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jade university

Jade University is Germany’s youngest university in the north-west with history dating back to 1832. With over 7000 students and 180 professors, the university’s campuses in Wilhelmshaven, Oldenburg and Elsfleth strive to be a center of learning and research. The university is at the forefront of research and development and facilitates contacts with potential employers throughout Germany.

The Department of Maritime Studies at Jade University was established in 1832 as Oldenburg Regional Nautical College and later became part of the University of Applied Science in Oldenburg. Today the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Elsfleth is one of the largest of its kind in Europe.

An entrance requirement for studying at the Jade Hochschule Wilhelmshaven/Oldenburg/Elsfleth is that the student has a good working knowledge of German which will enable him or her to follow lectures and study independently. An increasing number of classes are held in English emphasizing international profile of the university.

Academic Programs

Nautical Programs - Undergraduate

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  • BSc in Nautical Science: Nautical science studies are appropriate for young people interested in a future in commanding ships. In addition to nautical subjects, the degree course covers science, law, and economics in addition to the certificate of competency for navigational officers. After the German “Abitur” (general qualification for university entrance) or the “Fachhochschulreife” (qualification for entrance to a university of applied science), or its equivalent, there are various routes to a certificate of competency for international shipping.
  • Dual Studies Course Nautical Science/Ship Mechanic: In order to optimize the training of mariners, Jade University of Applied Science works with shipping companies to offer a combined or dual course of study leading to a qualification as ship’s mechanic and a bachelor degree in Nautical Science. The objective is to shorten the trainee phase to two and a half years actual training time, which with the addition of vacation time comes to three years.

Maritime & Transport Programs - Undergraduate

  • BSc in International Transport Management (ITM): The aim of the course is to produce graduates with interdisciplinary managerial competence and offers an academic foundation with a practically oriented focus which enables you to work at the economic and technical interface within the complex field of the shipping business. ITM is an international course of study with last two of four semesters of basic studies is spent overseas at one of the partner universities (Australia, New Zealand, UK, Netherlands, South Africa or Hong Kong and more). A dual qualification is also possible with a joint bachelor degree from both Elsfleth and the University of Applied Science in Vlissingen (Flushing). The normal length of the degree course is seven semesters.
  • BSc in Maritime Economics and Logistics: The aim of this program is to train interdisciplinary specialists for positions of leadership at the interface between business and technology in the complex area in shipping. It should appeal to students with an interest in languages, economics, and technology and leads to positions of responsibility in a range of fields at home and abroad. The normal length of the degree course is seven semesters (210 ECTS), including a practical semester (work placement) and an internship. A semester at one of the partner universities (New Zealand, Australia, UK, Netherlands, South Africa or Hong Kong and more) can be integrated into the basic studies.

Masters Program

  • Masters Program in Maritime Management: This is a three-semester course, two of which are theoretical and one practical. Students can choose between the profiles Economics and Logistics, or Planning and the Environment. In the first semester the basics of economics, law, and methodology will be covered. In the second semester studies take on an individual profile as the students become part of a current research project. The Master thesis which completes the course is normally written in cooperation with a company, a mutually beneficial arrangement.


JADE University Admissions

International Students

As of September 2004, Jade Hochschule Wilhelmshaven/Oldenburg/Elsfleth, has been a member of (Assist) e. V. an association which coordinates international student applications and carries out preliminary checks of international student course applications. On payment of a fee, (Assist) e. V. can check if all necessary requirements have been fulfilled for the course of study in question. Further information on the service offered by Assist can be found on its homepage: www.uniassist.de

Bachelors Programs

There are different ways which you can demonstrate the university entrance eligibility - the qualifications of a university entrance (Abitur), the subject-specific university entrance qualification (Fachgymnasium) and the technical college (Fachoberschule).

Masters Program

A seven-semester bachelor degree (or equivalent) with 210 ECTS in relevant subjects is required. Degrees awarded by universities of applied sciences and universities will be equally recognized. If applicants have completed a bachelor degree with less than 210 ECTS, or a six-semester course of studies in economics at a university, they can be admitted on condition that they can make up the shortfall in exam credits or in work experience in a company within the shipping or logistics industry.