Summer School II

June 12 - July 07, 2023 (Departure Friday, July 7th)

"Quo vadis Europe? The EU and the Question of Identity"

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This program, taught in English, deals with the general dynamics of European Integration and with the EU as a unique political system consisting of very diverse member states with distinct national cultures. The past decades have seen the emergence of a plethora of challenges that could threaten the community’s “we feeling” – hence, what held its societies together. Courses cover current European debates on the possibility of a European iden-tity and ask whether the EU is fit enough for the future. We will also get out of the classroom and meet with European politicians and experts in these fields.

In addition to these courses, the program offers students German language classes (for beginners (A1) and students who already possess some German skills (A1-A2)), an intercultural workshop that prepares participants for the very diverse setting in which all classes take place, a buddy program which matches each participant with local students who offer support throughout the summer school (and before), and a rich and varied social program that offers many opportunities to experience local and student life in one of Germany’s most historical university towns.

The program at a glance



Every class is mandatory. This includes the welcome and farewell session, intercultural workshops, language and program classes.

The following schedule shows an overview of the four-week program and provides information about the dates and times of the courses, excursions and activities.

Schedule (printable PDF)


Academic Program

The T-IES Summer School II (on-site) consists of two combined modules:

Module "Europe & the European Union"

Academic introductory courses (taught in English):
Study Trips:

Each of the mandatory study trips is linked to one of the academic courses above:

  • 1-day study trip to Strasbourg (visit to the European Parliament) 
  • 1-day study trip to Stuttgart 

Module "Language & Culture"

Further information

Credits & Grades

Social Program

The social program includes trips, cultural activities as well as social gatherings.

You will get the chance to experience German and other cultures, explore Tübingen and its surroundings - a perfect chance get to know your classmates and buddies better and have fun together.

Participation in the activities is optional and you can register during the first week of the program via Moodle.

The social program includes activities such as Bowling, trips to nearby castles and monasteries or film evenings.

Buddy Program

To support you during your stay in Tübingen and to promote an intercultural exchange we have set up a Buddy Program in which a student of the University of Tübingen teams up with a T-IES participant. Click on the link for more information! Buddy Program


The T-IES Summer School II (on-site) is designed for undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and with a strong general interest in Europe and the EU. Participants must be at least 18 years old and and must have a very good command of English to be able to follow the academic courses and participate in discussions.

Number of places: 24

Please note: Participants in the T-IES Summer School II (on-site) will not be enrolled as students of the University of Tübingen.

Program Fee

Please note that there may be a slight increase in the program fee for 2023 due to rising costs after the pandemic (hotels and bus companies, for example, are hesitant to quote too far ahead).