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FAQ Incoming Students

What kind of courses can I select?

As an incoming student, you are free to choose any courses from across majors for which you are academically qualified. With Jacobs Study Abroad Program you can compose your individual study plan that would include courses from your major, from fields of your interest, language courses and unique courses we offer only for study abroad students.

How am I going to be able to explore new countries and cultures during my semester abroad?

Together with all the other incoming students, you have a chance to participate in many exciting study trips for example to Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Helgoland, St. Petersburg, etc. All of them are part of special course offers designed specifically for study abroad students on German Politics and Culture, European Healthcare and Welfare, Bremen Art.

Is there a way I can get involved into German everyday life even though I live on campus?

Yes. As part of our host family program, you can get the unique opportunity to get assigned to a German host family, who enables you to authentically experience German everyday life. If you would like to stay in touch with them even after your semester(s) at Jacobs, you will have lifelong friendships based in Germany.

Does Jacobs University offer any support in finding accommodations?

As an incoming student you do not have to worry about finding a suitable apartment because we have single-rooms with full board reserved for you, so you can just comfortably move in the day you arrive.

How can I find out what fellow students experienced on a study abroad semester at Jacobs?

Read up what other exchange students have to say about their time at Jacobs here.

My university is not currently a Jacobs partner, am I still eligible to study abroad in Bremen?

You can study abroad at Jacobs as long as you meet our admission criteria – that is, having a minimum B2 English language proficiency level and a GPA of at least 3.0. It is worth noting, however, that if your university is not a Jacobs partner your tuition will not be waived.

I need to select my courses but the course catalogue for my semester has not been published yet, what can I do?

You are welcome to check the previous year’s course catalogue and choose courses based on the available selection. A lot of the last year’s courses of that semester will be offered again, however they are not guaranteed. For more inquiries, contact international@jacobs-university.de

When does the Jacobs course catalogue usually get published?

The fall semester course catalogue usually gets published on March 31st. The course catalogue for the spring semester is published on September 30th.

What should I do if the course information in the course catalogue is not enough to get my courses approved?

Please compose the list of courses for which you require the syllabus or generally more information and e-mail it to international@jacobs-university.de.

What are my visa requirements for my semester abroad?

For information on visa requirements, check page six of the Incoming Students Handbook (https://www.jacobs-university.de/files/study-abroad-handbook-v2pdf).

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact our visa coordinator at visa@jacobs-university.de.

What should I write in the required fields of the online application that do not apply to me?

Just write “not applicable” in the fields which are not relevant / do not apply to you.

My college covers my study abroad fees (either fully or partially). How do I convey this in my financial declaration?

Enter the amount of financial support that you receive from your home institution into the section Scholarships or Fellowships: From Another Source. Enter the name of your home institution in the sponsors section.

Where can I eat on-campus if I have special dietary needs?

With your mealplan money you can eat in the serveries of any college on campus. They have a wide variety of food offers. For each meal there will be one or two main dishes with meat (often also halal ones) and one vegetarian main dish. You can also find a salad bar in every servery or take side dishes, which also mostly consist of vegetables and pasta. However there are limited capacities for some individualized dietary needs, for example kosher or vegan meals.

Where can I go if I get sick?

Unfortunately there are no health service centers on campus. However, with your European health insurance card you can freely choose any doctor, dentist or therapist. This website will help you find any medical assistance you need.

Can I receive special academic accommodation?

If you received special academic accommodations from your home university, please ask your International Office to inform us about it or reach out personally to us. We cannot guarantee an equal coverage but we will try to provide as much support, as close to your original setting as possible.

Do I need to apply for a residence permit if I have a visa?

If the visa covers the entirety of your stay in Germany, you do not need to apply for a residence permit once you are in Germany. However, if your visa does not cover your entire study period, you have to prepare a residence permit application and pay the corresponding fee (ca. 100 euros).

What are the Jacobs community values?

The Jacobs University community is asked to behave in accordance with its community code, which can be found here: https://www.jacobs-university.de/university-policies/community-standard. Especially intercultural respect and a sense of community are the values that shape the university. Please take into account that once abroad you will have to adhere to both the values and disciplinary framework of your home university as well as Jacobs.