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The Foundation Year

A preparatory year that perfectly combines an excellent academic program and exciting campus life.

Planning and preparing for your international academic and professional future is an important step. Join Jacobs University’s Foundation Year program to explore different fields of study, strengthen your academic skills and advance your English before starting your Bachelor’s degree. Based on your individual academic background, goals, qualifications, and challenges, you and your personal academic advisor design your individualized Foundation Year learning experience - to reach your personal goals. Discover your potential!


Why choose the Foundation Year?

Personalize your curriculum with your very own academic advisor
Explore different disciplines
Advance academic English and interpersonal skills
Attain transferable ECTS credits
Live and learn on a safe campus
Join a unique and vibrant international community

Apply for your Foundation Year now

To apply, please use the fast track and participate in our Admission Days from July 4th until August 1st for a simplified application process. That allows you to apply and receive your admission on the same day – on campus or online!

Register for the admission days 2020


We offer appointments for your personal admissions talk between July 4 and August 1, 2020.

Please register for your preferred date and also let us know in the comments if there is a different date that would suit you.

The time slots are as follows:
Tuesday & Thursday: 2:00-4:00 pm (CEST)
Wednesday & Friday: 10:00am-12:00pm (CEST)
Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (CEST)

After successful submission of the registration form, you will receive an email with your personal timeslot.
We only offer a limited number of interviews, so register as soon as possible.


If you have further questions or concerns regarding the dates, please contact us:

Phone: +49 421 200 4200
E-Mail: zulassungstag [at]

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High school diploma or school transcripts from the past two years (if you do not have your final diploma yet). The diploma needs to be equivalent to the German general higher education entry qualification!
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.

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What our Foundation Year students say

Foundation Year Web Sessions

Did you miss the chance to join a live web session? No problem. Check out our recordings now and find out why an academic gap year in Germany is a great option, why other students chose our Foundation Year, how to apply, and more.


  • Does COVID-19 have you worried about what to do after high school? Here are some of the top reasons an academic gap year in Germany is a great option right now.
  • Sorry you missed this session. Click here for the recording:
  • Is the Foundation Year the right fit for you? Discover why our students chose this program at Jacobs University.
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  • The Foundation Year curriculum: a flexible and customized program to fit your goals.
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  • Step by Step - start, complete and submit your Foundation Year application.
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Let’s get in contact

Do you have questions or would you like to be consulted personally? We are happy to help you with your inquiry. Leave us a message or contact us directly:

Magali Pantobe
Recruitment Counselor

Whatsapp / WeChat: +49 151 142 67 805
Tel: +49 (421) 2004313
Skype: foundationyear
Email: foundationyear [at]