Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany
As contributed by Anna Boyd, Admissions Counselor at Jacobs University, and featured in the Undergraduate Newsletter, April 2010 issue (available here).
Jacobs University Bremen is a U.S.-like school in Germany modeled on Rice University, TX.
Jacobs University Bremen: A campus that considers the world home
March has come and in blossoming trees and bushes you find red and white bands everywhere. But wait...you are not in Romania , not even in one of its neighboring countries where it is common to also find Martisors. No, you are in Germany - to be precise on the campus of Jacobs University Bremen. Now you might think that this is strange, but not if you know what Jacobs is about:
Jacobs is a small but very international campus in northern Germany. Founded by the public Universtät Bremen (Germany) and Rice University, Houston Texas (USA) nine years ago as the International University Bremen (IUB), the rule was to have a maximum of 25% of the student population to be German and having the rest represent as many different countries worldwide as possible. Now after a name change to Jacobs University in 2007, our 1200 students represent nearly 100 different nations all around the world!
To learn more about Romanian applicants and their background, on March 15 we organized a social event at the Hilton in Bucharest , where prospective students of Jacobs University Bremen and their families, together with the supportive FEAC staff, met our representative and discussed the opportunities of an American-like education in a European setting.
From the beginning Romanians were always present at Jacobs and actually were amongst the top 5 countries represented. Currently Romania is at No. 2 after Germany with about 100 students on campus. This is why you will find Martisors on our campus but you will also findpeople celebrating New Year in February – well, the Chinese New Year to be precise. At Jacobs we value all different traditions and celebrations from Easter, Indian Dewali, American Thanksgiving, Samba Carnival to Ramadan and Eid. But we also have our own events such as CID (Country Information Days), our yearly Model UN conference BRIMUN (www.brimun.org), the Intercontinental Football Tournament (ICFT) and the International Fair.
In addition to events like these, there are many social and athletic clubs on campus such as the Eastern European Dance Club. Many, such as the Linux Club, the Public Relations Club, The Business Entrepreneurship and Management Society (BEaMS), Magic: The Gathering Club, the Cult Screen Society, the Football Club, and the Ballroom Dance Club have been founded or are chaired by Romanians. So you can see that campus life is important at Jacobs as all 650 undergraduate students live in single rooms on campus. By sharing the bathroom facilities with a second person from a different country they can experience a truly international community in each of our four residential colleges – making Jacobs their home away from home!
Academically, Jacobs is a research-focused university with a transdisciplinary, liberal-arts approach allowing students to choose their major at the beginning of the second year. Our 18 three-year Bachelor's programs offer a high academic standard in the fields of natural, life and computer sciences, electrical engineering as well as psychology, international social sciences and intercultural humanities. From this year, Jacobs offers two new programs: Global Economics and Management - an international business degree with social science aspects and Integrated Environmental Studies – covering the natural sciences as well as political aspects. We have also enhanced our International Logistics program – offering a combined management and engineering degree. You can find details on all courses at www.jacobs-university.de/ undergraduate-programs. Jacobs' three-year degrees have the same content as the four-year American Bachelor's, which means on average more courses per semester but with great support due to our faculty to student ratio of 1:11.
About 70% of our graduates then continue with a Master or PhD either in one of Jacobs' 15 Graduate programs or at top universities around the world such as Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, Oxford and Cambridge.
With many Romanians on campus and in our worldwide Alumni network, there are many success stories to tell. Probably one of the most known Romanian alumni from Jacobs Univeristy is Aurora Simionescu. She received the special "The Person of The Year" award from the newspaper Cotidianul and the television station "Realitatea TV" in Romania. Aurora graduated from Jacobs with a Bachelor of Science in Earth and Space Science in 2005 and then did her PhD at the Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany. The award was given for her work on "Detection of hot gas in the filament connecting the clusters of galaxies Abell 222 and Abell 223" published in "Astronomy and Astrophysics" in 2008.
Jacobs follows an American-styled application process with a college essay, recommendations, transcripts, SAT and TOEFL/IELTS required (www.jacobs-university.de/undergraduate-admission) and deadlines on Dec. 1, Feb. 15 and June 15. Actually all students applying for Fall 2011 and later will be able to apply to Jacobs through the US Common Application system.
Jacobs is committed to providing financial support to all students and currently does so for about 90%. All admitted Undergraduate applicants will be automatically considered for a scholarship. These are based on the same requirements as the application for admittance, so there is no additional application for a scholarship. Scholarships can cover up to the full tuition of € 18.000 per year and room & board for living and eating on campus of approx. € 500 per month for all three years of your degree. We also advise students to apply for Financial Aid (www.jacobs-university.de/finances). The Student Financial Services Office will put together a package consisting of what your parents can pay towards your studies, a tuition postponement (like a student loan) and either a grant or a partial scholarship, if you receive one.
PowerPoint presentation on U.S. and European education & admissions at Jacobs
As presented by Anna Boyd, Admissions Counselor at Jacobs University, during a FEAC online session in Fall 2011.
My fulbright experience
Students at the advising center