The Eberhard-Karl-Universität Tübingen, founded in 1477, is one of the oldest universities in Germany. It is situated in a beautiful town in southwest Germany, just an hour by bus or train from Stuttgart. For a number of years the German Department of Washington University has had close ties to the University of Tübingen, exchanging both faculty and students. Students may choose to participate in the year abroad program or the semester abroad program, which is offered every spring semester.
Göttingen-Tübingen Day (information session)
Each September, there is an information session (Göttingen-Tübingen Day) to answer any questions you might have concerning the study abroad program. For a copy of the handouts, or to ask additional questions, please contact Erin McGlothlin. There is also a Tübingen website for WashU students that you may find useful.
Please see the Timetable for important program dates.
Applications for the Tübingen program are available online through the Overseas Programs office website and are due on February 1 for the year abroad and on May 1 for the semester abroad. Please direct questions to Erin McGlothlin
- Application deadline: Spring semester program: May 1 of the prior year
- Application deadline: Year-long program: February 1 of that year
Undergraduate students in good academic standing at Washington University are eligible to apply for admission to the study abroad program if they have maintained a B average and have attained sufficient proficiency in German. Upon acceptance into the program, students must have no incompletes. (This does not bar students with incompletes from applying to the program, if they can demonstrate their ability to remove them by the time of acceptance.) Applicants need not be language majors. Students usually spend the junior year abroad, but in some cases it is possible to spend the senior year abroad. Students planning to major or minor in German must return to Washington University to take at least one 400-level German course. Those wishing also to graduate with honors must additionally (with departmental permission) enroll in Ger 497 (Independent Work for Senior Honors) in the fall and Ger 498 (Independent Work for Senior Honors) in the spring, for a total of three classes on the 400 level during their senior year.
Academic credit and grades
The exact number of credits earned by each student and the distribution of credit among subject areas are determined following completion of study abroad. In general, it is expected that a student will earn between twelve and seventeen credit units per semester abroad. Students may, with the advice and approval of the Tübingen Program director, enroll in any course in which they are interested. However, during each semester abroad, students must complete at least one course in German literature, culture, art, history, or politics. Distribution requirements as well as requirements for a number of different majors may be completed in Tübingen. Students will need to check with the study abroad adviser in the respective academic department before going to Tübingen to see whether Tübingen courses will be accepted for the major or minor. Courses taken in Tübingen that relate to the study of German language and culture may count toward the major or minor in German; however, in the case of such courses as art history, cultural history, sociology, etc. that are not squarely in the field of Germanistik, students must first check with the program director to see if the courses will count toward the German major or minor. Courses may not be counted in two separate departments. A limited number of distribution credits (a maximum of three unclustered units in one of the four main distribution areas per semester abroad) may be completed in Tübingen. Letter grades are not awarded for work in Tübingen. Courses are listed on the transcript under the numbers of corresponding Washington University courses with the notation “University of Tübingen, Germany.”
Please review the prerequisites for the year abroad program or prerequisites for the semester abroad program, as well as the information about transferring credits (see sections below) from the German academic system.
The cost of the year abroad program includes tuition, insurance, accommodations, miscellaneous fees and group outings and organized activities. Information concerning the financial side of the program may be obtained from Amy Suelzer in WashU's Overseas Programs office.
All students who receive financial aid from Washington University may transfer that aid to the study abroad program. Determination of the exact amount is made by the staff of Student Financial Services. If you receive money from other sources you should continue to receive these funds as you are still officially enrolled at Washington University.
Students will usually be housed in dormitories. Occasionally a student will live in a private residence. Housing is extremely tight in Tübingen and we have little choice about dormitory assignments.
Students will make and pay for their own travel arrangements.
Year abroad program prerequisites
Students must complete Ger 302D with a grade of B- or better in order to be eligible for the year abroad program. It is also highly recommended that students complete Ger 401, 404, or 408, courses that help prepare students linguistically and/or culturally for study abroad. All students admitted to the University of Tübingen must pass a Sprachprüfung. This test is administered in October in Tübingen. Washington University students attend a 4-week language and orientation course in Tübingen (Deutsch-Kompakt) that is designed to help prepare them for the test. Fees for this course are included in the cost of the program.
Semester abroad program prerequisites
Students must complete Ger 301D with a grade of B- or better in order to be eligible for the semester abroad program. All students admitted to the University of Tübingen must pass a Sprachprüfung. This test is administered in April in Tübingen. Washington University students attend a four-week language course at the Goethe-Institut Bonn and a four-week language and orientation course at the Universität Tübingen (Deutsch-Kompakt) that are designed to help them prepare for the test. Fees for this course are included in the cost of the program.
Acquiring credits in Tübingen
Students in Tübingen may receive up to 17 credits per semester for participating in seminar courses, lecture classes, ISP courses, and Deutsch-Kompakt or for composing special reports about their experiences abroad. The transfer of credits will be handled directly by the program director at Washington University. The basis for the transfer of credits regarding seminars, lecture classes, and ISP is the Schein (credit certificate) received for the particular course.
Throughout their time abroad, students should consult both the program director at Washington University and the on-site directors in Tübingen about their academic plans, accomplishments, and problems. In addition, students are advised to consult WebSTAC with regard to course listings and their academic record so that they can plan for the transfer of credits (i.e. major and distribution requirements) appropriately.
Students may receive three credits for regular university seminars taken in Tübingen. In order to transfer these credits, they will have to complete whatever work is required by the instructor for receiving a Schein for that course. Students should speak to the respective instructor at the beginning of the semester to see what requirements are necessary for receiving a Schein and whether they can realistically expect to fulfill them.
Students may receive two credits for participating in lecture classes. In order to accrue these credits, students must speak with the course lecturer at the beginning of the semester to find out what extra work must be performed (papers, oral exams, written tests) in order to receive a Schein for that course. Students cannot transfer credits for more than two lecture classes per semester.
Students may receive two credits for ISP (Internationale Sprachprogramme) classes designed for improving foreign students' German-language skills. Students cannot transfer credits for more than one ISP course per semester (apart from the Deutsch-Kompakt course).
Students may also receive up to three German credits for the whole year if they submit a total of four reports (Erfahrungsberichte) of 10 pages (250 typed words a page, double spaced). Students in the semester program may receive two German credits for writing three Erfahrungsberichte. Each report should reflect and conceptualize the student's academic, intellectual, or cultural experience during specific periods of his or her residence in Tübingen. These reports are to be emailed to the program director at Washington University. Deadlines for the Erfahrungsberichte are: Report 1 - November 15; Report 2 - February 15; Report 3 - May 15; Report 4 - August 15.
At the end of each semester, a list of all courses completed during the semester and copies of all Scheine received must be sent directly to the program director at Washington University. In some cases, a student will not have received the Schein for a particular course by the time he or she leaves Tübingen, even though all required work for the class has been completed. In such cases, the on-site director in Tübingen will contact the respective professor regarding the missing Schein and will forward it to the WashU program director once it is issued. For students on the year abroad program, course Scheine (or evidence of forthcoming Scheine) for the winter semester must be submitted by the end of March. If it is determined at this time that the student had not completed the equivalent of 12 units of credit for the winter semester, the student will be placed on academic probation.