Over 80 voices in more than 30 countries worldwide!
Our IES Ambassadors are former IES participants and they are happy to answer your questions!
They have either already been to Tübingen or participated in one of our online programs and therefore know what it is like to prepare the trip, how visa applications work or what to keep in mind when using online tools or being in a virtual classroom. Whatever else might be on your mind, learn from our IES Ambassadors!
Also, they can tell you first-hand what they experienced and learned during previous programs and what they academically and personally got out of it.
Just click on the profile you are interested in and read the messages of former IES students. If you wish to write them an email, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Sydney
What a great opportunity. Not only did I learn so much about recent European history and EU institutions, but I also learned about the nuances of EU membership, methods to sustainable integration and peace, intercultural competence, and topical aspects. I enjoyed learning with a diverse cohort - students came from all around the world. I already miss my experience with IES Tübingen!
University of Western Australia
Studying in Tübingen has been, by far, my favourite university experience. I made lifelong friends during the IES winter school 2020 program and also immensely enjoyed staying with my host family and the culturally immersive experiences the program offers. The IES winter school is an opportunity to be really immersed in German culture particularly through the buddy program, much more than a Contiki tour! I also enjoyed the academic part of the program. The lecturers are engaging and value discussion. The study trips to the European Parliament and Bundestag in Berlin also add to the learning experience. I would recommend this program to everyone who wants to travel whilst studying and have a really immersive travel experience.
University of Queensland
My time in Tübingen was characterised by a steady growth of appreciation for the processes of the European Union. The opportunity to examine how a variety of diverse nations and people have come together despite their historical and cultural differences was truly exceptional. Having completed the program, I now feel more confident that countries will solve their challenges if they remain committed to diversity and mutual respect.
Whilst all aspects of the program were thoroughly enjoyable, a core benefit was the opportunity to have a German ‘Buddy’. Exploring a foreign country can be daunting but it’s made so much better if you have a local to show you around. My ‘buddy’ was absolutely brilliant and definitely made my time in Germany better. Indeed, I’ve maintained contact with her and hope to catch up.
Beyond academic benefits, the opportunity to meet individuals from a range of cultural backgrounds was grand. By the conclusion of the program, I felt that I had made firm friends and exploring Europe with them is an experience that I will always remember fondly. I strongly encourage other students to apply for the program knowing that they will meet exceptional and interesting people. In my view, students with an appreciate for German or European history will particularly enjoy the program.
University of Western Australia
Participating in the IES Winter Program 2016 was the perfect opportunity to study and travel abroad while gaining credit at my home university. I finished the program with a better understanding of German culture, friendships with the other participants and great memories of the educational and recreational trips included in the program. I think the program is great for first-time abroad students because the IES Team provides you with all of the support you need.
University of Western Australia
I had an amazing time during the IES winter program in 2017. I learnt so much, the lecturers were great, and there were plenty of fun study tours. Most of all I cherish the memories of all the fun times I had with all my new friends - it was probably the best month of my life!
I am happy to answer all your questions!
The University of Western Australia
The University of Tübingen Winter School Program in European Union (EU) economics and politics is a wonderful opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds of study to delve into the complexities, nuance, and intrigue of European integration. With topics covering everything from political fragmentation, monetary convergence, radicalisation and ideological fundamentalism, economic crises, to EU membership augmentation, difficulties of social and cultural integration harmonisation, and , it was a thoroughly captivating program which developed - and in some cases, challenged - our pre-existing understanding and thoughts of modern-day European unification.
With a committed, supporting, and engaging group of International and European Studies (IES) academics and administrative staff, the program was an intellectually stimulating and enjoyable program to undertake. Similarly, with such a wholesome group of students from all parts of the world - coming from varied fields of study - the program was a pleasure to undertake.
As a student studying international relations, economics, and Francophone studies, this program has certainly been a wonderful opportunity. The program was a truly inspiring and enriching experience, one which I would highly recommend to any students seeking to obtain deeper understanding of the complexities of the EU.
University of Tartu
The summer program filled the gaps I had in the sphere of European and International studies, hence motivating me to go further with the topic. Moreover, the course included huge information on every sphere of European Union: politics, economy, history, diverse culture and of course the language course of one of the EU's essential languages: German.
I would recommend this to everyone who is interested in the European Union and International studies in general because the program almost perfectly captures the main aspects of it and gives the students the necessary theoretical skills to continue their path towards following the values of European Union and not only.
The whole program met my expectations, though, most of all, I like the trips to EU institutions and Bundestag, where we had the chance to meet a member of the German "Green party", Khris Kuhn and discuss interesting issues regarding the life and job of a parliamentarian.
Hopefully, I can join the program one more time in the future.
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Yerevan State Linguistic University
The one-month IES Winter Program at the University of Tubingen gave me the necessary foundation of the evolution of European Integration: how the EU is underpinned by historical, political, legal and economic pillars, and the basic functioning of the EU Institutions which became even more comprehensive during the trip to Strasbourg. During the program, I made lifelong friendships across the world and immersed myself in different cultures, including German culture and language.
I would recommend this program to those who are eager to learn how the EU functions, to study German language, to live German culture in a pretty medieval city of Tubingen, to meet and make a lot of friends from across the world.
Underpinning all of this, I am really happy to have been part of this one-month program, since it encouraged me to pursue an MA degree in EU Politics at the College of Europe in Bruges, by teaching me the fundamental aspects of the EU politics and good knowledge of German language which I thankfully use almost every day in my studies.
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The course covers so many ideas about Euroрe, and opinions and perspectives of students from different cultures and backgrounds make it even more interesting and engaging. Lecturers are real professionals, friendly and helpful!
The programme was amazing! It was full of new knowledge, networking, teamwork and literary baggage. The knowledge about the EU expanded with each lecture and I was looking forward to the next session. I would like to say a special thanks you to our lecturers, because they did a great job, thanks to them my academic interest in EU has only increased. Thank you very much IES team! ❤️
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
Personally, I took a lot of personal growth, by learning how to interact with a lot of different people and how to manage time, studying and entertainment. The IES program, for me, was one of the best experiences I’ve had abroad.
I would recommend the IES Courses to anyone who has interest in getting to know this big great world out there and wants to do something about their vacation. When you get to know people, exchange experiences and have such qualified classes, one grows not only personally, but also professionally.
More than an intercultural experience, for me I think the most important aspect of my experience in the program was to become aware of what education and, actually, what an academic profile really looks like in Europe and, specifically, in Germany. Ultimately, I liked the IES program, because it provided for a great range of interculturality with unique experiences, such as getting to know the European Parliament and the Bundestag.
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Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul
Thank you so much for all your attention during the last few weeks! The team is amazing and the city looks absolutely astonishing! I will definitely visit Tübingen in (a not so distant) future! I hope to further study in Tübingen as a PhD candidate perhaps :) Hopefully it is not so "Zukunftsmusik"!
Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora
The IES Online Program was a wonderful experience for me, especially during a difficult and socially isolated time. I believe the online version was a challenge, but it also democratizes access to the course and even so, it enables enriching intercultural exchanges. The lectures were very dynamic and I think this makes the IES programm a great opportunity to learn about the EU, but also to discuss current issues in perspectives from all over the world.
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
The Online Winter School at the University of Tübingen was an amazing opportunity to get a multicultural view on the EU and how it relates on an economical and political basis to different countries around the world. The debates were always encouraged and that deepened our knowledge and interests on the matter.
One of the best experiences in the program was to get to know people from completely different cultural backgrounds and still be able to discuss and understand each other with academic excellence and respect. I learned a lot from the professors and from my classmates.
I really appreciated the efforts from the IES Team to engage us and give us an experience as close as we would get if it had been in Tübingen. I certainly recommend it! Hope someday we can all meet and get to know the city!
Université du Luxembourg
A great opportunity to learn on EU politics and deepen your understanding of the regional integration processes. The course allows for very interesting discussions and an enriching academic experience. I definitely recommend it!
Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Three words: Engaging, Comprehensive, Worthwhile. Attending the IES Online Program was one of the best decision I have ever made in 2020. The IES team had done a phenomenal job in making the program a success, especially during one of the most challenging times in decades. Not only did I learn about the political and institutional framework of the EU but also the political sociology that makes Europe what it is today.
The program has given me a new sense of appreciation towards the EU, global diplomacy and how much each of us is politically and historically more inter-related than we already are. I am tremendously grateful to have spent the end of 2020 with the passionate and dedicated IES professors, the IES team as well as my classmates who I have come to miss. I look forward to participating in more programmes offered by the IES department of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen.
University of Hong Kong
The program provided me great insight into European politics and society. As a student of European studies, I gained concrete, first-hand knowledge of Europe, particularly Germany. The program is a great combination of academic coursework and field trips. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Europe, whether they'd like to study, work, or travel in Europe, or would like to learn more about Europe. The buddy program is also a highlight, as it gave me an opportunity to communicate with my German peers and learn more about German culture.
Guandong University of Foreign Studies
The IES program, namely International European Studies, is a highly-recommended summer program which is characterized by European politics, economy, culture, human rights and legal traditions. This program will provide you with inter-cultural workshops, excellent classes, amazing study trips and leisure activities that you will never forget. After this program, I have learned much knowledge covering various areas, honed my ability to think independently, practiced oral English, actively engaged in workshops and made friends from different backgrounds. If you want to experience an amazing exotic life, this program would be a perfect match. No matter who you are, no matter where you are from, no matter what your major is, IES can be your top choice if you ready to explore Germany and Tübingen. Trust me, IES is definitely on the top of my list when it comes to foreign experience. I have to say that all classes, experience, study trips, professors and IES team are beyond my expectations. I would greatly recommend this program to you guys.
I will be back to see you – IES, Tübingen and Germany. I am really into you.
Summer School II (2019) is the best course I have ever attended!
The arrangements of the courses and the study trips are reasonable, and the details of life and study are carefully considered and planned. Even every week there will be new surprises. It is the best memories to explore the politics and culture of the EU with students from all over the world!
The Summer School helped me to get a basic understanding of German culture and language in a short time. Contacting with people from different countries made me jump out of my comfort zone of communication and study.
In addition, I myself have a strong passion for studying in Germany and I met a lot of people around me who already shared the same ideas in German classes!
I would recommend this program to those who are willing to make friends during the holidays and who are keen on exploring the beauty behind different cultures and views.
To tell you the truth, in this program, I met a lot of friends (including really nice teachers) who I will not forget the rest of my life!
University of Macao
IES Online Program provides us a wonderful platform to have a cross-cultural communication. I' ve learned a lot of professional knowledge on EU studies. Giving many thanks to lectures and professors here. And it's my pleasure to meet so many friends from different countries.
University of Macau
It is a pity missing the opportunity to join the winter school offline to appreciate the beautiful scenary of the campus and the city of Tübingen. However, the harmonious atmosphere, inspiring teachers and fruitful learning outcomes are far beyond my expectation! I have had a wonderful experience with other fellow students from different parts of the world. We share ideas on those disputable questions and stories regarding our own culture. Jan and Cristina are both with great erudition and always remain open to students' comments and thinkings. Thank you for providing us with this precious chance to meet online even during the lockdowns of Covid-19.
Hopkins Nanjing Centre
IES Program is not only a summer school that you can get to understand the integration of Europe countries but also a cherished chance to exchange ideas with students from diverse background. The summer school features economic development, human rights, and cultural identity, which is what I have not learnt from my home university.
The course itself does not need pre-requirements on politicial science which is friendly for the beginner or people who are interested. The faculty members and the administrative staff are friendly and thoughtful. Even during the pandemic situation, we have made the intercultural exchange experience unforgettable by providing the IES café and interactive tools to enhance our communication.
Ain Shams University
The IES program is a very enriching experience for anyone who would love to experience life abroad and immerse oneself in the German cuture. What I especially enjoyed about the program that although classes and workshops were pretty diverse and intense I was never pressured and was always enjoying my time and we had a lot of free time to travel and enjoy Germany. Everyone at the IES program is helpful and supportive whether admins or instructors. A great opportunity and definitely a very exciting one.
Université de Genève
IES is the perfect program for anyone willing to learn about Europe, and the German culture and language. Even if you are European, you will learn a lot, not only from the professors but also from the other participants. Do not hesitate and apply!
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I have tremendously enjoyed the IES summer school. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about Europe, Germany and different cultures while having an amazing few weeks in one of the most beautiful cities in Germany.
Ik beantwoord graag alle vragen die je nog hebt!
University of Leeds
I really enjoyed the IES Community interchange because I got to learn about a new topic and I got to do it in an international setting. It was interesting to learn about opinions in different countries.
University of Leeds
Thank you for sharing the activities througout the weeks and helping us to get to know each other! I have really enjoyed learning about different cultures and seeing Tübingen. I cannot wait to visit the town soon and practise the German I have learnt, I know that this wont't be Zukunftsmusik. I am looking forward to bumping into everyone on the Tübingen streets :).
University of Glasgow
Thank you so much for organising such a great summer school! The city looks absolutely amazing! I enjoyed all the classes and the effort that was put into organising everything is very impressie! Thank you so much!!!
It was a huge pleasure to take part in the IES Winter school. The professors were wonderfully engaging and great at keeping the classrooms attention even in an online format. Just having finished the winter program I feel enriched by what I have learned and inspired to work all the harder because of the inspiring people whom I got to meet during the program.
University of Trento
This Online Winter School was a great opportunity to get to know students from all around the world, as well as to deepen and get a better understanding of EU dynamics. The classes were really interactive (greatly appreciated that) and any debate was always respectful. The professors were really engaging, couldn't gave asked for a better experience!
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
This program has helped me to get to know the idiosyncrasy of the European Institutions as well as to deepen into the issues that affect them. I would recommend it to any student interested in the European project, whether they have knowledge of the EU or not. The program is the perfect start for anyone who wants to start a professional career leading to EU institutions. The professors and the material provided are great to learn. Likewise, the international community that is created within this program offers an extra learning that makes this course unique.
"Estaría encantado de responder a tus preguntas."
"Zure galderak erantzuteko prest nago."
University of Granada
The Summer School has been a really good opportunity to learn about EU and International affairs which I did not study at my home university. The most positive thing of the course is the possibility to exchange perspectives between people from all around Europe and the entire world, about topics such interesting as history, regional integration, economics, human rights or democracy.
I recommend any political science student to take this course. And also for student from other disciplines, since multiple areas are covered in an understandable way for everyone.
The teachers are of a high academic quality and international, and they try to solve any doubts and to encourage you to participate and to be interested in each session.
The online format is a really great option to sudy at an incredible university from your home, enjoying the intercultural experience in summer.
It is a course that will help me both in a profesional and personal area, since I would like to work in the future at the European Comission, and thanks to the Summer School I can now understand its functioning in a deeper way and made me even more interested in the EU.
Para cualquier duda, estaré encantado de ayudar a futuros interesados en el curso.
University of Zürich
It has been an amazing experience to study at the University of Tübingen for the IES Online Summer School. I enjoyed learning more about different areas related to law, politics, history and economics about the EU and its member states. I also very much enjoyed getting to meet other students from different countries and cultures and hope that one day we'll get the chance to meet in person.
I definitely recommend this program to anyone who is interested!
Looking for a valuable and profound insight into the European Union? The IES Online Fall School will provide you with the perfect balance between deep understanding of the EU’s institutional structure and the opportunity to controversially discuss current European challenges - for example disruptions between European standards and realities regarding human rights. This course made me appreciate the value of the European Union, not only on the level of international politics, but for our very life.
In an informative but nonetheless very personal online environment, you will be able to connect with students and teachers from all over the world and benefit from their unique perspective and expertise. An opportunity very worth taking!
University of Nottingham
I have really enjoyed the IES community interchange - it definitely felt like a little community! It was great to learn about other cultures and learn more about my class mates out of the zoom sessions - I hope we can all meet in person one day! It has also definitely made me want to travel more when possible!
University of Leeds
Thank you for sharing Tübingen with us over these past few weeks. The city looks beautiful, and I will definitely be adding it to my list of places to visit - hopefully sooner rather than later!
University of Leeds
Charismatic and engaging lecturers, a highlight of the academic year!
Prague University of Economics and Business
The IES online program gave a wonderful opportunity for intercultural experience and learning about the EU crisis online during the pandemic. Also, I met classmates from all over the world and learnt from a different perspective.
As a student study in diplomacy, the summer school enhanced my knowledge in EU studies.
Thank you so much for the teaching and support in the program and I would like to recommend this course to you!
University of Delhi
The IES program is very interesting and provided me a great international exposure through visit to various cities within Germany including a visit to Strasbourg, France. This course is tailor made for the students who would like to have a fine knowledge of European Union. I like my time at IES because it gave me a idea of the Culture and tradition of Germany. With the unique buddy program it is more than just amazing. My German buddy was very helpful and we are still in contact. The memories and friends that I made at IES are the ones that I’ll cherish lifelong.
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Symbiosis International University
The IES Summer Program II (SP II) at the University of Tübingen was one of my best experiences till date. From learning about the EU, Law, Business etc. to making friends from all over the world, the SP II has not only helped me enrich my knowledge on various subjects, but it has also facilitated my personal growth while being exposed to numerous cultures. The teachers were excellent and the IES staff was very helpful. I strongly recommend everyone to attend the SP II, as it will assuredly give you a taste of globalization in an exuberant fashion.
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I learned bunch of things from this program; mutual understanding skills, knowledge about EU. I totally recommend you to participate this.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
I learned how EU works and what problems of human rights in EU are. Especially, discussions of democracy and populism were interesting for me.
And I enjoyed talking with Tübingen students in Buddy sessions. I learned a lot of other cultures. I recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn EU and European cultures.
National Open University of Nigeria
I enjoyed each moment spent online learning from the lecturers and connecting with other participants. However, the excitement would be great by meeting all the fellas in-persons. It would be a great pleasure learning your languages, cultures and traditions.
It will be a pleasure visiting beautiful Tuebingen during my visit to Germany and meeting the beautiful IES team in the near future.
I learned so much through the IES program, but I find the best thing to be the chance to become friends with so many great people from all over the world. I met EmmaRae and Maddy in Tuebingen in summer 2016, but here we are in North Carolina (their home state) in March 2018!
If you’re interested in European Studies, and would like to make some lasting memories, this is the program for you.
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As a Korean student interested in the EU, this was a great opportunity to not only learn more about the EU from highly qualified professors but also experience teaching styles different from that of Korea. I loved the interactive nature of the classes and the opportunity to engage in discussions with students from all over the world! I feel the class captured well the spirit of the EU, united in diversity :)
Thanks a lot for this summer school, which helps us learn a lot and have good time. I would like to visit Tübingen and see its perfect nature!
Studying abroad at the University of Tübingen has been by far the most insightful and memorable academic and personal experiences I have had the opportunity to be a part of. The cultural immersion, international political awareness, and connections created have become part of my repertoire in my field of study—International Relations. I recommend this program to anyone who has the means to do it; this study abroad experience truly changed the way I see the world and how I choose to navigate it.
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My time at the IES program has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my academic career. I would recommend it to any student willing to expand their minds and grow from the other individuals who take part in the program - I myself was able to leave with new friends and a better understanding of several cultures. The academic courses, the sights of Germany, and the people I met were all beyond amazing!
I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the program!
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University of San Francisco
The IES Community has been such a fun and creative way to get to know everyone a little bit more. Without the ideas shared in the class cafe and the fun tasks to fulfill in the fabulous facts section, this virtual experience would not have been the same. Although we were unable to meet each other in person and explore the beautiful town of Tübingen this summer, it still felt like we formed a small community.
Oregon State University
A great course! After having participated in this IES Online Fall School 2020, I wonder if we should setup a virtual platform like telegram or some other where most people feel comfortable to stay connected virtually. It will be fun to exchange our views on contemporary issues and to keep on learning about our different perspectives!
Oregon State University
An incredibly informative course, whilst still being fun and engaging.