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Jacobs University Bremen
Bremen, Germany


University description (as per official university website)

Jacobs University is a highly selective, international, independent, residential university. Excellence and transdisciplinarity, diversity and community, and leadership and values are the pillars of a Jacobs education.

We are committed to:

academic excellence and the creation of knowledge
transdisciplinary research and teaching
ethnic, socio-economic and gender diversity
intercultural respect and global citizenship
environmental responsibility and sustainable campus practices
promoting an entrepreneurial spirit
paving the way for careers in the private sector, public service and academia
creating a worldwide community of lifelong learning

Private, independent university, registered as a not-for-profit organization
Independent board of governors: sets overall policies
The president, who heads the institution, is hired by the board of governors
The primary language of instruction and campus communication is English

1999 (three major entities facilitated its founding: the city-state of Bremen, the University of Bremen, Rice University in Houston, Texas)

Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Germany (population: 560,000)
Campus: 30 hectares / 80 acres, 17 kilometers / 10 miles from the city center
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Accreditation and Assessment
1999 State approval by the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
2001 accredited by the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wisschenschaftsrat)
2001 positively assessed by the Donor´s Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanties in Germany (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft)
2004 Accreditation of all undergraduate programs by the German Accreditation Council (Agency ACQUIN)
2006 Winner of the national »Key Qualifications plus« competition of the Mercator Foundation and the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany
2006 Declaration of the 200-million-euro Jacobs Foundation Investment, one of the largest donations in Europe ever made by a private foundation to a university
2008 reaccreditation by the German Council of Science and Humanities for the next 10 years

Enrollment (2009/2010)
Undergraduates: 675
Graduates: 579
Total: 1254 (representing 98 nations)

Faculty and Staff
117 professors plus 201 research and instructional personnel.
Student-faculty ratio: 11:1
Staff: 137

Residental Colleges
All undergraduates live on-campus in Alfried Krupp College, Mercator College, College III, and in College Nordmetall (total of 900 rooms)

Academic Offerings
19 undergraduate programs
19 graduate programs
The School of Engineering and Science, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development offer multiple doctoral programs

Exchange Programs
Student exchange with Rice University, Washington State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Thammasat University and Lafayette College; participation in European exchange program »ERASMUS«

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Executive Master / Master of Business Administration, Doctor of Philosophy

Tuition and Fees
Undergraduate students: 18.000€ / year plus room and board (500€ / month)
Graduate students: up to 20.000 € / year (according to program)
Admission to Jacobs University Bremen is »need-blind«. A system of scholarships, grants, and loans enables every admitted applicant for a bachelor program to study at Jacobs University.

Annual Budget
(Fiscal year 2008)
Total assets 2008: 178 Mio €
Equity ratio: 43,6%
Capital assets: 158 Mio €

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Lillian Moller Gilbreth Scholarship

Harvard-Smithsonian Postdoctoral and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Predo

Japan Studies Dissertation Workshop

Hauser Global Scholars Program

Need-Based Grants

Gwendolen M Carter/PAS-NU Fellowships

Internship in Environmental Education

Internships for Astronomical Research

Howard Heinz Social and Public Policy Fellowships

MASWE Memorial Scholarship

Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship

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Frank M Chapman Memorial Fund

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Catherine H Beattie Fellowship for Conservation Horticulture


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