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  • Locations: Bremen, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, German Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Sophomore Type of Program: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Young-Min Park Academic Focus: Business and Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computing and Informatics
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Program Calendar | Housing | Visa | Cost & Financial Aid | More Information

Drexel in Germany: Jacobs University


About The Program

Jacobs University, located in the city Bremen, is Germany's leading private university and home to more than 1,300 students from over 100 countries. A research-oriented, state-accredited campus university with a broad portfolio of pre-degree, undergraduate and graduate study programs, including natural and social sciences, engineering, etc. All undergraduate programs are taught in English. Extensive extracurricular activities on a vibrant residential campus support and strengthen students' personal development. Jacobs’ objective is to encourage young, talented people, irrespective of nationality, religion, and background in becoming citizens of the world, able to take leading and responsible roles for the future sustainable and peaceful development of humanity.

Drexel students may spend the fall term studying at Jacobs University taking courses in English. The Exchange program completely immerses Drexel students into German education and culture as you take classes with the local German and international students.
Students have the opportunity to experience German culture first hand, join the German Host Family Program and foster their German proficiency in language courses offered in cooperation with the Goethe Institute.

For more information about Jacobs University, please browse their main website. For information about what it means to be an exchange student at Jacobs University, please visit the website of the International Office.

About The City 

The Hanseatic port city of Bremen is located in the northwest of Germany, approximately a 3-4 hour train ride away from both Berlin and Amsterdam. Regarded as one of the most hospitable places in Germany, students will discover wide-ranging access to culture, nature, and industry.  

As a commercial hub on the Weser River, Bremen is home to many food production companies such as Becks, and Anheuser-Busch InBev. It is also a leader in science and technology, serving as the headquarters for Airbus and Mercedez Benz manufacturers, among other noteworthy organizations. 

Bremen maintains an old-world opulence, strewn with gilded houses, renaissance grandeur, vast gardens, and a rich history as a center for sea trade. The Fishing quarter of Schnoor, was the port where many Germans departed for America, and is now where students can find Bremen's famous dish of fried herring on buttered bread. Other attractions include the UNESCO world heritage town hall, the Marktplatz, the Universum and the culture mile full of outstanding museums, cafes and galleries. 


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • This exchange program is open is open to ALL majors, but preference will be given to engineering applicants
  • There is no language prerequisite for participation in this program. Nonetheless, applicants are encouraged to take language courses at Drexel prior to participation in this program. For more information please contact Modern Languages Department at


Course Availability

While Jacobs is open to all Drexel majors, priority will be given to engineering applicants. Please find the programs offered at Jacobs here.

Jacobs course catalogues are located on the following website. (make sure to click on Fall/Spring respectively): The Fall Semester course catalogue usually gets published on March 31st. Please note that the course offering is subject to change until semester begins.

Course Equivalencies

There are currently no pre-approved courses for this program. Please check back in mid-January.

Students are taught and graded by German faculty at the Jacobs. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. The goal is to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel. A full course load at a German school is between 20-30 ECTS credits per semester.

Program Calendar

Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Date Late August 
(before summer term ends)
Program End Date Late December
(before winter term begins)

Students with summer term classes should be prepared to request early finals so they can leave for Germany in late August. Students on Spring/Summer co-op should consult their co-op employers about leaving the co-op a few weeks early. 

Due to the potential need to adjust academic and co-op cycles, students are urged to begin planning 12 months prior to their intended study abroad term.


All undergraduate students are required to live on campus. No individual booking is required, the student housing allocation is done by Jacobs University upon admission to the study abroad program. Each study abroad student is allocated a single room in a two-room apartment and shares a bathroom with a second student (suitemate). In exceptional circumstances, a single room apartment can be requested.


U.S. Citizens are not required to obtain a visa to enter Germany for up to 90 days. However, all students staying in Germany longer than three months need to obtain a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) from their local Immigration Office after their arrival.
All study abroad students who need a visa to enter Germany should apply for a student visa. A visitor’s visa or any other type of visa cannot be changed into a student visa upon arrival to Germany. Visa support is available at It takes six to eight weeks for visa application to be approved.

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).


The Education Abroad Office is awarding a $250 Trailblazing Grant to any student that studies abroad at Jacobs University in Fall 2020!

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.
  • For Language minors only. The College of Arts and Sciences offers Critical Languages Abroad Grants to support study abroad for Drexel University’s minors in critical and less commonly-taught languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and German. Awardees will receive support towards travel and housing while studying abroad to advance their language minor in critical or less commonly taught languages. Grants up to $2,500 will be awarded to eligible students. The amount will vary depending on factors such as country, length of stay, financial aid, and travel costs. Learn More.
  • Drexel students attending Jacobs for the Fall 2020 term will be awarded a grant of $250.00

More Information

Please find the Jacobs Study Abroad Handbook here 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/16/2020
02/18/2020 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.