Getting started and orientation for international students

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.

Advice and orientation

First semester brochure

Our brochure “Starting your Studies - Welcome to the University of Tübingen" offers a first overview of the university and the city of Tübingen.

Introductory session for international students

Here you find a pdf of the presentations held in the “Welcome and Orientation” session for degree-seeking students on October 11th 2022:
Thank you for attending!

Those who were unable to come are welcome to view videos from summer 2022 under:

Schedules and course plans

Complete course catalog / ALMA portal

Most lectures and courses are listed in the online course catalog which is open to the public. To apply for a seminar you have to be enrolled to access the complete course catalog. Personal access data will be sent to you by the Student Administration (“Studentensekretariat”) after completing enrollment. The IT Center (ZDV) offers introductory training in how to use it.

You can access the public and the complete course catalog via the ALMA portal of the University of Tübingen.

Faculty course advisors

The advisors in the individual subjects (“Studienfachberatung”) answer all questions concerning your academic field. Possible topics can be:

Recommended course plan

For every new semester you have to prepare a schedule or course plan. Most faculties give recommendations, as attending certain courses or modules often is obligatory, especially during the first semesters. Recommended course plans help you design your personal schedule.

Alternatively you can approach Student Counseling Service or the individual faculties for help.

Do not forget: You have to enroll to the courses and seminars you have chosen.

Specific information is also given in the exam regulations and module catalogues on the homepages of the faculties. Beware: some of these are quite difficult to understand.

Application to courses and seminars

As a rule you have to enroll to the courses and seminars you have chosen via the ALMA portal of the University of Tübingen. A small number of faculties offer other ways to enroll: Check with the faculties during orientation week or at Student Counseling Service.

Organizing your studies / administrative matters

The page “Administrative matters” offers many helpful information.

Examination matters

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.