University of Tübingen

Tübingen, Germany

Founded in 1477, the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen is one of Germany's oldest universities. It is particularly famous for its faculties of medicine, theology, law, philosophy and science. Tightly interwoven with the university's history is the Evangelische Stift, a Protestant seminary founded in 1536 to which many famous names have added distinction.  Today, Tübingen's 20,000 students live in a comparatively small city of 85,000 residents. While the majority of the liberal arts departments and institutions are located in the old part of Tübingen, the modern science center was built thirty years ago on the hills overlooking the town. The university has more than 450 professors and 2,000 academic assistants.

Program Overview

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Academic Program

Exchange participants are required to take a full-time course load (at least 12 Temple credits) while abroad and will earn transfer credit.

Language of Instruction


Best for

German language majors or minors.

Learn more about the academic program, course approvals and transfer credit process.

    Location & Facilities


    Tübingen is situated in southeastern Germany, 40 kilometers south of Stuttgart in the state of Baden Wurttenberg. Of Germany's ancient university towns, none has retained its charm as handsomely as Tübingen. The winding alleys and gabled houses of the town center surround the lovely 15th-century Stiftkirche and the Evangelische Stift. The crooked little streets of the guilds, the numerous half-timbered houses, stores, wine cellars and student pubs define the picture of Tübingen just as much as the historical landmarks of the city: the city hall and marketplace, the old Bursa, Holderlin Tower and Castle Hohentubingen. One third of Tübingen's residents are affiliated with the University, and University and city life are very much entwined. Cultural activities in Tübingen include theaters, concerts, exhibitions, and lectures.


    • Computer labs and campus Wi-Fi
    • Student Organizations
    • Career Center
    • Gym and Sports facilities
    • Library
    • Cafeteria
    • University Museum
    • Botanical Gardens
    • International Student Services Office
    • Administrative Offices
    Program Dates

    Because the Fall Semester calendar dates overlap with the start of the spring semester at Temple Main Camus, Temple students may choose from Spring Semester or full Academic Year.

    • Fall Semester: early September through mid-February
    • Spring Semester: late February through mid-July
    • Academic Year: early September through mid-July

    Program participants are required to be present for the entire length of the program, from the official arrival date through the program end date.


    At Tübingen, you can choose to live in student accommodations or find independent housing. Detailed information about housing will be provided to all accepted students directly from the University of Tübingen.

    Student Residences (recommended)
    With this option, you can apply to live in any of the available dormitories throughout Tübingen. The University of Tübingen strongly recommends that students opt for student housing and apply by the deadline. View each residence and apply online through Studierendenwerk Tübingen

    Independent Housing
    As an Exchange student, you can also search for accommodations on your own. However, finding independent housing in Tübingen can be extremely difficult and expensive.

    Faculty & On-site Support

    As an Exchange Program participant, you will have access to the support provided by your host institution.


    Program Costs

    Temple Tuition and Standard University Fees

    Students pay Temple tuition and fees directly to Temple. Visit Temple’s Bursar for per-credit tuition rates. All students pay University Services Fee.

    More details

    For complete details about billable costs and estimate for non-billable expenses, such as airfare, meals, and personal expenses, view the program cost sheet.

    View Program Cost, Scholarships and Financial Aid.

    Health & Safety

    Your health and safety abroad are our highest priority. View our Health and Safety page, and stay tuned for more details about health and safety on this program.


    For more information, contact Education Abroad: 215-204-0720; .

    Eligibility Requirements

    Temple programs are open to qualified students matriculated at any U.S. or Canadian college or university.

    You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements.

    Are enrolled fulltime and will have completed 2 semesters before studying abroad
    • You are enrolled as a full-time matriculated student at the time of application as well as during the semester prior to studying abroad.
    • You will have completed at least two (2) semesters of college-level study by the program start.
    Are in good academic standing and meet minimum GPA requirement for the program

    You meet minimum cumulative GPA requirement, on a 4.0 scale from all colleges/universities attended. The requirement varies by program:

    • Temple Semester Programs: 2.75 (Internships: 3.0)
    • Temple Summer Programs: 2.5
    • Exchange Programs: 2.75
    • External Programs: 2.5

    You remain in good academic standing from the time of application until the start of your term abroad; students on academic warning are not eligible to participate.

    Have a valid passport

    You will need a passport, valid well beyond the length of your program, by the application deadline.

    View deadlines and validity requirements for your host country.


    Are in good disciplinary standing

    You are in good disciplinary standing at the time of application and remain so through the start of your term abroad. Students who have been found responsible for a code of conduct violation and will not be in good disciplinary standing (including disciplinary probation) may submit a petition for review.

    Meet the minimum age requirement

    You are at least 18 years old at the time of application.

    Non-U.S. citizens: you are welcome to study abroad if you meet the eligibility requirements; however, you are not permitted to study abroad on an exchange program in your home country. Please speak to Education Abroad if you have questions about your eligibility.

    For Tübingen University, the following additional considerations apply.

    • Students will be selected mainly on the basis of their intellectual purpose and emotional maturity.
    • Pre-requisites: completed at least four semesters of university-level German language courses.

    Application Requirements

    The standard application requirements pertain to all students applying to Temple programs.

      Additional Requirements for Tübingen University

      German language evaluation, completed by a faculty member in the German department. You can send the evaluation form electronically to your evaluator from the online application or download a paper form from your application that you evaluator can submit directly to Education Abroad.

      Admissions Timeline

      • Admissions is not rolling.
      • Temple nominates students for Exchange Programs after the deadline for the specific term.
      • Once you submit your application, you should expect a decision by the decision deadline, about one month after the program application deadline has passed.

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