Search form

copyright photographer Tianhong Zhang

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 1,500


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 Academic Year, Fall Semester
over 1,500 students from more than 120 countries incl. visiting/exchange students
Preparatory programs: 65 students
Bachelor programs: 1015 students
Master programs: 230 students
PhD programs: 247 students
434 employees, of these:
62 professors
187 researchers and lecturers
Jacobs University occupies top places in respected university rankings year after year.

Jacobs University ranks among the 25 percent of the best universities worldwide.

Jacobs University ranks 26th out of 351 participating universities from 60 countries. In a worldwide comparison, Jacobs University achieved an outstanding 11th place in the category "Teaching" and is among the top 25 young universities in the world in the category "Research".

Jacobs University is the only German university to be represented in the worldwide ranking of the best small universities, taking an excellent tenth place.

The University has achieved top results in the international U-Multirank since its inception in 2014.

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 2015–2020:
2015 • Geoscience, Computer Science, Physics, Political Science
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
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Executive Master
  • Doctor of Philosophy
Courses offered
  • Foundation Year Program (international 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, Carnegie Mellon University in the USA, 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 €28,000 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.