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Communications & Media

Society, Media and Politics - BA

Full program details & costs, with admission requirements. Discover your dream program.

Program facts

  • Program type
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Tuition fees per year
    20,000 EUR
  • Language taught in
  • Start date

Program Overview

What Jacobs University says about their program:
"The BA-program Society, Media and Politics (SMP) integrates the social sciences necessary to tackle the key challenges of our globalized world in a digitized context. Sociology, media studies and political sciences are learned from a problem-solving and research-oriented, student-centered perspective.

Students are empowered to address pressing social problems in their environment by applying their knowledge and skills not only in research but also in direct practice. They learn about their social environment on field excursions, discuss political conditions and possible solutions to social issues and learn to campaign for their initiatives with the skillful use of digital media, for example by producing their own videos or animations. Innovative forms of assessment allow them to integrate these forms of activity in their curriculum. Our students are young people who want to make a difference.

Also, SMP students are offered the unique opportunity to acquire a broad spectrum of media skills, professionally guided by our media team and provided with the necessary technical equipment by our SMP Media Center. All basic equipment for the production of media projects, be that video or animation, graphic design or podcasts, are accessible to our students in the SMP Media Center.

SMP provides an excellent basis both for graduate studies and the European and international job market for the leaders of tomorrow. Our graduates are known to build successful careers in start-ups and NGOs as well as in large companies; they have moved on to the most renowned academic institutions of the world, some of them developing impressive careers in academia; they have been successful in the most diverse branches of economy too – e.g. in finance. This is because creative problem solving, the ability to judge from a broader perspective and to think out of the box are faculties that are in very high demand in positions of leadership. Our students obtain positions that cannot be substituted by machines.

SMP (formerly Integrated Social Studies) is rated as one of the best study programs in the field of social and political sciences in Germany by the renowned CHE (Center for Higher Education Development) University Ranking.

Admissions requirements

Admission to Jacobs University is selective and based on a candidate’s school and/or university achievements, recommendations, and performance on required standardized tests.

TOEFL 90 / IELTS 6.5 / Duolingo 60 Postgraduate students will be exempt from English requirements if their bachelor's was taught in English.

You'll need to submit the following supporting documents along with your application:

  • Recommendation letter
  • Official or certified copies of high school / university transcripts
  • Educational history form
  • Standardized testing (SAT/ACT/TestAS)
  • Zeemee electronic resume
  • Language proficiency test results

Students who will graduate (or graduated) with the German Abitur do not need to submit standardized test scores to Jacobs University.

Postgraduate (September): application opens September 1 - application deadline June 1 (students who do not need a visa - July 15)

Fees and funding

Jacobs University believes that everyone has the right to a good education – and this is the principle they live by at Jacobs University. Jacobs offers students a personalized financial aid package to finance their studies, consisting of scholarships and deferral options, for example.

Foundation Year

28,000 Euro per academic year (incl. room and board) (no financial aid available)

Undergraduate Tuition:

€ 20,000 per academic year. Room & Board* € 8,000 per academic year

Graduate Tuition

  • MSc Data Engineering & MSc Supply Chain Management

    € 20,000 per academic year

We believe that everyone has the right to a good education – and this is the principle we live by here at Jacobs University. This is why we offer students a personalized financial aid package to finance their studies, consisting of scholarships and deferral options, for example. You only start repaying the deferred tuition fees once you successfully entered the job market. That way you can focus completely on your studies. We are convinced that Jacobs’ education will form the perfect foundation for your future career – that is why we are happy to invest in you. Our financing options are automatically available to you upon admission to a study program.

Visa requirements for Jacobs University

Many international students will require a visa to study in Germany, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.