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International Foundation Year, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Bremen, Germany
The International Foundation Year at Jacobs University offers both, orientation and specialization possibilities in the fields of engineering and computer sciences, natural and life sciences, social sciences as well as economics and management.
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The International Foundation Year Program is offered at Jacobs University.

The possibility to participate in undergraduate courses from different academic fields enables you to benefit from a wide range of orientation possibilities. Next to the academic component, specially designed Foundation Year courses and workshops will guide you towards making an informed decision about your future career and will help you to improve your academic skills. 

According to your needs and interests you can choose your focus and design your individual schedule.

10 reasons to join the Foundation Year:

  • Get ready for university: Sharpen your academic skills, try out undergraduate courses and enhance your personal skills
  • Orientation: Explore different fields of study. Choose between orientation opportunities in economics and management, social sciences and history, natural and life sciences, and engineering and computer sciences.
  • 4 year option: The Foundation Year enables students a smooth transition into a German Bachelor degree. The 1+3 year option combines the Foundation Year with undergraduate studies.
  • Our unique campus: Spend a year on a campus in Germany that is home to students from more than 100 countries
  • Perfect your academic English: All courses at Jacobs University are taught in English. During Foundation Year we offer specialized and individual Academic English Courses.
  • SAT training and test: Prepare for the SAT during the Foundation Year. Jacobs University is a registered test center for the SAT.
  • Academic Advising: Our academic advisors and experienced instructors provide professional guidance in your transition to undergraduate studies.
  • Individual Approach: Profit from personal academic advising, career counseling, and an individualized academic curriculum that you can adapt to your own interests and needs. Enjoy small class sizes, individual assistance and state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Transferable ECTS Credits points: The program enables you to attend regular undergraduate courses and to collect ECTS credit points that you can transfer to your future study program.
  • Guaranteed Admission: Students who successfully complete the Foundation Year receive guaranteed admission to all undergraduate programs at Jacobs University.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • The admission process for Fall intake begins on October 15 and closes latest on August 15. 
    • Students who require a visa for Germany should apply by June 15.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Undergraduate Choice Module
  • Interdisciplinary Module
  • Methods Module
  • Skills Module
  • Test Preparation Module
  • German Module

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • the online application form
  • a short motivation statement
  • your high school transcripts
  • a reference letter from a teacher or a counselor
  • a proof of English language proficiency (minimum score 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23004 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    23004 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Bremen

  • 738 - 1110 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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