Summer Camp - Frequently asked questions
What does the Summer Camp involve?
The Summer Camp is an opportunity to get a taste of living and learning with internationally-minded, young people from all over the world. Participants in the Summer Camp are assigned to a workshop based on the stated interests in their applications, and with a view to ensuring that each workshop introduces students to work as part of a diverse group of students. Mornings are spent in these workshops, preparing for a final presentation to be held for the other Summer Camp participants, including staff and professors, as well as parents. Afternoons are spent participating in extracurricular activities such as sports and cultural excursions.
Do I have to stay on campus?
Yes, all Summer Camp participants stay on campus for the duration of their program, apart from planned excursions. You will have your own private bedroom, and a bathroom which you share with one other student of the same gender. Three meals a day will also be provided for you.
Who can apply to the Summer Camp?
You should apply if you are a student between the ages of 14 and 18, you are still pursuing your secondary education, and you are eager to get a taste of living and learning with internationally-minded young people from all over the world. The Summer Camp would also be suited to young people considering studying at a German university, or at an international university.
What workshops are offered as part of the Summer Camp?
The workshops offered each year may change, however the workshops offered in the Summer Camp 2017 are listed below. Their common theme is that they encourage students to think critically about the challenges and opportunities we face in our modern, globalized, and diverse world.
o Resources and their Sustainable Management
o Renewable Energy
o Sensor Networks
o Physics in Popular Culture
o Living under a Dictatorship
o Integration through Community Work
How long does the Summer Camp last?
The Summer Camp lasts for one week (5 teaching days) at the end of July.
Is the Summer Camp conducted in English?
Yes, as with all programs offered at Jacobs University, the Summer Camp is conducted entirely in English.
General Application Questions
How can I apply to the Summer Camp?
You should complete the online application form available on the Jacobs University website. We will want to know the academic fields you are most interested in and why, as well as your high school grades. You will also be invited to tell us a bit about yourself, such as your hobbies and any extracurricular activities in which you are involved.
Is there an application fee?
No, Jacobs University does not charge an application fee.
Is there an application deadline?
Yes. The deadline for applications for the Summer Camp 2019 is March 3, 2019. Decisions will be communicated on March 15, 2019.
Can I send supplementary information?
Yes, certainly. Applicants often send in a summary of their work in PDF form via email (this ranges from photos of art work, award certificates and other relevant information). If you are sending us several additional documents, please be so kind to also summarize your distinctions in a list form. Please also be aware that supplementary documents should not be larger than 2.500 KB.
What if I cannot answer the questions in the spaces provided?
You have to answer every question within the space provided. Pay close attention to the minimum and maximum word count on every writing section.
Do I have to choose my preferred workshop in the application?
You should state the academic fields you are most interested in. You will then be assigned to a workshop based on your stated interests, but also with a view to ensuring that each workshop introduces students to working as part of a diverse group of students.
How much does the camp cost?
Participation in the Summer Camp, including full room and board, costs €450. Other expenses, such as travel to and from the camp, and additional spending money, are not covered.
Scholarships and Financing Options
Do you offer any scholarships for the Summer Camp?
The fee of €450 is already a highly subsidized rate, therefore we do not offer additional scholarships.
Do I require a visa to participate in the Summer Camp?
How do I obtain a visa?
After being admitted and having confirmed that you will be taking up a place on the Summer Camp, you should check our Visa Information System about the visa application process in your home country. To have access to our Visa Information System, please visit here. If you require a visa, we will send you a confirmation (Zulassungsbescheid) for the German embassy which can be used to apply for a visa.
How long does it take to obtain a visa?
If you have prepared all required documents, the process can take from 10 days to 8 weeks, depending on availability of appointments in each embassy.