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Bachelor's programs offered entirely in English.
Master's programs offered entirely in English.

Why should I study here?

The primary language of instruction and campus communication at Jacobs is English. Though it is an international, not American, school Rice University was one of the founders when it opened in 2001.  Jacobs is a residential campus, with all undergraduates living on campus.

What are the admissions criteria?

Applications are due by July 20th for international students who do not require a visa to enter and study in Germany, including  Jacobs allows prospective students to use the common application. Two recommendations, transcripts, and SAT or ACT scores are required. Applicants also need to include a photocopy of their passport. The application deadline for students who require a visa is June 1st with an early decision and action dates of November 1st, December 1st, and February 1st. For more information on non-US admissions requirements, please see the "Jenn Says" section for this entry. 

What is student life like?

Given the unique residential campus, there are many ways to get involved with other students.  Jacobs has over thirty student clubs and societies, including those that deal with the theater, the arts, culture, Model UN, debate, and many more.  There are fitness facilities and playing fields on campus as well as recreational sports teams and official university leagues.

Scholarships & Funding

Applicants of any nationality who submit a complete application via Common App will automatically be considered for a partial entrance scholarship from Jacobs University or an external scholarship (sponsored by Jacobs Alumni and various companies). Details are available here.

Housing options.

All undergraduates are required to live on campus at Jacobs.  Room and board are 500 euros a month and include a single bedroom, shared bath with one other student, utilities, and three meals a day. Each residence hall has its own dining room, recreational lounge, study area, and common room.

Dining information

There is a coffee bar, three cafeterias, and a cafe on campus. Three meals a day are included in the room and board fee of 500 euros a month.

Additional notes.

I recently heard from a parent whose reports about Jacob were cause for concern. They changed the type of curriculum (from American diploma to German Schuler) and none of the 1st year students were told beforehand.  This affects the student's degree choices and condenses the content of some courses (which used to be 2 or 3-semester courses, now rolled into 1 semester).  What I find most concerning is the lack of communication from the school to the students about this-particularly given the direct impact it has on their study choices.

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