Oxford International Education Group and Jacobs University are offering Kenyan students the opportunity to study for an undergraduate degree at one of Germany’s top universities with their new Jacobs University International College today announcing it is to welcome its first group of international students in September 2021.
Germany has become a destination of choice for international students, with Kenyan students contributing to this trend.
Nearly 500 Kenyan students enrolled in German higher education institutions in 2018, representing a year-on-year increase of 14 per cent and a 27 per cent increase over five years.
According to OECD figures, Kenya ranked fifth out of sub-Saharan African countries for the number of their students who are studying in Germany.
Among the first pathway providers to establish an international college with a German institution, Oxford International Education Group’s one-year, tailored preparatory programme will equip international students to succeed in their degree studies.
The course will deepen their English language skills, prepare them for the multifaceted academic world, and offer an on-campus living experience. During the COVID pandemic, students at Jacobs University have been offered blended learning.
After completing the foundation course, students progress onto their undergraduate course of choice at Jacobs University.
Ranked among the top 300 best universities worldwide, and having the most international outlook in Germany according to Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, with an international student population of 80 per cent , Jacobs University teaches entirely in English and offers a wide variety of subjects to study; including International Business, Management, Computer Sciences, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Industrial Engineering and Robotics.
With Germany facing a skilled workforce shortage, attracting the most talented migrants via education has become a key priority.
Favorable immigration rules through the post-study work option offers international students significant potential to pursue a career in Germany, with some 70 per cent currently opting to stay in Germany and work once they have completed their studies.
Jacobs University is working hard to expand access to as many students from Kenya as possible.
Once Kenyan students complete the one-year foundation course and start their undergraduate studies at Jacobs University, they are eligible to receive a tuition deferral which offers to cover up to 100 per cent of their tuition fees.
Oxford International Education Group also works with agents in Kenya who assist students with their visa applications.