Germany: Jacobs University

The Jacobs University program offers students the opportunity to directly enroll at a prestigious international university in Northern Germany.

Experience Germany!

With your new friends from Jacobs, you'll explore the charming small city of Bremen and its many restaurants, shops and parks.

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Overview

Participants in the program are fully integrated at Jacobs University—they live in residence halls on campus, take courses with Germans and other international students, and are able to take advantage of all the activities and services offered through the University. A semester at Jacobs is an excellent fit for students who are studying business, the natural sciences, the social sciences and, of course, German language and German culture. Both semesters, there is a core course that includes activities and excursions in Germany and Europe at no additional cost--the fall semester core course is focused on European healthcare and welfare systems and the spring semester is focused on German politics and culture. Prior to the start of the fall semester program, students will enroll in a no-credit intensive month-long German language program through the Goethe Institut on campus.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Exceptional Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: Materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • The spring semester at Jacobs University is only open to students who do NOT meet the German language prerequisite for Junior Year in Munich (2 years of German language at the college-level).
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Deadlines

  • Spring 2018 Deadline: October 2, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Fall 2017

  • Aug 29 - Sept 3: Jacobs Orientation
  • Sept 4: First Day of Classes
  • Oct 23 - 24: Reading Days
  • Dec 8: Last Day of Classes
  • Dec 9 - 22: Exam Period
  • Dec 23: Program End Date

Spring 2018

  • Late January (exact dates TBD): Orientation
  • Feb. 1: First Day of Classes
  • Mar. 26-Apr. 2: Spring Break
  • May 16: Last Day of Classes
  • May 17-June 2: Exam Period
  • June 3: Program End Date

Getting There

Flight & Orientation

Students are responsible for booking their own flight.  There is a small airport in Bremen which receives flights from many European hubs.  Alternatively, students can fly to Frankfurt and take a train to Bremen.  During the Orientation Week (O-Week), students will be introduced to the services available to them at Jacobs, explore the campus and the city of Bremen. In addition, students will receive important information about how to register for classes, apply for a residence permit, purchase health insurance (if required) and other university processes. The International Office provides student support throughout the semester, but students can also access regular student services on campus like the Counseling Center.

Visa

U.S. citizens are not required to get a visa pre-departure but are required to obtain a Resident Permit once in Germany.  Staff at Jacobs will assist students with this process. Students need to show proof of having 1770 euros in the bank as part of the Resident Permit process. For more information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page

Academic Information

Goethe Institut (Bremen)

In the fall semester, you'll begin your semester at the Goethe Institut Bremen by taking an immersive German language course for four weeks prior to the start of the semester at Jacobs Univ.. Goethe is Germany’s official cultural institute, and is active worldwide. It promotes the study of German both at home and abroad and encourages international cultural exchange. The Institut can accommodate language learners of all levels, from beginning to advanced and offers the perfect combination of language training, cultural learning, and leisure time.

Jacobs University

Established in 2001, Jacobs University is Germany’s first private, international university. The academic programs emphasize a global and interdisciplinary approach. Just over 1,300 students attend Jacobs; approximately half are international students representing over 111 countries. Jacobs has partnerships with a number of US institutions, including Rice University and Carnegie Mellon University. Courses are available in a wide range of fields including the sciences, business, political science, psychology, global health, international relations, computer science, humanities, and mathematics. Nearly all courses are offered in English. 

Courses

All courses except for the Goethe Institut and semester language courses are taught in English. Students on this program will take a German language course, the Jacobs University core course (European Healthcare and Welfare Systems in the fall and German Politics and Culture in the spring) and two to four other courses of their choosing. The required German language course is worth 4 ECTS and the core course is worth 5 ECTS. Therefore most students will take two or three more courses worth 5 ECTS each. Each course worth 4 or 5 ECTS will translate as 3 credits each at Rollins.

Rollins students will be studying alongside German and other international students. All courses are available to visiting students though prerequisites will apply and courses can be over-enrolled, in which case priority may be given to full-time students in the major. Visiting students have access to all the undergraduate courses including courses in sciences, math, computer science, business, social sciences and more. 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.  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.

Navigating the Course Catalog

There are multiple options to search for classes that best match your major.  The simplest method is to select the correct term and then select one of the main tracks within the undergraduate curriculum: Health, Mobility, and Diversity.  You can also select sub-fields within those main tracks to see more specific options. You should also be sure to search under the sub-fields within "Jacobs Track and Transdisciplinary Offerings" since many of the courses in this area are a good fit for a range of Rollins majors.  This is also where the language courses are listed.

Transfer of Credit

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 program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from Jacobs University. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

Housing & Meals

Housing

For the intensive language program, students will live with hosts in Bremen. For the semester, students live in residence halls with German and other international students in one of the four undergraduate colleges: Alfred Krupp College, Mercator College, College 3, and College Nordmetall. Each college houses between 200 and 300 students and has a faculty member, who lives in the college with students with his/her spouse, serves as the college master. Each college forms a unique residential community within the larger university.  Activities and events are sponsored by the colleges and help to develop the sense of community, while also providing international students with excellent opportunities to meet and mix with their fellow students.  Rooms are singles with the bathroom usually being shared by two students. Students are strongly encouraged to not bring bedding with them, rather purchase a new bed-set on arrival, as bed sizes differ country to country. For more information about the housing, peruse the Jacobs University accommodation website. Each college has a student lounge, game and TV rooms, pool tables, quiet study area and a meeting room. In addition, a laundry room with washers and dryers, a bike storage unit and a party zone are found in each college.

Meals

Each College serves three meals per day in their dining hall. Also, there are kitchens in each corridor if you wish to purchase groceries and prepare food outside the dining hall. You don’t have to eat just in your college; you can eat at any of the four colleges on campus. Students use their personal Jacobs University Campus Card to purchase meals on campus.

Student Life

Activities

During the fall semester, students will enroll in "European Healthcare and Welfare Systems" and will engage in a series of included activities and excursions including opportunities to connect with healthcare professionals in Bremen and visit Brussels, the seat of the European Union.  During the spring semester, students will enroll in "German Politics and Culture" and will engage in a series of activities and excursions including visiting Berlin and St. Petersburg.

Jacobs offers students a variety of means to become involved on campus. The Campus Activities & Intercultural Affairs (CAIA) department coordinates activities on campus to bring students together. Activities include sports, arts, student government and a wide variety of clubs. You can find out more about what specific activities and events are offered by visiting the Campus Activities Portal.  Students at Jacobs can also take advantage of the activities and events in the city of Bremen.

Host Family Program

Students have the opportunity to participate in Jacob University’s Host Family Program which pairs students with local Germany families. Host families might invite you to their home for dinner, include you in a family outing, or just join you for an afternoon coffee.  This program is a fabulous way to get a taste of day-to-day German life and meet locals who can introduce you to Bremen and the surrounding areas.  Past students have had incredibly positive experiences with their host families and have found this aspect of the program to be a real highlight.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition and administration, housing, meals, health and emergency insurance, local transportation, and orientation program

Does not include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,800 (estimate)
  • Visa fee: $100 (estimate)
  • Personal expenses and course materials: $800 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary but an average estimate is $1,200 - $2,000
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad. Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during the normal semester. If you are unable to make it at these times, email, call or stop by to set up an appointment. We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program. These are students who have completed a study abroad program and would be happy to share their experiences with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.

Please Note: This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email Mike Rainaldi to schedule an appointment. Walk-in advising is for informational purposes only.