The rolling admission process for autumn intake begins on 15 October and closes at the latest on 15 August. Students who require a visa for Germany should apply by 15 June, since the visa process can take up to two months.
Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. As spaces are limited and are filling up quickly, we recommend students to apply as early as possible.
The programme starts on 28 August with an Orientation Week and ends on 8 June with the graduation ceremony.
Planning and preparing for your academic future is an important step. Join Jacobs University's Foundation Year Programme 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 programme prepares you for the challenge of studying at an international university. All students who successfully complete the programme receive guaranteed admission to Jacobs University's undergraduate programmes. Based on your needs, goals, and individual academic background, you can design your own Foundation Year learning experience. After taking the placement tests and consulting with your academic adviser, you can choose between a number of different preparatory and orientation classes. Foundation Year students may also attend regular undergraduate courses and are hence able to obtain up to 45 transferable ECTS credits. The language of instruction is English.
The Foundation Year runs over two academic semesters (Fall Semester: September - December, Spring Semester: February - May) and focuses on the following elements:
- Academic and professional skills
- Subject orientation and academic advising
- Selection of preparatory courses in mathematics, business, natural sciences, or technology
- Participation in regular undergraduate courses
- Academic English
- SAT preparation
- Guided excursions to major European cities
- Optional German language courses
An important component of Jacobs University's educational mission is to foster students' interpersonal and intercultural competencies, which are increasingly important in an interconnected, globalised world. As a Foundation Year student, you can take full advantage of the many learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. You can immerse yourself in the intercultural campus environment, take part in the various sports activities offered, or become a member of one of the 30 political, social, academic, and entrepreneurial clubs such as Model United Nations or the Debating Society.
The green, 34 ha campus is home to 1,200 students from about 110 nations. The student residential colleges offer a safe, interactive, and inspiring environment. All students are housed in modern single rooms. The in-college cafeterias offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner and are a great space to meet, chat, and relax with your friends. The campus features a state-of-the-art recreation centre and well-equipped activity areas, including sports courts, art and dancing studios, and multimedia rooms.