Constructor University

Constructor University (previously known as Jacobs University) is an exchange destination for University College Utrecht students in Bremen, Germany.

Constructor University is interesting for all fields, but is especially interesting for Science students

Number of places available

2 students per semester

Academic calendar

Fall Semester: Late August - End of December
Spring Semester: Late January - Early June


Language of instruction

The language of instruction and communication is English.

Application deadlines

Fall Semester: April 15th
Spring Semester: October 15th

Course offer

Constructor University offers 15 undergraduate programs in various majors ranging from social sciences and business to natural science, life sciences and engineering. Study abroad students can take any undergraduate course for which they are academically qualified while at Jacobs. In addition to the regular course offers, study abroad students are welcome to attend special courses offered only for them such as “German Politics and Culture”, “European Welfare States and Health Systems”, “Art in Germany: Major Museums and Art Collections” and “The Bauhaus: Modernist Ideas, Artistic Practice, and Cultural Heritage”. The special courses are designed to allow study abroad students to learn about political and social systems, art and culture of Germany.

You can find the course catalogue here

Course levels and units

Lectures, seminars and labs are offered. Courses with CH in their title are most likely to be 1st year courses from “Choice Modules”, course with CO in their title are most likely to be 2nd year courses from “Core Modules” and courses with CA in their title are mostly likely to be 3rd year specialization courses. Besides that, Jacobs offers a wide range of language, transdisciplinary, methods and academic courses. Please consult the course outline to check the academic level and required prerequisites.

Credit system

Although Constructor University generally talks about ‘credits’, these should be interpreted as ECTS. Normally, courses have 5 ECTS, so you’ll have to take six courses.

Grade system

The grading system for undergraduate study can be found here.


All undergraduates at Constructor University are housed on-campus, in one of the four residence halls. Students live in modern single rooms, with bathrooms usually being shared by two students. Dining facilities are also taken care of (three meals a day, compulsory meal plan). More information.

Jacobs also offers a German Host Family Program, which is a great way to immerse yourself in German culture. More information.


Room and Board at Constructor cost €4000 per semester. Other living expenses might vary per person, but will generally be comparable to the Netherlands. More information.


The exact schedule is sent out by International Office after admission to the program.

Student experiences

The atmosphere at Constructor is very international (80%) and the four residential ‘colleges’ have their own ‘college spirit’ and participate in competitions. The course-level is good and students appreciated the emphasis on research in most classes. They also stated that the accommodation offered by the university was great. It was especially recommended to non-European students because of the similarities with the Netherlands. The ‘Viertel’ (neighborhood) and Hamburg are suggested locations to visit!


The university is located on the outskirts of Bremen, a port city of about half a million inhabitants. Bremen has a historical old center and active nightlife. Find out more here

Student life

Constructor University has a residential, green campus located some 20 km outside of Bremen city center. It has about 1500 students. 

Student life at Constructor University is comparable to UCU. There are dozens of student clubs that engage in a broad range of activities ranging from arts performances to volunteer work to a student newspaper. There are also many sports teams and facilities, including a rowing tank and a swimming pool. Find out more here

The university also offers career and psychological counseling to students. 

More information

For information about the requirements for studying abroad, the application procedure and more, go to UCU's Study abroad page. 

You can browse through all UCU exchange destinations and UU exchange destinations in the exchange catalog.