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  • Locations: Bremen, Germany
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language(s) of Instruction: English Min GPA: 2.8
Housing Options: Dormitory Program Instructor: TBD
Academic Area: Engineering
Program Description:

Continue your engineering studies in Bremen, Germany

The Jacobs University-Lafayette partnership is one of Lafayette College's signature programs, specifically developed to accommodate Engineering students. Students typically participate in the program during the spring semester of their sophomore year. The program is led by a rotating Lafayette faculty resident director and students have the option of taking the course taught by the resident director in addition to courses offered at Jacobs University.

Occasionally, when spots are available, the program might be open to non-Engineering students as well. 

To apply to this program, please see the Engineering Abroad Program Brochure Page.

Spring 2019 Faculty Leader: Professor Katalin Fabian



Students pay Lafayette tuition and room/board and continue to receive financial aid (with exception of RA benefits and work-study hours). Included in this cost is:
  • Round-trip group flight from local area airport (typically Newark Airport)
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Jacobs meal plan
  • Two international excursions
  • Several day-long trips and cultural events
  • Emergency medical and safety insurance through On Call International

Typical expenses not included in program costs include but are not limited to: transportation between home and airport for group flights, additional baggage fees for flights, passport and visa/residency permit fees, some meals during excursions, books and supplies, additional course fees (i.e. course-related trips outside of the German Politics and Culture course, lab fees, museum fees), overload courses, and personal expenses.


About the Location

Jacobs University
Jacobs University is a private English-language residential university, distinguished by its international orientation and highly selective admission based on the candidates’ academic and personal potential. Jacobs' goal is to prepare the leaders of tomorrow to responsibly meet global challenges.

Bremen, Germany
Jacobs University is located in the northern districts of the city of Bremen. Founded approximately 1,200 years ago, the Hanseatic city of Bremen is home to half a million people. It is the 10th largest city in Germany and together with the nearby town of Bremerhaven represents the smallest state (Bundesland) in the country. Its most famous landmarks – the town hall and the Roland statue on the historical market square – are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Bremen’s world-famous mascots are the Town Musicians from the Brothers Grimm fairytale.



Required Course
German Culture and Politics is the program's required course and is taught by Jacobs University faculty. The program excursions are linked to the course content. This course has fulfilled the GM2 CCS requirement.

Elective Courses
Courses work a little differently in universities outside of Lafayette. Students are expected to take and transfer a full load of credits back to Lafayette. Engineering-related courses (i.e. Differential Equations, Electrical Circuits) are offered at Jacobs as well as courses outside of engineering, and all students on this program are required to enroll in the German Politics and Culture course. Students should consult with their academic adviser to be sure they are selecting the study abroad program with the best academic fit.

You can find the Jacobs course catalog here.

Credit Transfer
Students typically take four or five courses while studying on the Lafayette Engineering in Bremen program. The course taught by the resident director counts as 1 Lafayette credit. Most courses at Jacobs also count for 1 Lafayette credit, but students should confirm transfer of credit with the appropriate Department Head/Registrar. Note that the German language courses at Jacobs typically count as 0.5 Lafayette credits but can be supplemented with additional work in order to count for 1 full Lafayette credit (please contact the Office of International & Off-Campus Education for more information).

The German Politics and Culture course has been pre-approved to transfer back to Lafayette. As well, many engineering-related courses have been pre-approved to transfer back to Lafayette. However, not all engineering-related/math courses at Jacobs are approved, so students should confirm with the engineering department to make sure a course will work for their academic timeline. All other non-engineering-related courses must be approved to transfer back to Lafayette via the Course Approval process. You can learn more about Course Approval here.



Students are housed in a dormitory on the campus of Jacobs University. 
Jacobs University


Multi-day excursions
Included in tuition is the cost of two international excursions that are part of the required German Politics and Culture class. Previous destinations included St. Petersburg, Russia, and Brussels, Belgium. There will also be an included overnight excursion to Berlin and one to another destination in Germany (e.g., Helgoland Island). Participation in these excursions is mandatory.



At this time students traveling on a US passport do not need a visa to enter Germany. Once in country, students will be required to acquire a German residency permit. Jacobs will guide students through this process. Fees for this permit are the responsibility of the student.

At this time students traveling on a non-US passport may need a visa to enter Germany. Please reach out to for further instructions and advice. While the Office of International & Off-Campus Education works to support students through the visa process, the office staff are not visa experts and it is the responsibility of the student to obtain the appropriate visa and documentation. Fees for visas are the responsibility of the student.


To apply to this program, please see the Engineering Abroad Program Brochure Page.

The preceding is subject to change without notice.  Updated October 15, 2018.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.