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About Us


Opening in 2001
Jacobs University was founded with the support of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, the University of Bremen, and Rice University, Houston, Texas.
Organization. Private, state-recognized university, gGmbH (limited liability company whose profits are utilized for non-commercial purposes)
Supervisory Board and decision-making body: Board of Governors
Campus: 34 hectares; located 17 km from the city center
Language of teaching and research: English
Students: over 1,600


Key Facts

Campus: 34 hectares; 17 km from the city center
Accreditation and recognition
1999Official recognition by the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
2001Accreditation by the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat)
2004Accreditation of all Bachelor’s programs by the German Accreditation Council (ACQUIN)
2006Announcement of Jacobs Foundation’s investment of €200 million, the largest donation in Europe ever made to a university (benefactor honored by name change at the beginning of 2007: “International University Bremen” becomes “Jacobs University Bremen”)
2008Institutional reaccreditation by the German Council of Science and Humanities. Renewal of the reaccreditation is required only on request of the City of Bremen, as the university has permanently proven it's academic constitution.
2010Renewal of the official recognition by the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
2018Renewal of the official recognition by the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen until 2027
2019-2021Accreditation of all bachelor’s and master’s programs by the German Accreditation Council


2021 Academic Year, Fall Semester
over 1,600 students from more than 110 countries incl. visiting/exchange students
Preparatory programs: 34 students
Bachelor programs: 1127 students
Master programs: 215 students
PhD programs: 230 students
410 employees, of these:
60 professors
186 researchers and lecturers
Jacobs University occupies top places in respected university rankings year after year.

Ever since the university’s first inclusion in this renowned ranking in 2018 for the following year 2019, Jacobs University was able to attain top-results by global comparison. In 2022 it is considered to be among the top 30 percent out of more than 1,600 universities worldwide and is ranked most international university in Germany. Jacobs University also scores first place as best private university by German-wide comparison.

In 2021 Jacobs University takes place 27 in a comparison of 475 universities worldwide, that are younger than 50 years.  Jacobs steadily improves in ranking by German-wide comparison and reaches an excellent 2nd place in 2021, thereby trumping last years 3rd place. It reaches first place in the categories “teaching” and “internationality” in 2021.

In 2021, Jacobs University participated in the ranking for the first time, and made it into the top 175 universities in the world with its two bachelor and two masters programs in this field. In a German nation-wide comparison, Jacobs even ranked eighth in social sciences.

The University has achieved top results in the international U-Multirank since its inception in 2014. In the 2021 evaluation, the university performed especially well in terms of international orientation, adherence to the standard period of study, research and knowledge transfer, gender balance regarding the transition 
to doctoral studies.

Jacobs University Bremen is one of the most popular universities among researchers from abroad being ranked seventh place among the more than 80 evaluated universities in the Germany- wide comparison. The rankings are based on the number of guest stays by top international researchers and young scientists who have conducted research in Germany as Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellows or award winners over the past five year

In Germany’s most comprehensive and detailed university ranking by the Center for Higher Education (CHE) Jacobs University has also been highly successful every year since its first participation in 2005.
Top scores in the CHE Ranking 2016–2021:
2016 • Biology, Psychology
2017 • Economics, Industrial Engineering
2018 • Geoscience, Political Science, Social Science
2019 • Electrical and Computer Engineering, Psychology
2020 • Global Economics and Management, International Business Administration, Industrial Engineering and Management, Supply Chain Management
2021 • Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Chemistry & Biotechnology, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Robotics & Intelligent Systems, Data Engineering, International Relations: Politics & History, Society, Media & Politics, Geoscience
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Executive Master
  • Doctor of Philosophy
Courses offered
  • International Foundation Year Program (study orientation and preparation)
  • 15 three-year Bachelor’s programs
  • 5 two-year Master’s programs
  • 3 doctoral programs (PhD) as part of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)
  • Customized HR development programs for specialists and managers in various industries
Exchange programs 
Jacobs University offers study exchange programs in conjunction with international partners including Rice University, Washington State University in the USA, Universidad de San Andres in Argentina, Fudan University in China, Technion in Israel and Yamanashi Gakuin University in Japan; it is also involved in the EU exchange program ERASMUS+.
Course fees
Depending on the study program, between €10,000 and €20,000 per academic year Individualized financial aid packages, involving grants, scholarships, and tuition deferrals assist qualified applicants for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in commencing their studies at Jacobs University.
Four colleges on campus as living and work communities for students: