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Opening in 2001
Constructor University was founded with the support of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, the University of Bremen, and Rice University, Houston, Texas.

Organization: Private, state-recognized university, gGmbH (limited liability company whose profits are utilized for non-commercial purposes)

Supervisory Board and decision-making body: Board of Governors

Campus: 34 hectares; located 17 km from the city center

Language of teaching and research: English

Students: over 1,800

Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Germany
Campus: 34 hectares; 17 km from the city center

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Accreditation and recognition

1999 Preliminary state recognition by the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

2001 Institutional Accreditation by German Science and Humanities Council (“Wissenschaftsrat”, WR)

2004 Full state Recognition for five years and first program accreditation of all bachelor programs by the German accreditation agency ACQUIN

2006 Announcement of Jacobs Foundation’s investment of € 200 million, the largest donation in Europe ever made to a university (benefactor honored by name change at the beginning of 2007: “International University Bre-men” becomes “Jacobs University Bremen”)

2008 Institutional re-accreditation by the WR. A renewal of the reaccreditation is required only on request of the City of Bremen, as the university has per-manently proven it’s academic constitution.

2010 Renewal of the official state recognition by the Free Hanseatic City of Bre-men

2018 Renewal of the official state recognition by the Free Hanseatic City of Bre-men until 2027

2021 Renewal of the official state recognition by the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen for an unlimited period

2023 Academic Year, Fall Semester 

Pre-degree programs: 50 students 

Bachelor programs: 1315 students 

Master programs: 244 students 

PhD programs: 227 students 

437 employees (not including students, apprentices and managing directors) of which:

  • 57 Professors
  • 132 scientific staff
  • 22 university lecturers and 8 additional teaching staff

Constructor [until 2022 known as Jacobs] University occupies top places in respected university rankings year after year. 

World University Rankings 2024 

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  • Among top 25% (401-500) world wide 
  • #3 international university in the world 
  • #35 small university (best in Germany)  

THE Young University Rankings 2023 

Young University Rankings

  • #1 Private university in Germany 
  • #106 young university (out of 605) 

Humboldt 2023 


  • Ranks attractiveness for international researches 
  • #12 our of 127 German universities 

U-Multirank 2022


  • Top score in 14 different categories 
  • #2 out of 100 German universities 
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Executive Master
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Courses offered

  • International Foundation Year Program (study orientation and preparation)
  • 15 three-year Bachelor’s programs
  • 5 two-year Master’s programs
  • 3 doctoral programs (PhD) as part of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)
  • Customized HR development programs for specialists and managers in various industries

Exchange programs 

Constructor University offers study exchange programs in conjunction with international partners including Rice University, Washington State University in the USA, Universidad de San Andres in Argentina, Fudan University in China, Technion in Israel and Yamanashi Gakuin University in Japan; it is also involved in the EU exchange program ERASMUS+. 


Depending on the study program, between €10,000 and €20,000 per academic year Individualized financial aid packages, involving grants, scholarships, and tuition deferrals assist qualified applicants for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in commencing their studies at Constructor University.

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