One of the town's descriptions claims that Tübingen isn't a town, it's a university. This is no overstatement. Without the founding of the Eberhard Karls University in 1477, the town would look very different today.
The university is famous for its many developments and discoveries in both the humanities and the sciences, and it has successfully maintained its long tradition of excellence. Today its 14 departments host approximately 20.000 students in more than 80 courses of study, while also maintaining the university's tradition for world class research.
The Eberhard Karls University is also one of the most active German universities in international cooperation. It currently participates in international research programmess and student (and teacher) exchanges with 120 universities in 35 countries.
Tübingen is located between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb, in the south-west of Germany. The famous old town centre with its crooked little alleys and canals, the green banks of the Neckar and the botanical gardens make it a charming place to live and study..
Students make up about a quarter of Tübingen's population. University buildings are spread all over the city, and students are never isolated from Tübingen's "real life", but nstead form an important part of it. The close connection between city and University is reflected in the city's rich and diverse cultural scene.
More information about the city and the university can be found on the University's main page.