All courses except for language courses are taught in English. Rollins students will be studying alongside German and other international students. All courses are available to visiting students though prerequisities will apply and courses can be over-enrolled, in which case priority may be given to full-time students in the major. Visiting students may take undergraduate courses in the School of Engineering and Science, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the language courses.
Specific academic fields are as follows:
German Politics & Culture Course: Students are required to enroll in this course while at Jacobs. The course is worth 3 US credits. The course will help students familiarize them with various aspects of German society, its politics, history and culture. The class will consist of in-class discussions of readings, events and student presentations. In addition, to the on-campus class, day or weekend excursions will be offered. (included in course cost).
Selecting Your Courses for Credit: For a list of courses typically offered at Jacobs University, consult the course catalogue. If you need additional information for a course, please contact the International Office or contact the major department directly via email. As part of the Jacobs applications, students will list courses they wish to take including at least one German language course and the German Politics & Culture course. Before arrival, please check to see if the courses you listed will indeed be offered. You will have an add/drop period at Jacobs to make changes to your course registration. Students participating in this program must take at least one German language course and the German Politics & Culture course plus 3 or 4 additional courses.
Transfer of Credits: Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete the Jacobs program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from Jacobs University. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.
Students must enroll in 24-30 ECTS credits while at Jacobs and students are required to enroll in one German language course worth 4 ECTS. Therefore most students will take one German course, the German Politics & Culture course plus 3 or 4 more courses worth 5 ECTS credits each. Each course worth 4 or 5 ECTS will translate as 3 credits each at Rollins. Five courses will be 15 credits while six courses will be 18 Rollins credits.
Faculty and Staff: There are about 122 faculty members at Jacobs which translates to a ratio of one faculty member to every ten students. Support and advising for international students is provided by the International Office at Jacobs. Many of the Jacobs’ faculty and staff are German, which increases opportunities for interaction with Germans on campus.
Program availability: Students may study at Jacobs University only during the fall semester. The fall semester lasts from late August to late December.