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UMD Exchange: University of Tubingen (Germany)
All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.
The University of Tubingen is world-renowned for its accomplished faculty and impressive scholars set against the backdrop of a charming medieval town. As study abroad has been a feature of the university for years, the staff is well-equipped to assist exchange students with course selection and assimilation into campus life. The University's history began in 1477, so it's not surprising to find that almost every building or square in Tubingen’s historical center is linked to a renowned scholar. Famous Tubingen alumni include Hegel, Hölderlin, Schelling, and Johannes Kepler. The University remains to this day a place of research and teaching. In addition to the nearly 85,000 inhabitants, there are 24,000 German and international students. Some 400 professors and more than 4000 other academic staff teach at the University’s seven faculties.
Tubingen is a lively picturesque town on the banks of the Neckar River. A small university town of 120,000 inhabitants, Tubingen is an ideal location for study abroad. Long recognized for its international flair, rich in culture and history, and alive with a broad range of entertainment and sports activities all in easy access of the campus, Tubingen is certainly the perfect university setting. Located only 15 miles from Stuttgart, Tubingen offers students the benefit of experiencing a small, historic German town in close proximity to a major metropolitan center.
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Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:
- 3.0 GPA
- Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
- It is recommended that students have completed GERM301 to participate in this exchange.
Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.
Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.
- Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
- Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
- FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
- After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
- If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
- Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.
Students taking classes only in English Language & Literature and American Studies do not need to show German proficiency; however, it is strongly recommended that students have some German language practice before participating in the exchange. The list of courses taught in English can be found on the Tubingen website.
Generally, students with sufficient German proficiency can take classes in the faculties of Arts, Economics and Social Sciences, and Mathematics and Natural Sciences, with the exception of laboratory science classes, which are restricted. Course offerings in English can be seen here: http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/en/90763. German language courses are also available, but are meant for advanced-level students and can be seen here: http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/en/1056.
Tubingen does offer German preparatory classes for students wanting to study at Tubingen and improve their English before the semester begins. More information about those classes can be found on the website. Please keep in mind that these courses are not included in the exchange agreement and may have additional fees attached. Students can also take German language courses during the semester along with content courses. Information about German courses offered can be found here: http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/en/92046.
All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree. Most courses at the University of Tubingen will be converted as follows:
|University of Tubingen Credit||UMD Credit|
|1 ECTS credit x .625||1 UMD credit|
|5 ECTS credit x .625||3 UMD credit|
The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on July 9, 2014
You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents through the Transfer Credit Services Equivalency Database (TCEQ). If you are interested in taking a course not listed on TCEQ, you may have it evaluated for acceptability by following the UMD Registrar’s evaluation request guidelines.
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
|University of Tubingen Grade||UMD Grade|
In contrast to many universities abroad, the University of Tubingen does not have university-owned dormitories. The student residences are owned by public or private institutions. Many students at Tubingen find private accommodation but the university recommends that exchange students live in student dormitories managed by the Student Services Organization (Studierendenwerk). There is information about housing on the Tubingen website.
Tubingen offers student support to exchange students through the International Student Affairs and Exchange Programs office. Their website highlights practical information about the exchange as well as detailed information about arrival and orientation.
The German education system academic calendar is different than the US education academic calendar. Tubingen has two semesters, the Summer semester and Winter semester. The Summer semester runs from mid-March until the end of July. The Winter semester runs from mid-October until mid-February. The academic calendar for Tubingen is on their website.
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000!
To be considered for this scholarship, you must:
- Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
- Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, TAES, etc.)
- If you have a completed FAFSA on file and wish to be considered for need based aid in addition to the automatic award, complete the EA fund form by the deadline.
UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet
Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.
You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.
Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad: