Application and Preparation for your Stay in Tübingen

How to Apply

Applying is easy! Just follow these steps:

  1. Check if the University of Tübingen is a partner of your home university
  2. Check the course options as well as the language requirements below to see if you fulfill the necessary prerequisites to come to Tübingen as an exchange student
  3. Contact the International Office at your home university. Your home university needs to nominate you via our online portal until the deadline. The link to the online portal will be provided by us to all partner university.
  4. After your nomination has been accepted by us, you will receive an email with the link for the online application portal. Then you need to complete your application online.

    Application period for the Summer Semester 2023 
    October 1 to November 30, 2022
    (nomination deadline ends on November 15, 2022) 
    Application period for the Winter Semester 2023/24:
    April 1 to May 31, 2023
    (nomination deadline ends on May 15, 2023) 
  5. Fill out the online application and upload the following supporting documents:
    -    Passport style photograph / ID photo. It will be used for your student ID. Please do not upload a photo of your passport (!) 
    -    Scan of passport
    -    Students who wish to study at the Faculty of Science (= Natural Sciences) or the Faculty of Medicine: Transcript of Records as well as a Study Plan with the courses you want to attend. The learning agreement or Study Plan needs to be agreed directly with the faculty by means of a signature. Once you have the applicable signature, the study plan should be uploaded as part of the application process.
    -    Students who wish to study at the Faculty of Medicine: Proof of Measles Immunization Status and a proof of a complete Covid vaccination. 

  6. Once we have received your complete application, it usually takes between one and three weeks to assess your application. After that you will receive the official letter of admission which can be downloaded in Mobilty Online. Letters of admission for the winter semester 2022/23 will be issued in June 2022. 

  7. Apply for accomodation at a student dormitory (see below under "Accommodation"). You can start an application at the same time as you apply for your exchange at the University of Tübingen. To complete your dormitory application, hand in a copy of your official letter of admission as soon as you have received it.
  8. If you would like to improve your German before the beginning of the semester, you can apply for a place in one of the intensive preparation classes offered for exchange students at the Section for German as a Foreign Language and Intercultural Programs.
  9. Check out courses in your field of studies and German classes you would like to register for as soon as you have arrived in Tübingen.

Language Requirements

Recommended language proficiency: You should have a B2 level in the language of instruction (German or English, depending on the course). The level refers to the ‘Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)’. However, you do not have to hand in a proof of your language proficiency. For daily life, we recommend you to have a basic knowledge of German.

Course Options

As an exchange student you can choose freely from the courses offered at the University of Tübingen, even across different subjects and faculties. At the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine your courses will have to be approved by the faculty and you might need to prove that you have the necessary prerequisites for courses by providing a Transcript of Records.

Course Restrictions

Faculty of Medicine courses are only open to you if you are coming through an agreement between the Faculty of Medicine of your home institution and Tübingen Faculty of Medicine.

Official Course Catalogue

The official course catalogue of Tübingen University can be found in ALMA and lists the German and English taught classes at Tübingen University. It is regularly updated two weeks before the end of the previous semester.
The course catalogue for the winter semester 2022/23 is online since July 12, 2022.

English-taught Classes in the winter semester 2022/23

The University of Tübingen offers a wide range of courses in English every semester, you can find them below sorted by faculty:

English-taught classes at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science

English-taught classes at the Faculty of Catholic Theology (will be updated in due course)

English-taught classes at the Faculty of Protestant Theology

English-taught classes at the Faculty of Medecine

English-taught classes at the Faculty of Humanities

English-taught classes at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

English-taugh classes at the Centre for Islamic Theology

English-taught classes at Central and Other Institutions 

The overview of the English taught courses of the winter semester 2022/23 will be updated regularly as some institutions have not yet published their course program for the winter semester 2022/23. You can of course also get in contact with the applicable faculty advisor to get information about English-taught lectures and seminars. 

If you are a Master's student the general information about  English taught Master programs can also be useful.

German Language and Culture Classes

The University of Tübingen has one of the biggest German as a Foreign Language Departments in Germany, offering a large variety of German language classes as well as classes of German culture, politics etc. The courses are free for exchange students. You only need to pay for course materials and for excursions, in case these are part of the course. Find out about your options on the website of the Division of German as a Foreign Language and Intercultural Programs!

German-taught classes at the Faculties

In case you speak German well enough to follow academic courses (you should have a German level of B2), you can take regular courses at the faculties. The current course catalogue can be found via the online course platform ALMA.

Recommended Workload

The regular workload for a German student is 30 credits (ECTS). Generally speaking, international students tend to take on too much during their exchange semester(s). The demands on time and energy are greater than at home, so set a reasonable pace in your semester of study. Two to three “Seminare” (seminars, four to six hours) or two to three “Übungen” (exercise courses, four to six hours) and two “Vorlesungen” (lectures, four hours) will constitute a reasonable load. Don’t overdo it and allow yourself the time to become acquainted with Tübingen and with Germans while you study here. Please also note that your home institution might have minimum requirements in regards to your workload.


Student Dormitories

We recommend all exchange students to consider living in the student dormitories as their first option. The private housing market in Tübingen is not only wildly expensive. It is also highly competitive and it is very difficult to rent a room for a limited time, i.e. one or two semesters. Living in the student dormitories is a convenient cheap housing option. Also, all rooms for exchange students are single rooms with shared kitchen and usually shared bathrooms, and fully furnished.

The dormitories are administered by the Studierendenwerk Tübingen (Student Services Organization which is not affiliated with the University). Since the University does not own the dormitories, we cannot guarantee any rooms for exchange students. if, however, you apply in time for a room in the dormitories, the chances are relatively high that you will receive a spot in one of the dorms.

For an overview of the dormitories please see here

Contracts will be available for the duration of the whole semester only (September to February and March to July/August). Monthly rents are between 230 and 350 Euros. There is a deposit of 600 Euros due upon arrival.

You can apply for a contingent room directly on the website of the 'Studierendenwerk'. This is also possible if you have not yet received a letter of admission. You can submit the letter od admission after you have been admitted. To apply online for a room in the student dormitories, please click here

The application deadlines are as follows: 

  •    deadline for the winter semester: May 31.
  •    deadline for the summer semester: December 31

After these dates, we will inform the housing administration about the exchange students who need a room. Of course, you can also apply for a room at the Studierendenwerk after these dates. However, the chances with a late application are not as high as with a timely application.

If you have not received a room in the dormitories until 6 - 8 weeks before the lecture periods starts, please contact our housing team for support to find a room on the private housing market.

Private Housing Market

Since the private housing market in Tübingen is very tight and living in Tübingen is expensive, we generally recommend international exchange students to apply for a dormitory room. If you, however, do not a receive a room in the official dormitories or do not like to stay in the dormitories, you need to look for a room on the private housing market: Please contact our housing team for support and advice at housingspam prevention@zv.uni-tuebingen.de and have a look on their website.

Attention: On popular online housing platforms like www.wg-gesucht.de, www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de etc the number of scam offers is increasing. Please, never transfer money in advance and do not send scans of your ID cards if this is requested of you. Some offers are too good to be true!

If you are unsure about a room offer, please contact housingspam prevention@zv.uni-tuebingen.de: The housing team will help you to check suspicious offers. You can find more information about scam offers and fake ads here.


Entering without a visa:

Citizens of the following countries are allowed to enter Germany without a visa but need to apply for a student residence permit in Tübingen within 90 days after they enter Europe: Andorra, Australia, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea and the United States of America. Those students apply for the student residence permit as part of the steps to matriculation.

Students from the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland only need a valid identity card or comparable proof of identity to enter Germany.

Visa for Germany

All other nationalities need a student visa prior to their entry. A tourist visa cannot be changed to a student visa in Germany!

More information is provided by the DAAD

Health Insurance

Health Insurance

In Germany health insurance is mandatory while you study at a German university. A student health insurance through a “gesetzliche” Krankenkasse” is possible until the 14th semester or until the age of 30. It costs approx. 90 Euros per month and is valid throughout the EU.

A requirement of enrolment is to have your insurance status confirmed to us by a "gesetzliche Krankenkasse".

Insurance Certificate

In order for you to be able to study at the University of Tübingen, you must have health insurance that is recognized and valid in Germany. For your enrolment, you will therefore need an insurance certificate confirming that your insurance meets the minimum requirements and that you are sufficiently insured. You can have this certificate issued by a statutory German health insurance company. 

Students from the EU: If you come from an EU country, EEA country, Switzerland, or an agreement country, then you will remain insured in your home country. For a German health insurance company to issue the insurance certificate, they only need your health insurance card (EHIC) and your home address. Turkish students please submit the equivalent AT11 form of the Turkish statutory insurance. Please email the document and your home address to a statutory health insurance company. The insurance certificate will then be sent by the health insurance company directly to the Student Secretariat via data transmission. If you need confirmation in advance for a visa application, the health insurance company can issue you a provisional document.  

All other students have the possibility to insure themselves with a German public health insurance. Please note, however, that each health insurance company offers a different range of benefits, and please inform yourself thoroughly before taking out an insurance policy. Very inexpensive health insurance plans often do not cover important services. 


As exchange student you are enrolled at the University of Tübingen for a limited number of semesters. Enrollment makes you a student member of the university (access to wifi, access to Ilias-portal, student ID-card).

For the online enrollment in the enrollment portal ALMA you will need a code which will be distributed in due time. Please do not start an online enrollment before you receive the code for exchange students!

More information about online enrollment

If you have questions or encounter problems in the process of enrollment, please contact the Studierendensekretariat.

If you stay two semesters at the University of Tübingen, you need to re-enroll before the second semester starts, e. g. you have to pay the social fee of 88,30 € again. Please make sure to check the inbox of your student e-mail account regularly so that you get all relevant informaton regarding the re-enrollment process in due time.