Mission Statement on Internationalization

Internationalization at the University of Tübingen has two closely intertwined goals. As an international research university, Tübingen stands for responsible research at the highest level, as well as a research-based education of its students, doctoral candidates, and postdocs that enables them to become world citizens.

In an age of global challenges, addressing them through internationally connected high-level research as well as preparing its students for their professional careers is the University of Tübingen’s societal duty. This duty is also expressed in the University’s Institutional Strategy entitled “Research – Relevance – Responsibility”.

"Support for early career researchers is a priority."

The University of Tübingen is part of a close-knit network of international research collaborations that are continuously being intensified and expanded – mostly by the University’s academics, who receive dedicated support for their international projects. Support for early career researchers is another priority, since academics must have international networks in order to jointly search for answers to the future’s complex scientific questions. The expansion of the University’s research alumni network is part of this strategy.

Institutional relations with the University’s strategically important partners are particularly close. These partnerships will be further intensified in the future, with common and complementary research focus areas being an important prerequisite for collaboration. These strategically oriented partnerships include cooperation with the members of the Matariki Network of Universities. Tübingen also collaborates politically with like-minded universities, for example at the European level in the framework of the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities.

Tübingen is a unique, traditional research location with a high density of excellent research institutions in very close proximity. By recruiting renowned international academics – in many cases together with its non-university partner institutions – the University of Tübingen seeks to further strengthen this network. Together with the University and the University Hospitals, the local research institutes offer an ideal environment for internationally renowned research. They have joined forces in the Tübingen Research Campus (TRC). By promoting further scientific cooperation, carrying out joint marketing measures and cooperating in welcoming international academics, they seek to make Tübingen an even more attractive and internationally visible place for research.

"The high number of international students coming to Tübingen for part of their studies or a full degree strengthens the University’s international study environment."

The University of Tübingen’s goal in teaching is to provide all its students with an internationally oriented, research-based education. To this end, it offers a broad spectrum of study programs with international components and foreign language-taught courses, which are continuously being expanded. At the Master’s and doctoral level, many programs can be completed entirely in English. Foreign language-taught modules in other programs give students another option for expanding their international competences in the framework of their degree study.

A large network of long-standing agreements for student exchange offers students at Tübingen a range of opportunities for international experiences during their studies. At the same time, the high number of international students coming to Tübingen for part of their studies or a full degree strengthens the University’s international study environment. Maintaining the high quality of its exchange networks and its broad range of measures that support student mobility are among the University’s key tasks.