Information for Teachers

What does Service-Learning mean?

As an educational method, Service-Learning offers an opportunity to teach content in a different way to traditional courses. Its project-based and practice-oriented format gives students the chance to respond scientifically to the real needs of society, and at the same time – also importantly – to reflect on the purpose of gaining knowledge and skills. It is an exemplary way of implementing one of the requirements of the Bologna reform, that is, to increase students’ abilities to apply science in society responsibly. Students’ motivation – and as a result their success in studies – is often greater the more relevant and effective they find their actions.

International Service-Learning

The well-established Service-Learning concept has been expanded to include an international dimension within the framework of the EU- and DAAD-funded CIVIS project, which involves eight other European universities alongside the University of Tübingen. Combine practical and socially-oriented projects with international teaching in relation to the five major challenges of (1) Health, (2) Cities, Territories and Mobilities, (3) Digital and Technological Transformation, (4) Climate, Environment and Energy, (5) Society, Culture, Heritage. Exchange ideas with international students and network with European colleagues. Courses in English and other languages are very welcome!

What we offer

We are happy to provide personal advice and support for questions relating to (educational) planning and realization of a Service-Learning projects; we can also make contacts with non-profit organizations. You can register with us by email or telephone at any time. You can find helpful tips and notes on planning and realizing Service-Learning projects in our brochure, which can be downloaded from the link on the right. As part of teacher development for higher education, we also routinely offer workshops on the subject of Service-Learning.


How can I integrate Service-Learning in my courses?

Normal module-based courses can often be enhanced to become Service-Learning courses by the addition of a service element. Just ask us how. We can guide you through the process of planning teaching that incorporates Service-Learning and help you find a suitable cooperation partner.

Who provides support and how?

The sub-section Service- Learning and Civic Engagement is happy to support you with educational planning and approaching suitable organizations. We also routinely offer online training as well as information leaflets.

Participating faculties / teachers

  • Department of Biology Christiane Adler
  • Empirical Cultural Studies Dr. Gesa Ingendahl
  • Ethnology PD Dr. Sabine Klocke-Daffa
  • Evangelical Theology
  • Islamic Theology
  • IZEW - International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities Prof. Dr. Thomas Potthast
  • Catholic Theology
  • Faculty of Science Prof. Dr. Carla Cederbaum
  • Refugee Law Clinic "Human Rights Lawe in Practice"
  • TüSE - Tübingen School of Education Jana Domdey
  • Transdisciplinary Course Program and Career Service Franziska Müller
  • ZfM - Center for Media Competence Oliver Lichtwald

Which non-university partners do you work with?

Among others, we have worked with the following non-university partners:

  • Botanischer Garten
  • Colibri e. V.
  • FAIRstrickt
  • Institut français Tübingen
  • Ohne Rüstung Leben
  • Refugee Law Clinic "Human Rights Law in Practice"

I’ve got an idea for a Service-Learning course. Whom do I contact?

We love to hear your ideas and suggestions. Please reach out to us via e-mail or phone.