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The International Foundation Year Program consists of two semesters. The program is designed as follows:

Core Modules: Mandatory modules that all International Foundation Year students take

Tracks: Students take two modules from one track in their chosen field of studies

Undergraduate Module: All students have the option to take two undergraduate modules (Qualification Pathway: from the chosen field of studies / Orientation Pathway: all modules available)

Schematic Study Plan

Core Modules

The core modules are integral parts of the program and provide you with interdisciplinary basic skills. They are designed to enhance your academic and personal skills.

This module will prepare you for using English in academic settings and conducting research.

Upon joining the program, you will be given a Mathematics placement test which will determine whether you take the basic or advanced route. Both are designed to develop your skills around mathematics and statistics. In the second semester, you will take a specialized math course for your chosen track.

Learn the basics of coding, which is becoming relevant for all study programs, regardless of degree.

This module has been specially designed to enable you to progress on to your undergraduate studies. It focuses on increasing the self-competence and social skills necessary to flourish in a university environment.
It also provides you with general skills which not only pave your way for success academically but which are also skills for life, related to the professional standards required in the world of employment.

Specialized training in the first semester to ace the entrance exam (TestAS) for Jacobs University and guarantee your place in an undergraduate program.
*This module applies only to students who have to take the TestAS as their entrance examination to study at Jacobs University. Students who already hold a German higher education entrance qualification (Abitur or equivalent) do not take this module and choose a language course instead.


Through a combination of core modules and subject-specific study, you will develop the skills you need to succeed at university. Our program offers you three tracks to choose from that act as a pathway to a degree at Jacobs University.

  • Learn how to work within organizations and with other people! This track will qualify you for the Diversity undergraduate programs.

    • The modules:
      Finance and Accounting
    • Diversity undergraduate programs:
      International Business Administration (BA)
      Society, Media and Politics (BA)
      International Relations: Politics and History (BA)
      Integrated Social and Cognitive Psychology (BSc).
  • Prepare yourself to work in a digitalized tech environment! This track will qualify you for the Mobility undergraduate programs.

    • The modules:
      Comp. Systems
      Programming with Python 3
    • Mobility undergraduate programs:
      Industrial Engineering & Management (BSc)
      Mathematics (BSc)
      Computer Science (BSc)
      Electrical and Computer Engineering (BSc)
      Robotics and Intelligent Systems (BSc)
  • Explore our natural world and discover how it works! This track will qualify you for the Health undergraduate programs.

    • The modules:
    • Health undergraduate programs:
      Biochemistry and Cell Biology (BSc)
      Chemistry and Biotechnology (BSc)
      Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (BSc)
      Earth and Environmental Sciences (BSc)
      Physics (BSc)


Undergraduate Transfer Options

The choice is yours! A big variety of undergraduate program courses is open to you. Get a head start on your lectures to experience undergraduate-level courses without any pressure. If you want, you can already earn credit points (ECTS) that are transferable into your future undergraduate studies at Jacobs University.



Undergraduate ProgramModule Name
Integrated Social and Cognitive Psychology
  • Essentials of Cognitive Psychology
  • Essentials of Social Psychology
Society, Media, and Politics
  • Intro to Social Sciences: II Politics and Society
  • Intro to Social Sciences: II Media and Society
International Relations: Politics and History
  • Intro to International Relations
  • Intro to Modern European history
International Business Administration /
Global Economics and Management
  • Intro to International Business
  • Intro to Finance & Accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics


Undergraduate ProgramModule Name
Industrial Engineering & Management
  • General Logistics
  • Gene
  • Intro to Computer Science
  • Intro to robotics & intellegence systems
  • Classic Physics
  • General Electrical Eng I
  • General Electrical Eng II
Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Programming in C and C++
  • Intro to Computer Science
  • Intro to robotics & intellegence systems
  • Classic Physics
  • General Electrical Eng I
  • General Electrical Eng II
Computer Science
  • Programming in C and C++
  • Intro to Computer Science
  • Algorithms & Data Structures
  • Intro to Robotics & Intelligence Systems
  • Analysis
  • Linear Algebra
  • Applied Math


Undergraduate ProgramModule Name
Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • General Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • General & Inorganic Chemistry
  • General Organic Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • General Biochemistry
  • General Cell Biology
  • General Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology
  • General Organic Chemistry
  • Classical Physics
  • Modern Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Intro to Robotics
Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • General Earth and Environmental Science
  • General Geographic Sciences
Meet some of our Foundation Year graduates

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

Ready for your future?


The International Foundation Year prepares you for an undergraduate degree program of your choice at Jacobs University. You have the choice between a big variety of subjects ranging from the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering to the social sciences and economics. Discover your dream program now.

Explore our Degree Programs

To progress directly into your chosen undergraduate degree course at Jacobs University, students from the Qualification Pathway need to successfully complete the International Foundation Year and achieve a minimum score on the entrance exam (TestAS).


Dates at a glance

Semester datesArrivalStart of teachingEnd of teachingExam weeksWeeks
Fall, 202226 August 20221 September 20227 December 202212 – 22 Dec 202214+1
Spring, 2023- 1 February 202312 May 202317 – 30 May 202314+1

Let’s get in contact

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