Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply to more than one institution?

Yes, you can.

How many institutions can I apply to?

A maximum of three.

 If I apply to more than one institution, must I submit more than one motivation letter?

Yes. Treat each application as what it is – its own application. Applying to multiple study abroad destinations will necessitate multiple applications and therefore multiple motivation letters.

Why do I still pay tuition while studying abroad?

It is standard protocol that the home institution receives tuition and that the receiving institution waives tuition in an exchange partnership.

Can I study abroad in my country of origin?

No. A semester abroad should entail new cultural experiences and these are hardly found in a semester abroad back home.

Why must I have a (Jacobs) GPA of 2.0 or better in order to study abroad?

Many of our partner universities have certain entry requirements which we must respect. Moreover, a change in educational system, language, culture, and setting requires a good academic standing in order to spend a successful semester abroad.

Nonetheless, students with a GPA of 2.00 – 2.67 are still encouraged to apply; however, a nomination to study abroad cannot be guaranteed as it is subject to partner’s admission regulations.

 Do I need to apply for Erasmus funding separately?

No. You can indicate the amount you would like to receive from us, and we decide which funding scheme to use.

Where can I find a full list of exchange institutions?

By following this link.

Am I allowed to begin and/or complete my Bachelor thesis during my study abroad semester?

No. The Bachelor Thesis (10 ECTS) can only be registered earliest in the 6th semester at Jacobs University and must be conducted under the supervision of a Jacobs University faculty member. While studying abroad, students can take the course “Project” on top of their 20-ECTS teaching load, if an equivalent course exists at the partner institution, and the results of this course can be embedded, where thematically possible, in the subsequent thesis. Note that the project and bachelor thesis courses are both part of the Project/Thesis Career Module (15 ECTS).

Can I bring more than 20 ECTS from my study abroad semester?

Yes, students may bring more than 20 ECTS from their study abroad. Not all credits have to be counted towards the degree, however. They can be counted, for example, towards the Specialization Area Module (10 ECTS, World Track) or towards the Triangle Module (15 ECTS). The academic plan, workload, and credit transfer are pre-approved via the existing Credit Transfer workflow.

 Can I stop paying for my SemesterTicket when I am abroad?

Yes, students going abroad may apply for semester ticket dispensation. This means that outgoing students will not pay for a semester ticket, however other university fees still apply. Once this option is chosen, students will not receive a semester ticket, and it will not be possible to receive it at a later moment in the semester. To apply for the dispensation, please use this form.

What is a liberal arts program?

A liberal arts program is a transdisciplinary program that includes a wide variety of courses, ranging from social sciences and economics to the natural sciences. Although the courses offered in a such program are diverse, there may not be sufficient courses offered in a specific major (e.g. economics), so it may sometimes be difficult for students to take enough ECTS credits of major-related courses. Therefore, extra planning and scrutiny on behalf of the outgoing student is necessary.