Foundation Year at Jacobs University

Get Ready for University: Join the Foundation Year at Jacobs University in Bremen

Planning and preparing for your academic future is an important step. Join Jacobs University’s Foundation Year Program to get a taste of different fields of study and to acquire academic learning skills before starting your degree. Over two semesters, the intensive pre-degree program prepares you for the challenge of studying at an international university. All students who successfully complete the program receive guaranteed admission to Jacobs University’s undergraduate programs. Based on your individual academic background, your needs, and goals, you can design your own Foundation Year learning experience. After placement tests and consultation with your academic advisor, you can choose between a number of different preparatory and orientation classes. Foundation Year students may furthermore attend regular undergraduate courses and are able to obtain up to 40 transferable ECTS credits. Another important part is the development and training on personal skills such as presentation & communication or time and stress management. The language of instruction is English.


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A Personalized Academic Program – Design your path

With the support of an academic advisor, you design your own modular study plan 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 (standardized university admission test) on campus. 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.

A New Home Away From Home

Students lovingly call the campus “the bubble” – an international English-language microcosm in the middle of Germany, where you will live and learn with students from over 100 countries. After a semester at Jacobs, every corner of campus will be connected to a fond memory. Be it the group of seats at the corner of the quiet study area where you spent an entire night working hard, laughing with your friends and ordering pizza at 3 a.m. Be it the small hills on Campus Green that you and your friends used for sledding down on cafeteria trays when the first snow had fallen in winter. Be it the tree in front of your college, where you hang up your first Bulgarian friendship bracelet for luck. Living and learning on campus means that your friends will soon feel like family and that the campus will become a new home away from home.

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How to Apply

The rolling admission process for Fall 2019 intake begins on October 15, 2018 and closes latest on August 15, 2019. Students who require a visa for Germany should apply by June 15, 2019. The program starts the last week of August with an Orientation Week. To apply for the Foundation Year you must submit an online application form:

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Finances & Services

The total cost for the Foundation Year Program is 23.000 €. The program fee includes all costs associated with the program including tuition, room and board, a semester ticket for local transportation and testing fees. Also we provide the following services:

  • Expert guidance in the transition to undergraduate studies
  • Professional academic advising
  • SAT/TOEFL test preparation and registration
  • Residential colleges with modern single rooms
  • In-college cafeterias with full board
  • Fully equipped recreation center and multimedia rooms
  • Orientation Week to facilitate the transition to Jacobs University
  • Host family program
  • General support (visa, airport pick-up etc.)
  • University campus with 24-hour security 

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Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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