More than ten per cent of Germany’s two million students are international, making Germany one of the most popular destinations to study in the world. English is taught in German schools from an early age and counts as a major second language. Germany has a rich academic tradition dating back to the 14th century. The country values close ties with industry and relies on excellent academic education to drive the economy. Every year thousands of engineers, scientists, economists and other university graduates join or support the efforts of German companies such as Allianz, BMW, Bosch, Daimler, Deutsche Post DHL, SAP, Siemens and Volkswagen. The country also plays a key role in international politics with many diplomatic activities and promotes environmental policies.
Jacobs University is located in the northern part of Bremen, a city with a maritime atmosphere and 1200 years of history. With around half a million people living in Bremen, it is easy to get around the city, which has a high quality of life. The historic market square is famous for Bremen’s mascots, the city musicians from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More than 30,000 students live and study in Bremen and nearby Bremerhaven, which together form the State of Bremen (Bundesland).
There are many restaurants, pubs, clubs, museums, theatres and other places to visit in the city. Bremen is home to the Freimarkt, the oldest funfair in Germany, and the traditional Christmas market is a popular destination not just for locals. The Schlachte area along the river Weser and the Viertel district are known for their vibrant nightlife. Bremen boasts a great cultural life with theatre performances, concerts, festivals and flea markets. You can spend time outdoors, head to the river Weser in summer or catch a band at one of the city’s many clubs and music venues.
Students can take a tour of the entire region. Its location in the centre of Europe makes Bremen an ideal starting point for destinations such as Hamburg, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Brussels and Amsterdam. Bremen is also the only German city to have an international airport just ten minutes’ drive from the city centre.