Applying is easy! Just follow these steps:
- Check if the University of Tübingen is a partner of your home university
- 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
- 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.
- 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 Winter Semester 2020/21: May 1 to June 30, 2020
Fill out the online application and upload the following supporting documents:
- Passport picture
- 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 a course list that can be sent to the faculty for approval.
- Students who wish to study at the Faculty of Medicine: Proof of Measles Immunization Status
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
The University of Tübingen offers a wide range of courses in English every semester. Use the links below to see the English-taught courses currently offered and the course catalogues of past semesters for your reference.
List of English-taught courses (updated befor each semester)
English-taught Master programs
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.
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.
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. However, if you apply in time for a room in the dormitories, it is highly likely that you will receive a spot in one of the dorms.
For an overview of the dormitories please see here:
You can apply for dormitory housing online directly on the website of the Studierendenwerk. 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 400 Euros due upon arrival.
We would not recommend to choose private housing and we cannot assist you in finding private housing. Most German students live in so-called “Wohngemeinschaften” (WGs), meaning that a couple of people share an apartment to split the rent. In this case the bathroom and the kitchen are usually shared.
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.
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
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.
Upon matriculation you either need to prove that you are insured by a “gesetzliche Krankenkasse” or exempted by them.
Exemption from Health Insurance:
Take your EHIC-card to a “gesetzliche Krankenkasse” and ask for an exemption certificate (Befreiungsbescheinigung). The EHIC-card is sufficient to get the exemption certificate.
Take the health insurance contract to a “gesetzliche Krankenkasse”. They can certify that your international health insurance meets the minimum requirements for students in Germany. At the moment one of the requirements is an unlimited coverage for in and out of hospital treatment. Only a “gesetzliche Krankenkasse” is allowed to exempt you from the mandatory student health insurance. They will issue an exemption certificate for enrollment if they find your health insurance adequate.