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Eberhard-Karls Universitat-Tubingen
Tuebingen, Germany (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/15/2017** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
 Housing Options:
Dorm (double), Dorm (single)
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Anastassia Kaml
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Various, Family Studies
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Eberhard-Karls Universitat is one of the oldest and most highly regarded universities in Germany. Founded in 1477, the university throughout its history has hosted many of the great minds of European thought, including Hegel, Herlin, Kepler and Schelling. Today Tubingen remains one of Europe's premier research and teaching institutions. It has a student body of approximately 24000, of which 2500 are international students and 1600 are faculty. WMU students interested in this exchange program may be able to contact students from the host institution currently studying at WMU.

Services available to exchange students:
  • International coffee-hour
  • Internet Access in computer labs and internet cafes
  • Sport facilities
  • Several libraries (one central and numerous departmental libraries)

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad.

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Tubingen is a small university city with a population of about 84.000, located in southern Germany approximately 40 miles south of Stuttgart. Tubingen is practically equidistant from Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Paris, and Rome. It is one of Germany's few remaining medieval cities and it is a center of Swabish culture.  With students, professors, and researchers from around the world gathered there, the city has an international atmosphere that offers a unique blend of old and new, creating a stimulating place to live and study.

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Academic Eligibility
Good academic standing, Advanced study in German.

Academic Program
Tubingen is a comprehensive university, offering instruction through more than 20 departments and institutes. There is an optional, but highly recommended, Language and Orientation Program offered before classes begin in the fall. Classes are offered in Theology, Law, Economics and Business Administration, Theoretical and Behavioral Medicine, Philosophy, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Modern Language, History, Cultural Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Biology and Geoscience:

Students are expected to enroll in the START course, a 3-week course beginning in mid-September that includes intensive language instruction, orientation, and advising.  An extra fee for this course will be collected in-country ( 75 Euros).   The normal German academic calendar is winter term: mid-October through mid-February; summer term runs mid-April to mid-July.  WMU students will be in Tubingen from September through mid-July.

Two lectures and two seminars per semester are recommended. In addition, students can attend courses in the area of German as a second language. Total semester load: 30 ECTS.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Academic Year 2015/2016 (12 credit hours for each semester): $13,640
Financial Aid budget details can be found under the "Budget sheet section"-academic year.

The program fee includes: tuition, administrative fees, WMU international health and emergency  insurance HTH WOrldwide, enrollment & orientation fees at Tubingen. 
The program fee does not include: housing, meals, airfare, books, local transportation, passport, residence permit, German student union fees, possible German insurance and miscellaneous expenses.
Note:  Students should remember to plan for extra expenses, such as establishment costs, weekend travel and personal spending money. Plan extra approx. $105 for the required pre-session Start Kurs (reflected in financial aid budget). Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences.

The program fee will be billed to the WMU student account per semester.

Please see program fees and detailed financial aid budget estimations are available under "Budget sheets".

Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.
Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs).   The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
   Study abroad commitment fee
+ Qualified fees (tuition)
+ Non-qualified fees (other costs)
= Total program fee

Commitment fee:  The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form.  The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for the fall semester.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad.
Students applying for this program may also be eligible for DAAD Scholarships 

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Note: program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or canceled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

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Accommodation is administered by the Studentenwerk (Student Services Organization). Exchange students who are placed at Tubingen live in a Studentenwohnheim (University Residence Hall). The rooms in the Studentenwohnheimen are single occupancy, furnished, and some have private baths. There is a shared kitchen and lounge on each floor.  There is a damage deposit due upon arrival (400€).

Accommodation is available during Start Kurs sessions and during semester breaks. Rooms are rented by the month, not by semester. Therefore, students are allowed to stay in their rooms until they terminate the rental contract.

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Additional Resources

Contacts at WMU
Dr. Olivia Gabor, 414 Sprau, 387-3036
Dr. Peter Blickle, 414 Sprau, 387-3006
Dr. Gunther Hega, 3406 Friedmann, 387-5885,

Host Institution Information (external links)
Course Information
University of Tubingen
University of Tubingen Student Portal 
DAAD - Studying in Germany
DAAD scholarships
DAAD Alumni
the Baden-Wuerttemberg Scholarship.

Country Information (external links)
Germany - Lonely Planet
City of Tubingen
U.S. State Department Information
Country Specific Information - Germany
Culturegram - Germany

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