreditation of all undergraduate programs by the German Accreditation Council (Agency ACQUIN) 
2006 Winner of the national »Key Qualifications plus« competition of the Mercator Foundation and the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany 
2006 Declaration of the Jacobs Foundation's investment of 200 million Euro, one of the largest private donations in Europe ever made to a university 
2008 Reaccreditation for the next 10 years by the German Council of Science and Humanities; highly positive evaluation of the university's development
2010 Renewal of the State recognition by the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
CHE Ranking 
In Germany’s most comprehensive and detailed university ranking by the Center for Higher Education (CHE) and the renowned weekly »Die Zeit« Jacobs University has consistently scored top marks since its first participation in 2005:
2005: Political and Social Sciences
2007: Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
2009: Biology and Geo Science
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
Academic Year 2017, Summer Term 
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 
2 Preparatory programs
15 Bachelor programs 
8 Graduate programs (Master / PhD) 
1 Executive graduate program | PhD programs offered by Bremen International School of Social Sciences (
Exchange Programs 
Jacobs University has student exchange programs with 26 international partners, amongst  others with Rice University, Washington State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Thammasat University and Lafayette College; it also participates in the European exchange program »ERASMUS«
Residential Colleges 
All undergraduates live on-campus in Alfried Krupp College, Mercator College, College III, and in College Nordmetall (total of 900 rooms)
Course fees 
Bachelor programs: €20,000 / year plus room and board (€ 6,000 month 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.
Master Programs: costs vary according to program
Admission to Jacobs University Bremen is achievement-oriented. A system of scholarships, grants, and tuition deferral enables every admitted applicant for a bachelor program to study at Jacobs University.