Program Details

Accommodations and Meals

You will live in a single room in the German Studentenwohnheime (student residences), within halls or suites alongside German and/or other international students. You may eat in student restaurants and/or prepare your own meals in the kitchens in the student residences. You will receive a stipend to cover your meals and housing.


Upon your arrival, you will participate in two-day orientation program that will cover university policies and procedures (including safety and security measures), German culture and society, and student life at a German university. After the program orientation, all students participate in either the Deutsch Kompakt or the START Kurs. These courses support previous language training and also offer an introduction to the German university system.

Student Activities

Students are strongly encouraged to be active in Tübingen’s and Germany’s vibrant and diverse cultural life. The program offers reimbursement (student price) for attending events relating to German culture in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. This includes concerts, theaters, films, museums, exhibitions, and sports events. Students are also encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities offered on and off campus.

Two study trips will be organized, one during the fall semester (Jena, Erfurt, Weimar, and Leipzig) and one in the spring semester (Berlin). Additionally, cultural activities and excursions into the surrounding area are organized throughout the semester.

Program Dates

(dates are approximate)

Full-Year Program 2019-20
Arrival  August 31
Deutsch Kompakt Course September 2 - October 2
Winter Recess December 21 - January 6
Fall Classes End February 9
Sommersemester Classes Begin April 14
Departure July 31


Spring-Semester Program 2020
Arrival March 4*
START Course* March 9 - 27*
Sommersemester Classes Begin April 14
Departure July 31
*those opting for the Deutsch Kompakt course (add'l fee required) will arrive on March 1 and begin that course on March 2