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  • Locations: Bremen, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

BJU LogoJacobs University Bremen

Jacobs University is a private English-language residential university that attracts exceptional faculty and staff from inside and outside Germany. Its high standards in teaching mean strong professor-student interaction and challenging curricula to push the cutting edge of scientific knowledge. Students are encouraged and expected to interact with their instructors and fellow students, discussing material and deepening their understanding of the field while working both independently and in groups. Jacobs University is one of the most diverse universities worldwide. More than 75% of our students come from outside of Germany. This plurality allows our community to break down cultural barriers and create a community where no one group constitutes a majority.
For additional information, visit the Jacobs University website
The City of Bremen

Founded approximately 1,200 years ago, Bremen is home to more than half a million people. Its most famous landmarks – the town hall and the Roland statue on the historical market square – are UNESCO World Heritage sites. More than 30,000 students attend its two universities and four higher education colleges. There are many restaurants, pubs, clubs, museums, theatres and other venues for students to explore. Bremen is home to the Freimarkt, Germany's oldest fun fair and its traditional Christmas market, is a popular destination – not just for locals.

Did you know…?

Bremen is the only German city that has an international airport within ten minutes of the city center.

Beck’s Brewing calls Bremen home, and produces more than 250 million liters of beer annually. 



The program at Jacobs University is for SEAS students.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Language Prerequisite: No previous study required.

Additional Course Pre-requisite(s): Relevant course background.


Language of Instruction



A full course load at Jacobs University consists of at least 25 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits per semester. One course is typically worth 5 ECTS. Some lab courses can be worth more or less ECTS, depending on the workload. Language courses are worth between 2 and 5 ECTS. 

Students should expect to take 5 courses per semester and are encouraged to take a German language course. Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.

Jacobs University Academic Calendar
Jacobs University Course Catalog
Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.

Courses at Jacobs University are graded on a 1-5 grading scale.

Grades are reported to Penn on the 1-5 scale and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
Jacobs University Grade Penn Grade
1.0 A+
1.33 A
1.67 A-
2.00 B+
2.33 B
2.67 B-
3.00 C+
3.33 C
3.67 C-
4.00 D+
4.33 D
4.67 D-
5.00 F

Special Features

BJU Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by Jacobs University prior to the start of each semester.  More information on Jacobs University’s orientation activities can be found here.

Language Courses

Students who attend Jacobs University are highly encouraged to take a German course during their semester abroad.

Internship Opportunities

While at Jacobs, students are able to use the university’s Career Services Center to seek out internship possibilities.

Host Family Program

BJU Special FeaturesStudents are encouraged to participate in the Jacobs University Host Family Program, which matches Jacobs University students with interested German families living in the surrounding area. While you continue to have full room and board on campus, your host family offers you off-campus contact throughout the semester. You are invited to your host family’s home for dinner, for the weekend, to participate in family outings or just for a cup of tea in town.

Student Associations

Penn students studying at Jacobs University have access to a wide range of student activities and associations. More information can be found here.


BJU Campus
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

All undergraduate students are required to live on campus. There are four residential colleges at Jacobs Universities, which house all the undergraduate students. Each study abroad student gets a single room in a two-room apartment and shares a bathroom with a second student from a different country. All rooms come equipped with a bed, wardrobe, desk and chair. Meals are included in your housing fee.

Information regarding accommodation can be found here.

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.

Budget Sheets

Academic Year

Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

DAAD/German Academic Exchange Service Prizes and Scholarships: Prizes for stays of two to three months in Germany in conjunction with independent senior thesis research, language or other summer course at a German university, internship/practicum at a German institution or company. Scholarships for undergraduate semester or academic year abroad (four to ten months at a German university). Interested students should contact the appropriate Global Programs Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Bremen, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.