Studying abroad can be quite a challenge. We would like to support you in mastering this challenge and help you with any questions that might arise – from the application to the successful completion of your studies. Please contact us, we will be happy to help you.
Admission of international students
What do I have to do if I want to study in Tübingen?
Counseling for international students
Advice and information related to your studies
You can find answers to many frequently asked questions about studying in Tübingen in our FAQ for international students.
The staff of the Admissions Office for International Students will advise you on all aspects of applying for a place to study, the admission process and the enrollment. They also provide information about temporary study and research stays not based on exchange agreements and help you with the technicalities when changing a study course.
The Student Advisory Service (ZSB) supports you in planning, organizing and coping with the burden of your studies. We offer individual counseling in all phases of your studies, e.g. on topics such as choice of study, organization and planning your studies, exam preparation, motivation, personal issues, right of residence and study financing. The ZSB is a neutral authority and treats your concerns confidentially.
If you have questions concerning your study course, you should contact the Studienfachberatung (Faculty Course Advisors). Topics may include specific content and requirements in the field of study, questions regarding the recognition of study and examination achievements, and the organization of your studies.
A number of fellow students also offer support in the Advisory Course for new international students and at the Get-Tü-Know help desk.
Further topics and advising services
Beginning of term
Starting out can be difficult. In the first few weeks, you will experience many new things. We aim to help you find your way around the University.
First semester brochure
Our brochure “Welcome to the University of Tübingen (2020/21)” offers a first overview of the university and the city of Tübingen.
The Info-Point in the Mensa Wilhelmstraße helps students find their way to specific buildings, persons or counseling offices. It also gives general advice and hands out a number of forms.
E-mail, internet, login credentials
The IT Center (ZDV) is the first point of contact for questions and problems concerning the IT at the University of Tübingen. The ZDV takes care of your e-mail address, log-in credentials, WiFi access and the PC pools, among other things. The staff members of the ZDV also offer introductory courses on the Campus portal and the online course catalog.
German language courses
You would like to continue improving your German language skills as a student in Tübingen? The staff members of the Section “German as a Foreign Language and Intercultural Programmes” are there to advice you on the language courses offered on different levels. The section also offers intercultural courses and trainings.
The Welcome Center of the University of Tübingen helps international doctoral students with all practical and non-academic issues before and during their stay in Tübingen.
Along with the University’s advisory and counseling services, there are a number of student initiatives providing support and events for international students.
Faculty Student Council
The Faculty Student Council is the student representations at the faculty or subject level. They often offer advising services and organize helpful information events for first-year students.
Student Initiative International Tübingen (StudIT)
The Studierendeninitiative Internationales Tübingen helps international students with organizational matters, fosters contacts between international and German students and offers leisure time activities in and around Tübingen.
Several student representation groups form the University’s Student Council. It gives support and assistance from students for students.
International Coffee Hour
The International Coffee Hour is a meeting spot for International and German students. Everybody is welcome! The get-together takes place during semesters on Friday afternoon, 2-4 p.m. Coffee, tea and cookies for free! Meeting place: Clubhaus, Wilhelmstr. 30, upstairs.
Studying Strategies and Learning Assistance (“Lernberatung”)
In the course How to manage your studies - Academic skills workshop for international students you can try out strategies and techniques for successful studies.
The Learning Assistance (“Lernberatung”) of the Student Counseling Service offers training in learning and studying efficiently and provides guidance concerning scheduling, monitoring, and exam preparation.
You need advice on how to write academic texts in German or want to have your German text checked? The “Deutsch im Studium” program of the Section “German as a Foreign Language and Intercultural Programmes” offers individual counseling and courses.
The Diversity-oriented Writing Center helps with all questions concerning academic writing and aims to develop individual writing abilities. The pages of the Writing Center also list the offers for advice on academic writing (term papers, diploma thesis etc.) in the faculties and departments.
Organizing your studies / administrative matters
The page “Administrative matters” offers many helpful information.
The staff members of the central examinations office of the University of Tübingen are your contact persons for examination matters like deadlines and formal requirements for registering for exams.
Scientific information research
The University Library (UB) offers courses on scientific information research and management, amongst other services.
Learning languages (other than German)
The Language Learning Center offers language courses in eight languages (Catalan, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Swedish and Spanish) at beginner through to advanced levels for students of all faculties as well as other target groups.
Whether you have a child, are suffering psychological problems, or have a disability - when you are studying under such special circumstances, there is special support.
The Psychotherapeutic Counseling Center (PBS) of the Studierendenwerk Tübingen-Hohenheim offers help in a crisis, i.e. concentration deficits, exam anxiety, conflicts at the university, depression etc.
The Student Services (“Studierendenwerk Tübingen-Hohenheim”) offer initial advice on legal uncertainties free of charge to students at the University of Tübingen. Possible topics are landlord/tenant issues or questions regarding employment/labor law.
Students with child and family
Das Familienbüro der Universität Tübingen berät und vermittelt bei Themen der Vereinbarkeit von Familie und Studium an der Universität.
Disabled and chronically ill students
Die Beratungsstelle für behinderte und chronisch kranke Studierende unterstützt Sie dabei, Ihr Studium erfolgreich zu durchlaufen. Sie können das Angebot in jeder Phase des Studiums wahrnehmen, also auch schon vor Beginn des Studiums.
Das Gleichstellungsbüro der Universität Tübingen steht für Auskünfte und Beratung zum Themenfeld „Gleichstellung von Frauen und Männern in Studium und Wissenschaft“ zur Verfügung.
The Section “Admission of International Students” offers general advice about application and studies.
A BaföG scholarship/student loan can often be granted to people with refugee status.
Legal information concerning your refugee status and the requirements for becoming a student can be found on the homepage of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). The page “Information for Refugees” at the “Study in Germany” portal gives helpful information about studying and living in Germany.