International doctoral candidates

PhD admission and enrollment

The first step is to find a supervisor at the University of Tuebingen. You can contact a professor at the University of Tübingen or you apply for one of the vacant doctoral positions.

Once you have found a supervisor, the second step is to submit your application for admission at the PhD offices of the concerned faculty.

You can find further details and information - especially about these first two steps - at the Graduate Academy.

In a third and final step you may enroll, but only after you have been accepted by the PhD offices.

In order to enroll please submit the required documents either by post or by e-mail to the Studierendensekretariat/Student Administration.

  • The filled and signed application form for enrollment as a doctoral student
  • Acceptance as a doctoral candidate from the faculty (simple copy)
  • A copy of your passport
  • A current photo
  • If you have already studied in Germany: Exmatriculation certificate from other German university/universities and degree certificates.

As soon as your application has been processed you will receive an e-mail containing your matriculation number and the account number to which you have to pay the semester fee. After receipt of payment you will receive your student ID-card and your central access data by e-mail.

For further information, see also here.

Enrollment requirement

As of March 30, 2018, doctoral students must enroll in accordance with § 38 Abs. of the Landeshochschulgesetzes (LHG) after they have been accepted as a doctoral student at their faculty.


  • Doctoral students who have already been accepted as a doctoral candidate at their faculty before March 30, 2018, may enroll, but are not required to do so.
  • Doctoral students who work full-time at the University of Tübingen (employment contract with a scope of at least half of the regular working hours of a full-time employee) can be exempted from the obligation to enroll. For this purpose, we require the declaration of exemption from compulsory enrollment, the acceptance as a doctoral candidate by the faculty and a copy of the current employment contract.

Welcome Center

Have you been accepted as a doctoral candidate at the University of Tübingen and are planning your stay?

The University of Tübingen’s Welcome Center can help you with non-academic matters – such as visa information and looking for accommodation:

University of Tübingen Welcome Center

Information platform for doctoral candidates at the University of Tübingen

A central information platform for doctoral candidates at the University of Tübingen is provided by the Graduate Academy.