|| QUICK FACTS
|| Tubingen, Germany
| Autumn Semester / Academic Year
| Spring Semester
|| 20-25 UW credits per semester
|| Junior standing or above by time of
departure; min. 3.0 GPA
|| German 302 or equivalent
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| Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
Spring Semester priority deadline
| May 15 (Spring Semester)
|| This program is particularly well-suited to
students who are in the third year of German
language study but who do not feel ready to
completely matriculate into regular university
classes. Students can take regular university
courses and/or courses designed for
international students taught in German.
| Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
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Where You Will Study
With a student population of 23,000 and an overall population of 87,000, Tübingen is a lively university town in the State of Baden-Wurttemberg. Life in the city is dominated by its many students; Tübingen is the city with the youngest average population in Germany. It is an appealing setting cast with traditional steep-roofed houses and an imposing castle, as well as colorful marketplaces and frequent activities along the banks of the Neckar River.
The highlights of Tübingen include its crooked cobblestone lanes, narrow-stair alleyways picking their way through the hilly terrain, streets lined with canals and well-maintained traditional half-timbered houses. Old town landmarks include the Rathaus (City Hall) on Marktplatz (Market Square) and the castle which is now part of the University of Tübingen.
Tübingen has a notable arts culture as well as nightlife. In addition to the full roster of official and unofficial university events that range from presentations by the university's official poet in residence to parties hosted by the student associations of each faculty, the town can boast of several choirs, theatre companies and nightclubs. Also, Tübingen's Kunsthalle (art exhibition hall) exhibits several showings of international note each year.
The University of Tübingen, founded in 1477, is among Germany's oldest universities and is particularly well-known for its academic programs in medicine, natural sciences and humanities. The University's German Studies program is consistently ranked as the best in the nation. Students have access to a wealth of regular courses offered through the university as well as special courses designed for foreign students.
In general, German universities place a greater emphasis on independent learning than most undergraduate programs in the United States. In contrast to American universities, where course syllabi delineate the professor's expectations of the student for each week of the academic term, most German professors rely on the student's self-direction, research and study outside of the readings to guide the courses of their learning. In this way, the curricula are comparable to graduate programs style of scholarship in the United States. (Students in the fields of science or engineering might find their course curricula to be more structured than that of the humanities or social sciences with a strong emphasis on laboratory work.) Students are responsible for their own learning and must be self-motivated and committed to their independent studies in order to succeed.
There are several course classifications in Germany universities: Vorlesungen (lecture courses); Proseminare (courses taken by students prior to their intermediate exams, equivalent to upper-division courses in the U.S.); Übungen (exercise classes); Praktika (labs). Vorlseungen are generally large classes that may or may not be combined with smaller Übungen. Vorleseungen may or may not require a final exam. If no exam is administered as part of the course, UW students must make special arrangements with the professor to write a paper or take an exam at the end of the term in order to receive UW credit. Seminaire are very similar to courses in the U.S. Class sizes are limited, attendance is required and a written or oral exam is taken at the end of the term. Übungen are similar to seminars in that they require attendance, exams and/or papers. However, they are more oriented to practical skills than an in-depth discussion of a specific topic. Pratika are the equivalents of lab courses in the U.S. At some universities, Deutsch als Fremdsprache classes designed for international students are offered with a focus on German language and cultural studies.
German universities issue course certificates (Scheine) rather than transcripts. In most cases these Scheine are graded. Grades are assigned on a 1-5 scale with "1" representing the highest grade possible and "5" representing the lowest (that is, a failure). UW students participating on an exchange are required to return to the UW with a minimum of 8 graded Scheine (4 courses per semester).
You can begin your search for courses right here:
Tubingen course information
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database
to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges
Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing in Germany but are encouraged to apply for accommodations through the German Studentenwerk. As the Studentenwerk provides subsidized housing and meals for students, the costs of accommodations and board are very reasonable. Aside from the financial benefits, student housing is an exceptional way to meet German students.
Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships
As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form
For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances
To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.
University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad advisor following your selection for the exchange.
See Applications and Recommendations
for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.
for UW program withdrawal policies.
After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences.
To see past students' evaluations for the University of Tubingen Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.
University of Tubingen Exchange.pdf
Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email email@example.com.