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O-Week 2018

Orientation Week 2018 will take place from Tuesday, August 28 until Monday, September 3, 2018.

It is absolutely mandatory to attend, so please plan your trip in advance in order to arrive on August 28 between 07:00 to 22:00.

O-Week is designed to assist you, new students, to settle into university life at Jacobs University. Our series of events will introduce you to your academic program, academic advisors, faculty members, fellow students, residential college, campus life, and life off-campus.

With the help of our student advisors, graduate mentors and intercultural trainers, your transition will be informative, fun, and definitely unforgettable.

We are looking forward to seeing you on campus!



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Tue, Aug 28DAY 1: Time to arrive at Jacobs University!
Wed, Aug 29DAY 2: Learn all about our Jacobs University community and your new home away from home. Don’t miss the Campus Tour Rally and the College Social Night!
Thu, Aug 30DAY 3: Everything about study programs, the curricular structure, and policies governing living and working on campus.
Fri, Aug 31DAY 4: Welcome to German bureaucracy – make sure you are safe and legal in all ways. Also: How to find jobs – on campus and after graduation!
Sat, Sep 1DAY 5: Learn where to go off-campus for shopping, dining and more.
Sun, Sep 2DAY 6: Discover our student events and activities. Sign up for social, arts and sports clubs and teams! Spend time with your Host Families!
Mon, Sep 3DAY 7: Annual Opening Ceremony



Social Activities

O-Week will be filled with fun, excitement and many opportunities to make friends for a lifetime:

  • Ice Cream and Speed Friending
  • College Social Night
  • Occupy Campus Green
  • Karaoke
  • IUB Rocks
  • Bremen City Tour
  • Clubbing in Bremen
  • BBQ, Sports and Chill
  • Boat Trip to Bremen City
  • Pub Crawl

Jacobs O-Week Challenge

Welcome, freshies!
An exciting O-Week awaits you – full of many activities, workshops and explorations. We’d like to tag along while you get to know your new surroundings! Enter our giveaway by sharing your experiences while discovering the city of Bremen and our campus.

How to participate?
Simply share your pics on INSTAGRAM and use the hashtag #JacobsOweek18 by Monday, September 3, 2018. This is your chance to win one of three exclusive Jacobs merchandise goodie bags.
The winners will be announced after O-Week!

Terms and conditions apply


Student Advisors & GSA Mentors

Student advisors and GSA mentors are advanced second or third-year students of Jacobs University who will support you by providing help, answering all kinds of questions, direct you to relevant campus services and update you about student activities. Your student advisor will get in touch with you before O-Week.

Hello and welcome freshmen of 2018!

We’re sure you’re all getting excited about starting your first semester here at Jacobs, and ready for some new information! That's where we come in, as the student organizers of Orientation Week (or O-Week for short).
O-Week is your first week on campus, and is considered your introduction to Jacobs. We are here to make sure your first week here is as fun and welcoming as possible. Shortly before your arrival on campus, you will be contacted by a pair of existing students who will be your Student Advisors. These students will also be responsible for several other of your peers, and you will spend much of your O-Week with them.

Your 2018 O-Week Main Organizers,
Marcus (USA ISS 2019) and Sarang (South Korea BCCB 2019)

“Get Excited and Enthusiastic about your own Dream. This excitement is like a forest fire, you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away”- Denis Waitley.

We here at Jacobs are looking forward to all the new Graduates joining us this Fall 2018; all of you will be sharing and experiencing what the above quote talks about.
Each one of you is taking a step forward towards a dream, your dream and we at Jacobs want to assure you that we will be there every step of the way! We share the same enthusiasm 
to meeting you all this Fall!

Jonas Köhling (Germany, PhD Physics) and Juliana Nair (India, Data Engineering 2019)


Airport Pickup

A free shuttle will run on August 28 from Bremen Airport to Jacobs University. Please respond to the Pre-Arrival Information Questionnaire we have sent out via email in order to secure a spot on the shuttle. The shuttle will be in operation between the hours of 07:00 and 22:00. Visit our Welcome Desks at Bremen Airport Terminal 1, or Terminal 2 (for Ryanair) when you arrive for information. If you are arriving in Bremen on a different day, or outside of our operation hours, you will find information on how to get to Jacobs University here.



O-Week starts on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. The registration desk is open from 07:00 to 22:00 where the Admissions Staff will welcome you and give you your welcome package.
Here is a campus map to help you find your way around campus.

Directions to Jacobs University can be found here

If you are travelling by car from the South we recommend to follow the directions provided on this website due to construction in the area.


  • Autobahn 27 direction Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven
  • Exit Bremen-Nord/ Elsfleth
  • At the intersection turn left onto the A 270, direction Elsfleth/ HB-Blumenthal
  • Leave the highway on the exit Bremen-Lesum/Platjenwerbe
  • Turn left onto Rotdornallee, cross the bridge and follow the course of curve after the traffic light After ca. 500 meters turn right onto Schneiderstraße, direction Vegesack/ St. Magnus
  • Follow the course of the road for approx. 2 kilometers until you see the Jacobs University campus on your right side
  • Turn right into Bruno-Bürgel-Straße and drive to Campus Ring



Early Arrival

Please note that August 28 is the earliest arrival date. We cannot offer campus accommodation to students who may need to arrive earlier, but we have prepared a list of Off-Campus Housing Facilities for such cases.


Missing O-Week?

Although it is very important to attend O-Week in person, we do understand that there are justified cases where students cannot arrive in time on campus. If you cannot attend O-Week, please contact campuslife [at]
We will upload materials from our presentations throughout O-Week on this website. Please stay tuned for further updates.


Health Insurance and Bank Account

There will be a dedicated session on August 31, where you will have the chance to sign up for German health insurance and open a bank account. Thus, you can have a relaxed start when your actual lectures begin.

For more information on health insurance in Germany, please refer to this document: Health Insurance – Quick Facts

ATTENTION EU citizens and citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Turkey or Tunisia: Health Insurance – Important Information for EU Students


Exploring Bremen

Will you arrive early to explore your new hometown and neighborhood? Check out the Bremen Tourism website to find all information about where to go and what to see.

O-Week 2017


Special German Bookstore during O-Week

We have organized a pop-up store which will sell German textbooks that you will need in your German courses right on campus for your convenience.

Store location: East Hall 2

Dates and Hours of Operation:

  • Saturday, 1 September, 12:00-18:00
  • Monday, 3 September, 13:00-15:30
  • Wednesday, 5 September, 13:30-15:30

Books for four different German courses will be on sale directly on our campus. Some of the other books can also be ordered on Saturday and Monday, and will be delivered on campus on Wednesday. Please bring CASH to purchase your books. For details regarding books sold, please check here.


Parents Workshop

We offer a workshop for parents of undergraduate students on Aug 29. Meet the Admissions Team, Faculty and Student Support Staff.

Lunch and a campus tour included! 

To register for the parents workshop contact: Ms. Sharon Min

Parents Workshop Flyer