Summer School III

August 1 - 25, 2023 (Departure Friday, August 25th)

"The EU in Permanent Crises? Perspectives, Challenges, Solutions"

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This program deals with the political and societal dynamics of European Integration and with the EU as a unique multi-level political system. The past years have seen the EU facing a lot of criticism from various sides and a plethora of challenges threaten the community - internally and externally - and what held its societies together for a long time. Hence, courses cover the current challenges Europe and the EU face today: Brexit and the rise of nationalism; political fragmentation and radicalization; migration, religion and questions of identity; conspiracy theories and misinformation; and war.

In addition to these courses, the program offers students German language classes (for beginners (A1) and students who already possess some German skills (A1-A2)), an intercultural workshop that prepares participants for the very diverse setting in which all classes take place, a buddy program which matches each participant with local students who offer support throughout the summer school (and before), and a rich and varied social program that offers many opportunities to experience local and student life in one of Germany’s most historical university towns.

The program at a glance



The T-IES Summer School III (on-site) is designed for advanced undergraduate students from all academic disciplines with basic EU knowledge and a strong general interest in Europe and the EU. Participants must be at least 18 years old and and must have a very good command of English to be able to follow the academic courses and participate in discussions.

Number of places: 24

Please note: Participants in the T-IES Summer School III (on-site) will not be enrolled as students of the University of Tübingen.



Every class is mandatory. This includes the welcome and farewell session, intercultural workshops, language and program classes.

The following schedule shows an overview of the four-week program and provides information about the dates and times of the courses, excursions and activities.

Schedule (printable PDF)

Academic Program

The T-IES Summer School III (on-site) consists of two combined modules:

Module "Europe & the European Union"

Academic introductory courses (taught in English):
  • The Political System of the EU and its Politics (Jan Battke)
  • Human Rights in Europe: Current Issues and Challenges (Dr. Germana Favognano-Bihr)
  • Study Trips to Strasbourg and Stuttgart

Module "Language & Culture"

Further information

Credits & Grades

Program Fee

Please note that there may be a slight increase in the program fee for 2023 due to rising costs after the pandemic (hotels and bus companies, for example, are hesitant to quote too far ahead).

Social Program

The social program includes trips, cultural activities as well as social gatherings.

You will get the chance to experience German and other cultures, explore Tübingen and its surroundings - a perfect chance get to know your classmates and buddies better and have fun together.

Participation in the activities is optional and you can register during the first week of the program via Moodle.

The social program includes activities such as Bowling, trips to nearby castles and monasteries or film evenings.

Buddy Program

To support you during your stay in Tübingen and to promote an intercultural exchange we have set up a Buddy Program in which a student of the University of Tübingen teams up with a T-IES participant. Click on the link for more information! Buddy Program