Uni-Tübingen

Frequently asked questions of international applicants (FAQ)

What to study?

1. What can I study in Tübingen?

2. Where do I find study programs taught in English?

Counseling

3. Who offers general advice/counseling?

Please contact the section Advising and Admission of International Students. 

Dr. Brunner, Head of Department, offers counseling concerning doctoral or PhD studies, grants to complete the final stages of studies, Stibet-DAAD grants, and the evaluation of foreign educational certificates.   

Susanne Held offers counseling concerning choice of study course, organization and planning of studies, change of study course, rights of residence, financing of studies, and other difficult personal situations. 

4. Who offers application advice?

Please contact the relevant application officer.

5. Who offers academic advice concerning the course of study I have chosen?

Please contact the relevant Studienfachberatung. 

Application

6. Am I qualified to apply for a place to study in Germany?

At the information portal anabin (German only) and the DAAD database on admission requirements (English/German) you can check yourself whether your qualifications meet requirements. If in doubt, please contact the application officers.

7. Where do I apply for the study course I have chosen?

All our online application portals are listed here. 

Application is only possible via these application portals. All other forms of applications cannot be accepted. Submission of missing documents by e-mail is admissible in exceptional circumstances and only within application deadlines. 

EU-citizens: You apply via the application portal Hochschulstart. After having completed your online application you will be asked to send your documents by post to Hochschulstart.

 

 

 

 

8. Do I have to apply via Uni-Assist?

No. 

9. What are the deadlines for applying?

Here you can find a list of application deadlines. 

10. Can I hand in documents. e.g. language certificates, after the application deadline?

No. All relevant documents must be handed in before the application deadline. 

11. What documents do I have to hand in?

A list of relevant documents is given here

12. What certificates of German language competence are being accepted?

Information on the certificates of German language competence that the University of Tübingen accepts is listed here

13. Can I be admitted on a provisional basis without German language competence – or enroll in order to learn German?

No. 

14. In my TestDaF certificate, can I compensate for a 3 with a 5?

No. 

15. Do I need the Test AS for my application to the University of Tübingen?

When applying to some study courses with restricted admission (Bachelor, Staatsexamen) non-EU citizens can enhance the grades of their school-leaving certificates by having completed aTestAS with better-than-average results. (See also question 18). 

 

16. Where do I find the University's admission limits for study courses with restricted admission?

Here is an overview of the admission limits of the last semester at the University of Tübingen. Please note that these are only valid for EU-citizens.

An extra quota with seperate selection criteria is held for Non-EU citizens. (See also question 18).

17. Where do I find the admission limits of last semester's selection for Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy?

You can find these at Hochschulstart. Please note that these are only valid for EU-citizens.

An extra quota with seperate selection criteria is held for Non-EU citizens. (See also question 18).

18. How can I enhance the results of my school leaving certificate?

Non-EU citizens applying for study courses with restricted admission (Bachelor, Staatsexamen) can enhance the results of their school leaving certificates by one or more of the following achievements:

1. Above-average command of German: 0.5 or 1.0 of the German grading scale.

2. Above-average TestAs results: from 0.1 up to 1.0 of the German grading scale.

3. Job training or professional activity of at least 1 year (accumulation possible), and closely related to the course of study: up to 0.2 of the German grading system.

4. Other professional experience (e.g. internship, other study course) of at least 1 year (accumulation possible), and closely related to the course of study: up to 0.2. of the German grading system.

For more details please see the Satzung zur Zulassung ausländischer Studienbewerber*innen.

 

19. Who will convert my grades into the German grading system?

The section Advising and Admission of International Students will convert your grades.

20. Do I have to have my documents legally attested?

No. The section Advising and Admission of International Students will check and validate your certificates.

21. Do I have to send in attested copies of my documents by post in order to apply?

No, please just upload your documents during the application process, using the originals or certified copies plus their translations into English or German. 

Immatriculation

22. Do I have to present certified copies of my documents in order to enroll?

Yes. Please note the enrollment guidelines on our homepage

23. Do I have to enroll in person?

This depends on the study course you want to enroll for. Please see our general guidelines on enrollment

Organising and finances

24. How much does it cost to study?

All students have to pay an administrative fee of ca.160 Euros per semester: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/study/organizing-your-studies/fees/administration-fee/


A tuition fee of 1,500.00 Euros will have to be paid by all Non-EU-students. https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/study/organizing-your-studies/fees/tuition-fees/
Find information about tuition fee exemptions under: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/study/organizing-your-studies/fees/tuition-fees/tuition-fees-for-international-students/ 

The cost of living for students in Germany is estimated here.

25. How much money do I have to prove I have - so that I will be able to study in Germany?

Please enquire at the relevant Foreigners' authority (Ausländerbehörde).

26. Are there any scholarships?

Questions about funding your studies might be are answered here

27. Do I need a visa to enter Germany?

The DAAD offers information on visas on its homepage.

28. Do I need health insurance and where can I take it out?

The DAAD offers information on health insurance on its homepage

29. How do I find a room?

The Studierendenwerk Tübingen-Hohenheim gives information on a list of halls of residence on its homepage. You can also look for a room in shared accommodation (Wohngemeinschaft) on the portal WG-Gesucht.  Rooms or flats to let are advertised in the local newspaper Schwäbisches Tagblatt on Saturdays or Wednesdays (Mittwochsmarkt).  

30. Do I have to register with town authorities?

Yes. Once you have moved into a room or a flat in Tübingen, you have to register within a fortnight with town authorities, i.e. the Einwohnermeldeamt.This also applies to every further move. Whenever you change your flat or room, you have to notify the town authorities of the city or town you have moved to.

31. Do I have to apply for a residence permit?

Non-Eu citizens mostly need a permit of residence. They have to apply for a residence permit for study purposes at the Ausländeramt before their tourist visa expires. - Students from a number of countries are allowed to enter Germany without a visa, but after a stay of 90 days they will also need a residence permit. You can find further information here.