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Bachelor of Arts - Undergraduate Program

Psychology - The Program

A globalizing world is a diversifying world, not least in terms of demography. Living and working together in new cultural and generational constellations creates opportunities for ‘richer’ social interactions and for learning from each other. Psychologists are experts for designing evidence-based strategies to reap the benefits and tackle the issues of demographic diversity. If you would like to become one of those experts, then the Jacobs BA in Psychology is for you. Our program covers the core fields of modern academic psychology, adopting a multi-level approach. We model human behavior as constrained and shaped both by biological variables and by social and cultural contexts; these constraints are inseparably linked in their effects on behavior.

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Career Perspectives

Your career opportunities will be in fields such as advertising, counseling, diversity management health promotion, human resource management, intercultural relations, management consulting, market research, media, psychotherapy, and sales, as well as applied research in companies, public institutions, and non-governmental organizations.

Key Facts

Program Start Date 2019:

last week of August (orientation week), first week of September (classes)


€ 20,000 per academic year
+ € 6,650 living expenses


All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships of up to € 15,000 per year.

Application Deadlines 2019:

June 1 (global) and July 15 (for applicants who do not need a visa)


3 years full-time


Financing Options:

Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.

5 Reasons

5 reasons why you should study Psychology at Jacobs University

  1. Build your research skills even during your undergraduate years
  2. Gain first-hand insights into evidence-based organizational consulting
  3. Work intensively with professors and senior researchers
  4. Enjoy access to state-of-the-art research labs
  5. Learn to become a transdisciplinary networker and communicator


The Jacobs BA in Psychology covers the core fields that constitute modern academic psychology. As a hallmark, our program takes full advantage of those fields’ specific theory perspectives by adopting a multi-level approach. In keeping with the notion of psychology as a ‘hub science’ whose contributions have direct implications for scientific fields beyond psychology itself, we model human behavior as constrained and shaped both by biological variables and by social and cultural contexts; these constraints are inseparably linked in their effects on behavior. Consequently, while we highlight in our teaching general explanations that apply across people and contexts, we explicitly address diversity as a defining feature of behaviors and interactions. We explore in depth how diverse, for instance, relationships between individual people, between social groups, and even between cultures may become as a function of those very contexts. In addition to familiarizing you with a range of alternative explanations of behavior, the multi-level approach enables you to combine theoretical perspectives to analyze and explain as accurately as possible, and eventually shape as effectively as possible human behavior in the complex contexts in which it actually unfolds.

The program lays a solid foundation for careers in a range of directions. As a researcher, you may contribute to a comprehensive evidence base that informs good diversity practices in numerous professional fields. In a personnel executive role, you may design diversity management strategies in the workplace. In a marketing function, you might advise companies on diversifying their product portfolios and advertising campaigns to meet increasingly diverse customer needs. As psychotherapist, you may develop new diagnostic and treatment strategies for increasingly heterogeneous client groups. Whatever your goals, the Jacobs BA in Psychology provides excellent job prospects in a wide range of careers and a strong academic foundation for further studies.


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THE Young University Ranking 2019 In the category “Teaching” Jacobs University ranks #3 in the subject of “Psychology” within 351 universities worldwide

CHE Rankings 2019 2019 the Jacobs Psychology program was top ranked in the CHE Rankings - for the 2nd time! CHE is the most detailed university ranking in the German-speaking region. It not only takes into account facts on the range of courses, but also questions students themselves

Students & Alumni

I would say that from the first day I stepped foot on campus, everything I experienced was beyond what I was expecting.

Anna Kuznetsova

Jacobs taught me how to get out of my comfort zone.

Francoise De Sutter Olmedo

This area includes topics such as social cohesion, state systems, and the preservation of social welfare or the effects of regulatory systems on the individual, such as their impact on human rights. Diversity is thus regarded as a driving force behind development and progress.
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