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The Foundation Year Program

Design your own Foundation Year learning experience, based on your individual academic background and your personal goals.

Planning and preparing for your academic future is an important step. Join Jacobs University’s Foundation Year program to explore different fields of study and to acquire academic learning skills before starting your bachelor’s degree. Based on your individual academic background and your needs and goals, you can design your own Foundation Year learning experience. As a Foundation Year student you can attend undergraduate courses from various fields of study and choose between different types of preparatory classes to improve your academic skills.


With the support of an academic advisor and the Foundation Year team, you design your own curriculum that will help you to reach your personal goals. During the program you can choose courses from the following areas:


    As a Foundation Year student you can participate in all undergraduate classes offered at Jacobs University and explore different fields of study:
    • Mobility
    • Health
    • Diversity

    Learn more about our undergraduate program here.

    Get an impression of various fields of study and prepare for them with semester courses exclusively designed for Foundation Year students:
    • Statistics
    • Sciences & Engineering
    • Business & Social Sciences
    • Psychology
    • Environmental Sciences
    • German Politics & Culture

    Boost your academic English with the following courses:
    • Academic English
    • Advanced Academic English
    • Advanced Academic English for Scientists and Engineers
    • Reading, Thinking and Writing

    You will join the courses that suit your language level.

    Enhance your future career and study skills by joining personal skills workshops offered regularly during the program. You will have the chance to develop your own personal success plan.

    We offer intensive SAT training during the Foundation Year and are a registered test center. The SAT is an entrance requirement to Jacobs University and many universities worldwide. Students who hold a German Abitur are exempted from taking the test.

    Choose from the following courses to extend your foreign language skills:
    • German
    • Spanish
    • French
    • Mandarin

For more detailed information on the study program, just download our Foundation Year handbook.

Apply Now for Foundation Year