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UMD Exchange: University of Tubingen (Germany)

Tubingen, Germany
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Host Institution
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.

Host City
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.

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 before participating 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.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 

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 can be seen here: German language courses are also available, but are meant for advanced-level students and can be seen here:

Students studying in the English Language & Literature and American Studies department do not need to be proficient in German.  Classes within this department are taught in English.


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
4 C -

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. The majority of Tubingen students have to find private accommodation.  The Studentenwerk-Hohenheim, a student services organization in Tubingen, has established a housing office to help international students, in particular exchange students, to find rooms.

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:

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017 03/31/2018 07/28/2018
Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor website. It includes the Welcome Week and orientation. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.
Year (Fall-Spring) 2018 03/01/2018 03/11/2018