Jacobs University
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Jacobs University

Spread across a 90-acre campus in the city of Bremen, Jacobs University is one of the leading universities in Germany offering courses in Life Sciences. It was recently ranked number one in Life Sciences in the German CHE Rankings.

The university opened in 2001, as a private, independent educational institution and employs English as the primary language of instruction and communication on campus. The university has a robust scientific faculty, which includes 127 professors and nearly 250 research and instructional personnel. A healthy student-teacher ratio of 10:1 permits an enriching learning experience.


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Encouraging diversity and internationalization, more than 75 percent of students at the university are from outside Germany. The university offers top science programs, interdisciplinary education and early research opportunities to international students from more than 100 countries.

Jacobs University places particular emphasis on strong faculty-student interaction and a curriculum that encourages independent thinking and ideas. Discussions and group studies, as well as individual projects, encourage students to be team players as well as independent individuals. State-of-the-art facilities and cutting edge scientific knowledge make Jacobs a great place to study the Life Sciences. The university aims to find practical solutions to problems faced by the contemporary world. Areas of focus at Jacobs University include Energy and Environment; Food, Water and Health; among many others. Interdisciplinarity is strongly emphasized and students are encouraged to look past the boundaries of their field and learn across academic fields.

Students can choose from various specialisations in Natural and Environmental Sciences and Life Sciences. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, Biotechnology and many more fields of focus are on offer at the undergraduate level.

One of the most interesting courses is the Biochemistry and Cell Biology Bachelor’s Degree Program (BCCB). It is one of the undergraduate programs offered by the university’s School of Engineering and Science and explores the mechanisms of life. The program relates to many aspects of our lives such as metabolism, aging, drug development, genetic counseling, in-vitro fertilization, forensics, and crime scene investigation. By combining two of the most important areas in contemporary molecular life sciences — Biochemistry and Cell Biology – the BCCB program’s highlights include strong emphasis on practical education, work-ready graduates and state-of-the-art research.

The program opens up a variety of career options in academia as well as industry. It offers cooperation with New York University for Summer School and guided research which includes participation in ongoing research projects makes this a very sought-after program.


Graduate Programs
The university offers a number of MSc and PhD programs in a range of areas in Life Sciences. MSc and PhD programs are offered in Marine Microbiology, and Polar and Marine Research. An integrated MSc-PhD program in Nanomolecular Sciences is also available.

One of the most unique courses on the menu is the MSc program MoLife – The Molecular Life Science. MoLife offers students different specialization areas such as Cellular & Molecular Biology, Computational Biology, Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Biotechnology and Molecular Genetics. The program approaches major global challenges such as health, water and food, energy and materials. MoLife is also a research centre at the university. MoLife research had more than 250 publications in peer-reviewed international journals in 2009-2010.

The university is home to 1,335 students representing 112 countries. The university has partnerships with Rice University, Washington State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Thammasat University and Lafayette College for student exchange programs. It also participates in the European exchange program, ERASMUS.

Campus Life
The university is situated in Bremen, which is the smallest state in Germany. Close to the North Sea, Bremen is known for its shipping industry and is popular as a centre of trade and commerce. Numerous restaurants, pubs, theatres and museums are available for students to explore. Bremen is a true university town with 25,000 students attending its three universities – the Hochschule Bremen, the University of Bremen and, of course, Jacobs University.


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The university itself is home to four residential colleges – Alfried Krupp College, Mercator College, College 3 and College Nordmetall. All Foundation Year and undergraduate students live and study in these colleges, ensuring guaranteed safe and comfortable accommodation for new arrivals. Graduate students have the option to live off-campus if they desire. University housing provides everything a student needs for work, rest and play, and is the perfect place for students to meet new people and experience a variety of different cultures.

Jacobs University takes a holistic view on education and has a keen focus on encouraging students to grow outside the classroom. Whether interested in arts, sports or politics, there is something at Jacobs University for everyone.

The Campus Activities and Intercultural Affairs department (CAIA) is the platform for all campus activities. Whether it is the Host Family Program; events for arts, sports and community; or student government or services, CAIA offers the necessary support. In addition, students are offered counseling services and are advised on how to face new academic and social challenges at the Counselling Centre.

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