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
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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 Schlüsselqualifikationen plus (Key Qualifications plus) competition run by Stiftung Mercator (an educational foundation) and Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
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
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:
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:
203 researchers and lecturers
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Executive Master, Doctor of Philosophy
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
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+.
Alfried Krupp College, Mercator College, College III, College Nordmetall
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.