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Jacobs Foundation Year

The Foundation Year Program

Planning and preparing for your academic future is an important step. Join Jacobs University’s Foundation Year Program to explore different fields of study and to acquire academic learning skills before starting your bachelor’s degree. Based on your individual academic background and your needs and goals, you can design your own Foundation Year learning experience. As a Foundation Year student you can attend undergraduate courses from various fields of study and choose between different types of preparatory classes to improve your academic skills. Furthermore, you live on our international campus and can enjoy the full perks of student life in the residential colleges.

Students who complete the program successfully receive guaranteed admission to Jacobs University’s undergraduate programs. Design your own path!

With the support of an academic advisor, you design your own modular study plan that will help you set your own priorities and to work towards your personal goals

  • ORIENTATION: The program offers orientation possibilities in engineering and computer sciences, natural sciences and life sciences, social sciences as well as economics and management. The possibility to participate in our undergraduate courses from different academic fields, career orientation workshops and academic advising ensures that you can make an informed 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.

Apply Now for Foundation Year