University branch offices and research stations abroad

Branch offices

The University of Tübingen has three branch offices in East Asia:

The primary objective of the branch offices in China, Japan, and Korea is to offer opportunities for Tübingen students of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean studies and also for students from some other disciplines to get to know the language and culture of the respective country as an integral part of their Bachelor study program. Besides, the three branch offices function as platforms for international cooperation of the University of Tübingen with the East Asian countries in research and education.

Tübingen Center for Japanese Studies (TCJS)

Since nearly 25 years the University runs the Tübingen Center for Japanese Studies in Kyōto. It was opened as the first European university branch office in Japan in the year 1993. Its hosting institution, Dōshisha University, is one of the most esteemed private universities in Japan.

For Tübingen students of Japanese studies the 2-semester stay in Kyōto is an integral part of their Bachelor study program. By its branch office at Dōshisha University, Tübingen Japanese studies offers its students a Europe-wide unique opportunity to learn and experience the language and culture of Japan already very early during their study in the country itself.

"During their time at the Tübingen Center, all course participants are paired with Japanese host families. The stay with a host family is important not just for language acquisition but also for students’ familiarization with Japanese culture, since it provides deep insights into the host country’s way of life that would otherwise be difficult to experience."

from the experience report of an exchange student

Contact person: Dr. Michael Wachutka, Managing Director TCJS, michael.wachutkaspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de
Homepage of the “Tübingen Center for Japanese Studies”


European Centre for Chinese Studies at Peking University (ECCS)

The ECCS was founded by the University of Tübingen and the University of Copenhagen in 2001 in cooperation with the Faculty of Philosophy of Peking University in Beijing.

For Tübingen students of the Bachelor Major program “Sinologie/Chinese Studies” the 4th semester at ECCS is mandatory as an integral part of their study curriculum. The intensive, application-oriented language courses at ECCS are a cornerstone for the whole concept of Chinese language education and therefore a specific characteristic of Tübingen Chinese studies.

"I remember so many situations from daily life. I think that was and remains my most important lesson from China: to see all those things in daily reality that so far I’d only read or heard about. The need to rethink one’s own view of the world when seeing things “live”. Isn’t observing and experiencing daily life the best way of approaching a culture?"

exchange student at ECCS

Contact person: Dr. Alexander Jost, Managing Director ECCS, alexander.jostspam prevention@aoi.uni-tuebingen.de
Homepage of the “European Centre for Chinese Studies”


Tübingen Center for Korean Studies at Korea University (TUCKU)

The Tübingen Center for Korean Studies at Korea University (TUCKU) in Seoul was opened in 2012 and is located on the campus of Korea University. Korea University is one of the oldest and most prestigious private universities in Korea.

For Tübingen students of Korean studies in the Bachelor Major study program a one year stay at TUCKU in the 4th or 5th semester is an integral part of their study curriculum, which is unique in Germany. In order to further deepen their linguistic and methodical skills, students participate in intensive language courses and Korea-related seminars.

"For me, the year abroad at Korea University was a fantastic experience, I couldn’t just broaden my language and cultural knowledge but also made new friends and develop as a person."

from the experience report of an exchange student at Korea University

Contact person: Dr. Unsuk Han, Managing Director TUCKU, unsuk.hanspam prevention@aoi.uni-tuebingen.de
Homepage of the “Tübingen Center for Korean Studies”

External research stations

The University of Tübingen also runs two external research stations,

Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné (CERMEL), Gabon

In 1981, the third generation of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, originally created in 1913, was built. In 2011, the Center became independent from the Hospital and was renamed to “Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné” (CERMEL). The Research Center performs applied clinical research, such as clinical trials and epidemiological studies, as well as fundamental research in immunology and molecular biology of infectious and chronic diseases prevalent in the region.

The University of Tübingen has established a professorship in Africa for the first time in October 2016, funded by the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) and the Government of Gabon. Dr Ayola Akim Adegnika has been appointed; he is currently Co-Director at the Centre de Recherches Médicales (CERMEL) in Lambaréné. The DZIF professorship is dedicated to immunoepidemiology and clinical infection research in the tropics, and will be located at CERMEL. Malaria research and the development of new vaccines and treatment will constitute important focuses.

Contact persons: Dr. med. Bertrand Lell, Co-Director CERMEL, bertrand.lellspam prevention@cermel.org; Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Carsten Köhler, Director Competence Center Tropical Medicine Baden-Württemberg, carsten.koehlerspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Homepage of the “Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné”

Center for Research and Nature Conservation, Pró-Mata, Brazil

The Research Station in Pró-Mata was established in collaboration with Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS, Porto Alegre). Its cooperation agreements with the University of Tübingen date back to 1983.

The station has room for about 45 students and teachers as well as laboratories, teaching and seminar rooms. Together with the University of Applied Forest Sciences Rottenburg methods of reforestation were elaborated in order to reforest devastated areas with Araucaria angustifolia. Students from Tübingen and Rottenburg realize practical training in the araucaria forest. More than 100 diploma, master and doctoral theses have been written in Pró-Mata since 1996.

Tübingen teaching curricula: Since 1998, the station in Pró-Mata has been used for parts of the four-week zoological excursion, which was initiated in 1989, and since 2002 for the annual three-week geo-ecological practical field training.

Contact person: Dr. Rainer Radtke, Baden-Württembergisches Brasilien-Zentrum der Universität Tübingen, rainer.radtkespam prevention@uni.tuebingen.de

Homepage „Pró-Mata, die Tübinger Forschungsstation im Araukarienwald“ at the Baden-Württembergisches Brasilien-Zentrum at the University of Tübingen

Branch offices of partner universities in Tübingen

The University of Tübingen is also home to a branch office of Dōshisha University. Tübingen has a long-standing partnership with Dōshisha in Kyoto, Japan. The "Dōshisha EU Campus" has taken up its work in Tübingen in February 2019.

Branch offices of partner universities

Branch office of Dōshisha University

The branch office of Dōshisha University, the "Dōshisha EU Campus", was launched in February 2019. It is the only overseas office of the renowned Japanese university - and the counterpart to the Tübingen Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto. The office coordinates academic exchange and cooperation between Dōshisha University and the University of Tübingen. In addition, it will establish and support Dōshisha's collaborations and activities with other partners in all of Europe.

Together with its Tübingen partners, the "Dōshisha EU Campus" aims to organize conferences, offer language programs and intercultural training for Japanese students as well as promote the exchange of scientists.

The University of Tübingen provides Dōshisha University with offices and seminar rooms at Keplerstraße 2, where a staff member from Japan is working for Dōshisha: From February to August 2019, this is Ms. Mari Taneichi from Dōshisha University's Office of International Affairs.

Contact person: Dr. Karin Moser v. Filseck, Research Division of the University of Tübingen, International Research Cooperation, karin.moserspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Information about the Dōshisha EU Campus on Dōshisha University's website

International symposium of Doshisha University, Kyoto February 2020

EU Campus makes great progress!

Report from the international symposium of Doshisha University and the University of Tübingen on 25 – 27 February 2020 in Kyoto with the title: Challenges toward Building Societies Filled with Respect for “Diversity”

English translation of Doshisha Newsletter No. 505 from 31st March 2020 (Dr. Karin Moser v. Filseck, Division II 1.2, in cooperation with Prof. Yoshihiko Wada, Mari Taneichi, and Iku Sugiwaka from Doshisha University)

Doshisha Week 2019 in Tübingen

For the first time a Doshisha Week will be organized this autumn at the University of Tübingen. From 25th to 29th November 2019 the Vice-President for Research of Doshisha University, Prof. Dr. Ryuichi Yokogawa, and about 40 researchers from Doshisha, other universities in Japan, East and Southeast Asia as well as Europe will participate in three international interdisciplinary symposia. 

The event starts on Monday, 25th November at Alte Aula with the presentation of the Space-DREAM Project (Doshisha Research Project for Active Life in Space Engineering and Medical Biology). On 26th-28th November a law symposium on “Modernity’s Challenges to Law and Dispute Resolution” will follow at the Tübingen Castle (Fürstenzimmer). On the final day, 29th November, researchers will address different themes of developmental psychology and health in early childhood under the title “Baby Science: Past, Present, and Future”.

The Doshisha Week 2019 will be jointly organized by Doshisha University, situated in Kyoto, Doshisha EU Campus in Tübingen and the University of Tübingen. The date remembers the founding day of Doshisha University on 29th November 1875.

Doshisha EU Campus at Tübingen University has started its activities in February of this year with an interdisciplinary international symposium on “Challenges for Aging Societies: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Comparative Japanese, German and European Perspectives”. During this summer semester the first group of Doshisha students attended an attractive semester program on German language and intercultural studies in Tübingen. For the next year several activities are already planned, e.g. an interdisciplinary symposium with the title “Challenges Toward Building Societies Filled with Respect for ‚Diversity‘” in February 2020 at Doshisha University in Kyoto, programs for students in summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/21 in Tübingen and several faculty exchanges in both directions.

In all its activities the Doshisha EU Campus Office works closely together with the Department of Japanese Studies of AOI, Faculty of Humanities, and Division II Research, International Research Cooperation of the University Administration. Already since 1993, Tübingen Japanese Studies runs very successfully a branch office at Doshisha University, the Tübingen Center for Japanese Studies, TCJS.

Link The Program of Doshisha Week


Prof. Dr. Klaus Antoni
Department of Japanese Studies (AOI)
Wilhelmstr. 90 – 72074 Tübingen
 +49 7071 29-73990
antonispam prevention@japanologie.uni-tuebingen.de 


Dr. Karin Moser v. Filseck
Division II Research
1.2 International Research Cooperation
Keplerstr. 2 – 72074 Tübingen
 +49 7071 29-77353
karin.moserspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de 

“Hanami” in Tübingen – Semester Program for Students from Dōshisha University at the University of Tübingen

In this summer semester, the first group of ten students from Doshisha University (Kyoto) has started an intensive semester program at the University of Tübingen. Until early August the Japanese students will experience a tailored course program jointly developed and organized by the Division V International Office, Section German as a Foreign Language and Intercultural Programs, and the Department of Japanese Studies of Asian and Oriental Studies (AOI).

The students will learn German in an intensive German language course, supported by tutors and student buddies from Tübingen Japanese Studies, and will have the opportunity to make a lot of exciting experiences about German and European culture and society in courses on Facts about Germany and at three excursions to Stuttgart, the European Parliament in Strasburg and to the Lake of Constance, all three of them with preparatory and follow-up seminars before and after the excursion. 

In addition to the language program, Dr. Michaela Oberwinkler from Japanese Studies teaches a Joint Seminar on Intercultural Studies to the Dōshisha students.

  • “Since having been the Managing Director of the Tübingen Center at Dōshisha University, it was my concern to bring larger groups of Dōshisha students to Tübingen. I am delighted to teach the first Joint Seminar, where German and Japanese students can study together in Japanese and discuss on eye level. This is a unique opportunity and great enrichment for the students from both universities!”

Michaela Oberwinkler

In the final week, in early August, an Intensive Lecture Course taught by two professors from Dōshisha, Prof. Dr. Katsuhiro Kohara and Prof. Dr. Yoshihiko Wada, will conclude the semester program 2019.

The students will also have the opportunity to meet with Tübingen fellow students from their own study fields, from theology and philosophy, art history and cultural studies, psychology, sports science, and commerce.

The semester program 2019 is organized in the framework of the Doshisha EU Campus at Tübingen University, which has started its activities this February with an international interdisciplinary symposium. For the next year a similar program for Dōshisha students is planned for the summer semester, prospectively followed by a tailored International & European Studies (IES) Program in the winter semester.

This autumn the Doshisha EU Campus will organize for the first time a “Doshisha Week” in the last week of November (25 – 29 November 2019) in Tübingen. A large group of researchers from different Faculties and Graduate Schools of Dōshisha University will join this event. More details will be found soon here.


Doshisha EU Campus Office: 
Mari Taneichi, Dōshisha University   
Keplerstr. 2, D-72074 Tübingen 
 +49 7071-29-77610
mtaneichspam prevention@mail.doshisha.ac.jp

Donato Tangredi
German as a Foreign Language
and Intercultural Programs 
Division V International Office, Section. 2  
Wilhelmstr. 22, D-72074 Tübingen
+49 7071 29-74392
donato.tangredispam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Prof. Dr. Viktoria Eschbach-Szabo
Department of Japanese Studies (AOI)
Wilhelmstr. 90, 72074 Tübingen
+49 7071 29-76894
eschbachspam prevention@japanologie.uni-tuebingen.de 

Dr. Michaela Oberwinkler
Department of Japanese Studies (AOI)
Wilhelmstr. 90, D-72074 Tübingen
+49 7071 29-73996
michaela.oberwinklerspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de 

Martina Drijkoningen and Heike Glantz-Schückle 
Department of Japanese Studies (AOI)  
Wilhelmstr. 90, D-72074 Tübingen 
+49 7071 29-76985 and +49 7071 29-76959
drijkonspam prevention@japanologie.uni-tuebingen.de
heike.glantz-schuecklespam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de  

Dr. Karin Moser v. Filseck
Division II Research
1.2 International Research Cooperation
Keplerstr. 2, 72074 Tübingen
+49 7071 29-77353
karin.moserspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de