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Tübingen, Germany

University of Tübingen in Germany

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University of Tübingen

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 dates

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


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

Course Offerings

Temple students studying at the University of Tübingen can take classes in German in any of the following subjects:

  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English Language, Literature & Culture
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German Language & Literature
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology

Exchange students typically also take German as a Foreign Language coursework to improve their German language skills while abroad.

Course Approvals

Prior to departure, students must complete the Course Approval process. Part of this process will require students to speak with the appropriate faculty members to evaluate courses and assign a corresponding Temple requirement. Courses that are taken abroad may have a direct Temple course equivalent, may fulfill an upper level elective or a lower level elective, general education requirement etc. Faculty will approve and assign corresponding Temple courses or requirement, but do not indicate the number of Temple credits that will be received for each course taken abroad. Students are advised to seek pre-approval for about twice as many courses as they can take, in the event that they need to change their schedules upon arrival. 

Upon arrival, if students find that they must make a last-minute course change and enroll in a course that has not been pre-approved, students should e-mail the details of any new courses to the appropriate departments for evaluation. However, due to the time it takes to have a course approved from overseas, in some cases final determination on course approval may not be made until students return. It is therefore always advised to include any and all courses that a student might take abroad on their External Program approval form.

Transfer of Credits

After Temple receives an official transcript from the University of Tübingen, approved courses that have been passed with a grade equivalent to a C or better will be accepted by Temple and appear on students' transcripts as transfer credit. The number of credits received for each course will be evaluated at this time. The University of Tübingen uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to articulate credits on its transcripts. More information about Temple's transfer credit policies, including conversions from ECTS to Temple credit, can be found on Temple's Undergraduate Bulletin. Temple GPAs will not be affected by grades earned on an exchange.

Grading Scale

Tübingen Grade Grade Description Temple Equivalent
1-1.5 Sehr Gut (Very Good) A
1.6-2.5 Gut (Good) A
2.6-3.5 Befriedigend (Satisfactory) B
3.6-4.0 Ausreichend (Sufficient) C
4.1-6 Nicht Ausreichend (Insufficient) F

Language of instruction


Students are strongly encouraged to attend a four-week intensive German language and orientation program offered by the University of Tübingen prior to the start of classes.

School location

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


Students may 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
Students who decide to live in a student accommodation 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 that students apply by the deadline. Students can see each residence and apply online through Studierendenwerk Tübingen

Independent Housing
Exchange students are free to search for accommodation on their own. Please note that finding independent housing in Tübingen can be extremely difficult and expensive.

Program costs

Students pay Temple tuition and fees directly to Temple. 


Open to qualified students matriculated at Temple University. 

Applying to the program

Application Deadline: March 1 for the academic year and spring priority; September 1 for the spring semester