Biology, Business, Chemistry, Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability, English, Mathematics & Statistics, Modern Languages (German), Politics & International Affairs, Variety of disciplines in local language
Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Less than an hour south of Stuttgart, Tübingen is a picturesque, medieval city along the Neckar river. With its cobbled alleys, a hill-top castle, and a stunning array of half-timbered houses, it's no wonder Goethe found the inspiration to publish his first works here. Tübingen is a university town, with about one in three people living there being a student. Similar to Flagstaff, the city has about 90,000 residents of which 26,000 are students. Residents and students alike visit the outdoor cinema in summer, peruse cheerful Christmas markets, enjoy the chocolate festival, boat along the Neckar river, and attend Europe's largest Afro-Brazilian festival. Come experience the big arts culture and a vibrant nightlife scene!
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen (commonly called the University of Tübingen or just Tübingen) was founded in 1477 and is one of the oldest and most respected German universities. The university has been described as innovative, interdisciplinary, and international. Many of Germany's most famous writers and philosophers have studied or taught there. About 26,000 students have chosen to spend their university years in the ivy-league atmosphere of charming Tübingen. The University's academic reputation is determined by the research achievements of more than 450 professors and about 2,000 academic assistants. At their disposal is not only the latest technical equipment, but also extensive library facilities. The latest results of scientific research flow directly into the University's curriculum, thus guaranteeing an up-to-date education.
More information about attending the University of Tübingen can be found here.
The main language of instruction at the University of Tübingen is German. The university is, however, constantly increasing the amount of courses taught in English. The 50+ areas of study offered include: Economics, Math, Physics, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Modern Languages, Social Sciences, Computer Information Systems, and German as Foreign language. Students may also participate in a number of intensive language courses available before the semester begins. Courses are available in English in Science, Politics, Literature, Cultural Studies, History, Economics, Business, and International Affairs. Please note, the Faculty of Science needs a study plan and a transcript of the student for the pre‐approval of courses.
A list of classes taught in English are available here. A list course catalog for German classes can be found here.
Interested in learning or brushing up on your German? You can take German pre-semester language courses, more details can be found here. For German language courses that you can take during the semester, click here. The beginner German courses for exchange students during the semester are free, but have limited spaces.
The university recommends students take two lectures and two seminars each semester.
For courses taught in English, the credit equivalency is 2:1 2 ECTS credits = 1 NAU credit (in the case of a 5 ECTS course students may receive 3 NAU credits)
For courses taught in German, the credit equivalency is 3:2 3 ECTS credits = 2 NAU credits
Getting Credit for Studies Abroad
Students who wish to receive academic credit (aside from general elective and liberal studies credit) must have their courses pre-approved by the appropriate department. To view a list of academic advisors, please review the information in our Academics section. Once you apply through our website, you will be able to enter the classes you wish to take electronically. These classes can be reviewed and approved directly by faculty once entered. If you would like courses abroad to count for general elective credit or liberal studies credit only, please contact your Education Abroad advisor for those approvals.
Fall Semester (their Winter Semester): mid-October to early February Spring Semester (their Summer Semester): mid-April to late July*
*Students may attend this university for either the entire academic year or for one semester only. Those students wishing to study for only one semester must go during the Spring semester.
Academic Calendar (this link also includes a semester timeline for international students)
The student dormitories are not administered by the university, but by the “Studierendenwerk”, the Student Services Organization, which is not affiliated with the university. However, the University of Tübingen has a yearly quota of rooms that are reserved solely for exchange students. This means that housing in the dormitories can practically be guaranteed, given that the student applies before the deadline (May 31st for the Winter Semester, December 31st for the Summer Semester). You can find more information about accommodation here.
For an overview of the dormitories including pictures and maps, please click here.
All rooms for exchange students are fully furnished single rooms with shared kitchen and usually shared bathrooms. We strongly recommend students to opt for student housing because of the difficult and expensive private housing market in Tübingen.
To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.
We also recommend checking out our scholarship opportunities here!
4 semesters of university-level German for participation in the START Program in which students take an extensive German course the first month they are in Germany before regular courses start.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.
More information about the application process for Tübingen can be found here.
TALK TO AN ADVISOR
If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find their name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.
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