Jacobs University's academic preparation year gives you the opportunity to find a major that suits your individual interests and goals and prepares you for an international undergraduate education. Explore different study fields, strengthen your academic skills, and advance your English. As a Foundation Year student, you will take Bachelor’s courses taught by inspiring teachers and gain from early involvement in research and practice.
Discover your potential in our Foundation Year
Our program at a glance:
|Personalized curriculum based on your individual interests and goals|
|One-on-one academic advising|
|Exploration of courses in different disciplines|
|Preparation for an international undergraduate education|
|Guaranteed undergraduate admission to Jacobs University after successful completion of the program|
|Collection and transfer of ECTS credits to undergraduate study program|
|Excellent private university, top-ranked academic programs|
|Promising career prospects thanks to strong professor and alumni networks|
|Unique international environment with students from more than 120 countries|
|Living and learning on a safe campus|
Program Start Date 2020:
last week of August (orientation week), first week of September (classes)
€ 20,000 per academic year
Application Deadlines 2020:
Application Deadlines 2020: June 15 (global) and August 20 (for applicants who do not need a visa)
1 year full-time
THE Young University Ranking 2020: Jacobs University has established itself repeatedly as one of the world's best young universities. For the third year in a row, the private university performed excellently in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Ranking, one of the leading global university comparisons for universities younger than 50. In this year's ranking, Jacobs University took 33rd place out of 414 participating universities worldwide. In a Germany-wide comparison, it is among the 4 best young universities.
Ranking of the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) 2020: Jacobs University achieved top results in several categories of the CHE ranking 2020. As the most comprehensive university ranking system for German-speaking countries, CHE not only assesses study programs but also the perspectives of students themselves.
We train the leaders of tomorrow!
Jacobs University offers outstanding career prospects. Our graduates earn reputable positions in multinational companies around the world, in fields such as IT, consulting, higher education, research, finance, engineering, logistics, and health care. Many alumni also choose to pursue further studies at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, while others meet the global challenges of our time by founding their own start-ups.
|95% of our graduates are employed or pursuing graduates studies|
|Top 10 employers of our graduates: Google, Microsoft, Roche, KPMG, Accenture, Daimler, Barry Callebaut, SAP, Amazon, McKinsey|
|40 start-ups worldwide created by our Alumni|
What our Foundation Year students say
Living on campus allows you to experience the beauty of different cultures. I have made friends with students from all over the world.
Darlina Mamaqi - Albania
The classes are small, our instructors take care of each individual student and help us out if we struggle with the material.
Oleg Borisov - Russia
Gaining insights into an institution like Jacobs University and taking courses from many disciplines has helped me to find myself and to figure out what I want to do with my life.
Emily Waller - Germany
The program allowed me to get to know my strengths and my weaknesses and to recognize my potential.
Göksenin Cakir - Turkey
We are integrated into everyday university life and get a good insight into the life of the students and into the various subjects. It’s now much clearer to me what I want.
Elias Bosch - Germany