Uni-Tübingen

Integrating Civic Engagement Into Academia

Our concept

Civic Engagement is an important part of the university's third mission. We want our students to acquire social responsibility and to reflect critically on their own role within society. Therefore, the sub-section Service-Learning and Civic Engagement supports the integration of civic engagement in academic studies by promoting the innovative Service-Learning pedagogy.

Our concept of Service-Learning encompasses the promotion of a broad variety of civic engagement:

  • Service-Learning courses
  • Mentoring programs
  • Civic Engagement in student initiatives
  • EngagemenTransfer, i.e. individual short to long-term non-profit activities
  • Civic Engagement Certificate
  • Advice and training on how to realize Service-Learning projects

What are Service-Learning courses?

Service-Learning is an innovative concept that specifically combines academic learning with civic engagement. Students, teachers and non-profit organizations work together to solve real social challenges.

For students: Learn more about future courses and how they can complement your studies.

For teachers: Demonstrate the social relevance of your research and teaching!

For partners: Give your organization a creative boost!

Crediting opportunities for student civic engagement

Student engagement can be very diverse:

  • Make an individual contribution, e.g. on independently organized, voluntary internships as part of the EngagemenTransfer program
  • Become a member or part of the organizing team of a student initiative
  • Mentor other students or school pupils
  • Be a buddy helping international students to settle in

The Civic Engagement Certificate

The Civic Engagement Certificate is an official document, which allows students to prove their personal commitment and critically reflect on their voluntary work. The certificate can help you stand out from other applicants when applying for work, e.g. in the non-profit sector.