SCEM program-related Questions

We are looking for driven students interested in learning more about the growing field of Supply Chain Engineering and Management (SCEM) with a career-driven mindset. We look for people interested in problem solving, project management and analyzing complex systems. We also look for people with good English language skills. If that sounds like you, then please apply. We look forward to reviewing your application!
Jacobs Universiy offers rolling admission. Candidates who wish to join the SCEM program must have their completed applications arrive before the following deadlines: Applicants who need a visa to begin their studies in Germany: June, 1st Applicants who do not need a visa to begin their studies in Germany: July, 15th To find out what your visa requirements are, click here for a full country list. The application documents include the online application form, motivational essay, curriculum vitae (CV), two faculty recommendations using the Jacobs University official recommendation form, university transcript, degree certificate, and results of an English Language Proficiency Test. An admission jury continuously assesses all the applications received. Feedback will be given within four weeks after completion of your application. You will receive a feedback to your application and possible scholarships via email. Please note that only online applications are possible. For further information about deadlines, application forms, recommendation forms, admission policies, etc. go to http://www.jacobs-university.de/graduate-admission
The motivational essay serves as a first introduction of the candidate to the university. This is a great opportunity for the candidate to showcase his/her academic and professional backgrounds, and the motivation to participate in the SCEM program. Some helpful pointers for the candidate to talk about in the motivational essay are:
  • Why you want to study at Jacobs University Bremen?
  • Why do you want to study SCEM?
  • What are your future goals in life and career?
  • What do you want to learn/gain from the SCEM program?
  • What are you able to contribute to the SCEM program?
As a recommendation the motivational letter should be two A4 pages long with 1.5 line spacing and text size 12. The candidate can also search online for further guides and recommendations for the motivational essay.
Your CV is important, because it clearly shows your qualifications for participating in the SCEM program. The CV should contain your academic and work history in chronological order. Your CV should address where, what, and how long you studied and worked for. It should also contain your extracurricular activities, language proficiency, IT/computer skills (software, programming), conferences attended, awards received, hobbies, etc. Mandatory sections that your CV should include are the following:
  • Personal information (name, address, email, phone number, date of birth, nationality and photo)
  • Education – (relevant dates included)
  • Practical experience – (relevant dates included)
  • Extracurricular activities – (relevant dates included)
  • Skills and achievements (Languages /with level/, IT/computer skills (software, programming), workshops/conferences, publications, further education, awards and interests)
Example online guides and recommendations on how to write your CV can be found anywhere on the internet, e.g.: http://www.hloom.com/basic-resume-templates/.
Each new cohort for the SCEM graduate program starts on September 1st in the Fall semester of the academic year.
Since SCEM is a non-consecutive master’s program we suggest you apply if you are interested in the field of supply chains, supply networks or logistics, regardless of whether you previously have studied logistics or not. Each group of admitted students is meant to be very diverse in terms of backgrounds of the students. In particular, we look for highly motivated, hard-working and open-minded candidates who are seeking personal development by partaking in new challenges. Throughout the graduate program the candidate should aim to personally shape his/her own profile. You should be able to think and develop beyond the borders of the study curriculum. The candidate should be willing to personally discover and learn new concepts. You should be also be a team player, and very engaged within the International Logistics faculty.
The simple answer is: No! Jacobs University is a fully English-speaking university, therefore the only required language is English. However, as part of your professional development in this program we will provide you with the necessary resources to learn German. This will not only help you enjoy your time in Germany even more, but also prepare you for the German job market. German courses are offered for all different levels at Jacobs – from beginners to very advanced. If you already are a proficient German speaker, you have the opportunity to expand your skill set of international languages offered at Jacobs University.
On average, the SCEM program has 20 students per class. This enables you to benefit from close cooperation with our lecturers, faculty, and your fellow students.
On average, students are between 21 and 26 years old when entering the program.
On average, students during their bachelor studies did at least an internship of about 3 months within industry. Some students gained professional experience for a few years before applying for SCEM. We strongly recommend to have some practical experience before entering the program.
You have the free choice to do your internships in any company or location. It is not a compulsory internship, but we highly recommend it. Basic rules to note are that the internship must last for at least 12 weeks full-time and must be related to the field of logistics/supply chain management. You may substitute a course by an internship in case certain criteria are fulfilled. So far, students have done internships with the following companies: METRO Group, Bosch, Airbus, DHL, BLG Logistics, VW, Daimler, KPMG, Google, ArcelorMittal, Vollers, Barry Callebaut, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, Amazon, and Coca Cola among others. The Career Services Center (CSC) supports you for the internship process. Webpage: http://www.jacobs-university.de/csc”
The fall semester at Jacobs University starts in September and ends half December. The spring semester starts in February. Students have a break from the end of December to the end of January. However, students also have the opportunity to take “intersession” classes in January (such as an intensive German language course). The summer break spans from June to the end of August. For more information please see Jacobs University’s Academic Calendar: http://www.jacobs-university.de/academic-calendar
The tuition fees for the Supply Chain Engineering and Management program are EUR 10,000 per semester. Each applicant for this program is automatically considered for a scholarship. The Admissions Committee bases its decision on your overall application (motivation letter, letters of recommendation, CV, transcript of records, etc.). Students of SCEM have the opportunity to postpone their tuition. For more details please have a look at our Graduate Scholarships & Financing Options.
Jacobs University supports its students by offering scholarships. Each applicant admitted to the program is automatically considered for a scholarship by the Admissions Committee. Its decision is based on the evaluation of your overall application (motivation letter, letters of recommendation, CV, transcript of records, etc.). Students of SCEM have the opportunity to postpone their tuition. For more details please have a look at our Graduate Scholarships & Financing Options.
You are instructed during different sessions of lectures, seminars and/or labs depending on the structure of the course. The courses are held by lecturers who can be professors of Jacobs University or guest lecturers. Some of our instructors are from industry and therefore, they will familiarize you with demands from the field in particular. Most courses are exclusively designed and offered for the program. During these courses, you will also participate in projects, case studies, and/or presentations which are done in groups or singularly.
Each student is assigned an Academic Advisor who is typically a professor of the International Logistics faculty. This professor usually meets once or twice a semester with the student. During these meetings, they’ll speak about how the student feels being part of the program. They discuss your academic achievements, your plans for extra-curricular activities, internship, thesis, etc. The Academic Advisor together with the program coordinator is the person you can easily approach in case of any obstacles, questions or problems they might encounter. Furthermore, an Orientation Course is organized throughout the study program. The Orientation Course are informal & formal meetings during which information regarding courses are provided, schedules are communicated, constant evaluation of the courses and programs; open discussions are held, information regarding internships are provided, etc.
You have the opportunity to visit various shipping terminals, production factories, distribution centers, etc. as a part of the SCEM program. Some extracurricular activities also have embedded in them several interesting excursions.
The Jacobs University grading scheme works as follows:
ECTS* Jacobs University Course Grade Jacobs University GPA
Excellent (A) 1.0 1.00 – 1.16
Very Good (B) 1.33 1.67 1.17 – 1.83
Good (C) 2.00 2.33 1.84 – 2.49
Satisfactory (D) 2.67 3.00 3.33 2.50 – 3.49
Sufficient (E) 3.67 4.00 4.33 3.50 – 4.49
Failing (F) 4.67 5.00 4.50 – 5.00
*European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) Additional courses such as the Guided Industrial Project (internship) may be offered on a “pass/fail” basis.
Supply Chain Management is a growing profession and highly in-demand throughout the world. The program prepares you to be a decision maker in an interconnected world: a true manager of globalization. SCEM opens the door for you to a wide range of careers in Germany, Europe and across the globe. With its special focus on supply chain management and leadership skills, the SCEM MSc degree helps you to to pursue a career in the supply chain management/ logistics sector and beyond. Far more than 50 per cent of the program’s graduates started their career in Germany, most of them in industry (according to alumni-survey conducted in November 2015). Others work in The Netherlands, Denmark, the US, Switzerland, India, UK, Singapore, Belgium, Thailand, China and elsewhere. Today, graduates work in diverse industries, such as automotive, aerospace, transportation, railway, food and beverage, retail, purchasing, wholesale, consulting, information technology, and NGOs.

University-related Questions

Jacobs University has a department dedicated towards helping its students with finding jobs and developing their career, the Career Services Center (CSC). The CSC offers students free classes on working in Germany, applying to companies and many more classes aimed at helping our students compete in the job market. Also, students are able to have their CVs and application letters checked by CSC staff. The CSC works hard to bring industry partners on campus through special lectures, workshops or the annual career fair, etc. This helps you develop connections with industry, ultimately helping you shape your career.
Most international students studying in Germany are required to be in possession of a valid student visa. Please check the webpage of the Student Records’ Office to check if your nationality needs a visa to enter and study in Germany. You can also find on the webpage other helpful information about the visa application process: http://student-records.user.jacobs-university.de/visa You can apply for that document after you’ve received the admissions letter. You do so at the German embassy or consulate in your home country. Please contact them regarding the requested documents and how long it will take them to provide you with a visa. Via the Visa Information System you are guided through all steps necessary to apply for a visa.
German law requires you to have a health insurance and to provide a proof of your insurance to the university. Go to the webpage of the Students Records’ Office for important information on health insurance: http://student-records.user.jacobs-university.de/health-insurance/
The Jacobs University campus is beautiful and one-of-a-kind in Germany. It is a great place for students to socialize and enjoy their times at university. Take a look for yourself at our virtual campustour!
You can become a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Student Assistant (SA) as part of the International Logistics faculty or in other departments of Jacobs University. You can only apply for these jobs after arrival and assumption of studies. Other options include off-campus jobs, where you can work as a “working student” with all sorts of companies, bars, or restaurants next to your studies.
Jacobs University is a highly diverse and multicultural university with students from over 100 countries in the world. This contributes to a unique social, academic and professional experience for everyone who is a part of our community. You organize cultural and religious events from their home countries such as the Chinese New Year, Eid, Indian Festival of Lights (Diwali), etc. Also, through Country Information Days (CIDs), you present special information, cuisine, dances, and other cultures of their home countries. Jacobs University indeed has a rich cultural experience which every student enjoys and benefits from. This gives Jacobs University graduates a significant edge over graduates of other university in terms of internationality and multiculturalism.
Food, snacks, and beverages can be purchased in the serveries of the colleges, café Frisör (located close to the main entrance of the university), and the Coffee Bar (located in the Information Resource Center (IRC)). This is open to students, faculty, and other staff.
You can join the Logistics Chain Club which regularly organizes competitions, excursions or projects related to the logistics industry. For more information, go to their webpage: http://www.logistics-chain.de Furthermore, in Jacobs University, the Campus Life department is responsible for various activities in which the you can participate in – from a variety of sporting activities to music, dance, theater, writing and many others. Please go to the webpage of the Campus Life department for further information: href=”https://www.jacobs-university.de/study/undergraduate-study/campus-life/campus-activities Bremen has a very active social life (also see question What is Bremen about?). Particularly if you are into sports you can compete in different sports leagues with teams in Bremen. The famous River Weser and the historic city center are also cool hangout attractions. There are also a lot of cinemas, museums and parks in Bremen. Nightlife in Bremen is very enjoyable because of the numerous and varying bars and night clubs. For further experiences, you can go to famous German touristic cities; for example by train Hamburg and Hannover are only one hour away and the lovely city of Berlin is about three hours away by train.
Every student of Jacobs University can participate in the Host Family Program. The Host Family Program was established to match you with German families who will help you to settle into the new life in Bremen. The Host Family can be a couple with or without children, a single mother or father, or even an older couple. It is a perfect opportunity for you to have a more direct contact with the German culture and society. For more information, go to: http://www.jacobs-university.de/host-family-program
The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen presents an ideal location for you. The city is known as one of the most cosmopolitan parts of Germany. Having over 35,000 students enrolled at its universities, Bremen has a reputation of a student city with a picturesque historical center. A commercial and industrial city with a major port on the River Weser, Bremen is part of the Bremen/Oldenburg Metropolitan Region (2.4 million people). Bremen is the second most populous city in Northern Germany. Moreover, the city is known for being a major cultural and economic hub. Among others, it is home to a large number of multinational companies and manufacturing centers and of particular importance as a major logistics’ backbone for Germany’s export orientated economy. The famous Market Square, UNESCO’s world heritage listed Townhall, the Cathedral, an avant-garde cultural life and the “Bremish town musicians” offer a variety of places of interest according to your liking. Theaters, museums, art exhibitions, concert halls and a great number of bars, restaurants, clubs and cafes will let no one be bored. Also, Bremen is a center of science, technology, aerospace, car and electronics locations. As an important port city and logistics hub, the SCEM study program has strong academic and industrial connections with the city of Bremen and its industry. The common brand VIA BREMEN to which the SCEM program is closely related represents one of the world’s most efficient port and logistics solutions (http://www.via-bremen.com/) Faculty, student,s and staff of SCEM invite you to experience the exiting attractions that Bremen has to offer and to share the best moments of your life together!
Jacobs University is happy to provide its Graduate Students with attractive and affordable accommodation off-campus in the city of Bremen (room only). The fee for accommodation for one academic year (nine months) is 3.000 Euro.  During the application process, students can decide whether they would like to use this service offered by our university or whether they prefer to find an individual accommodation on their own. Those, who have already applied for accommodation, will be informed in due time. If you’d like to find something on your own: flats typically cost 230 EUR for the cheapest offers. For more expensive flats you can live in shared apartments in order to save costs. For more information, the Graduate Student Associate (GSA) continuously provides housing offers for graduate students on their webpage: https://gsa.jacobs.university/housing/
The city of Bremen is well-connected internally and with other German cities by road and rail as well as by air through the Bremen International Airport and also by waterways. Public transportation within Germany and especially in Bremen is highly developed and easy to use. All students receive a so called semester ticket. Without any additional payment, you then can use buses, local trains, and trams in Bremen and some surrounding cities. The semester ticket is dispensed by the Registrar’s Office.
The main expenditures to be budgeted for are housing costs, health insurance, phone bills, personal living expenses (feeding, holiday, social events, etc.). Housing costs in Bremen vary, usually starting at around 200 EUR for the cheapest accommodation. Health insurance costs also vary according to the health insurance provider and health insurance package. Health insurance is mandatory for you. Monthly phone bills will depend on yourself and the service provider you choose. Monthly phone bills typically range from 10 EUR to 25 EUR. Food and groceries are comparably cheap in Bremen. A budget of 100-150 EUR per month is sufficient for the average student.