Latin America

The University of Tübingen has numerous partner universities in Latin American countries, e.g. in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Chile or Brazil. There are a total of about 35 places per year in Latin America available for Tübingen students.

As with the other non-European exchange programs, the exchange agreements allow you to study for one or two semesters at one of the partner universities without having to pay their tuition fees (with a few exceptions) if your application is successful. Administrative fees, which are comparable to the Tübingen semester fee, and other fees (e.g. for fee-based language courses) cannot be waived.

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Semesters in Latin America

The Latin American semester times do not necessarily coincide with the Tübingen semester times, which should definitely be considered when planning your stay abroad.

Here you will find a rough overview of the semester times in Latin America. Since the exact dates can differ from university to university and also from year to year, you should search the "Calendario Academico" on the websites of the partner universities for exact details.

Semester / Country

Semester 1 (corresponds approximately to the Tübingen summer semester)


Semester 2 (corresponds approximately to the Tübingen winter semester)




March until July

August until December


February/March until June/July

August until December



Beginning of March until mid-July


End of July/beginning of August until December



Beginning of January until mid-May End of August until mid-December



January (!) until May End of July (!)/beginning of August until November



January (!) until May End of July (!)/beginning of August until December


March until July

August until December


End of February until July Beginning of August until the end of December

Studying in Latin America

The study system in Latin America is significantly more school-like than in Germany. Compulsory attendance, weekly homework and classroom teaching are not uncommon and you should be prepared for this. Also important: Taking undergraduate courses (bachelor's level) is usually unproblematic. Master's programs in Latin America are sometimes part-time, which means that the courses take place in the evenings or on weekends, so that you do not participate in the regular semester schedule. In some cases, the master's programs even have different semester times (e.g. UDLAP in Mexico, where undergraduates study in a semester system and graduates in a trimester system).

Living Expenses

You will have to cover the cost of living (books, health insurance, travel expenses, rent, etc.) yourself. Of course, the average monthly financial burden varies greatly from country to country and even from city to city. In general, however, the cost of living in Latin America is cheaper than in Germany. The DAAD has compiled more detailed information on the respective countries (only available in German):