Location: Tübingen, Germany
Program options: spring semester or academic year*
Language of instruction: German

*COVID restrictions may impact availability

The Tufts-in-Tübingen program, which enrolls up to twenty students, is completely integrated into the German university system. Program participants study at the Eberhard Karls University, founded in 1477 and one of Europe’s best academic and research-oriented universities. Seven Nobel laureates are included among the university's former students, researchers, and instructors. National and international rankings consistently underline the high quality of the university’s research and teaching. A large selection of courses is offered, with more than 280 majors and minors represented at the undergraduate and doctoral levels. Tufts-in-Tübingen students have enrolled in courses across the university, from archaeology to zoology.

The university and the city of Tübingen are closely intertwined. The city has about 85,000 inhabitants, including some 28,000 students from Germany and abroad. Tübingen is centrally located within Europe and is long recognized for its international atmosphere. Rich in culture and history, the city combines the flair of a picturesque medieval town with the energy of a vibrant cosmopolitan university town. With a range of cultural and sports activities within easy access of the campus, Tübingen is an ideal university setting.

The Tufts-in-Tübingen program is designed as a one-year program of academic study and students are strongly urged to pursue the year option. However, it is possible to apply for the spring semester only.

Internships can be arranged for qualified students. In the past, placements have been made in schools, hospitals, businesses, government ministries, and NGOs.

Program Staff

Director: Ute Link, Magister Artium (M.A.)., German Literature, Linguistics, American Studies, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.


Well-prepared undergraduates (normally juniors, but occasionally some seniors) who meet the general eligibility requirements and who have taken at least two years of college-level German may apply to the program. The program is not limited to German majors only; in recent years, students from departments such as art history, biology, chemistry, economics, international relations, music, political science, and psychology have attended. The program welcomes applications from students enrolled at universities and colleges other than Tufts.


$39,605 for spring semester, $79,210 for the academic year includes:

  • Orientation program.
  • Full room and board (a single room in a student apartment).
  • Full tuition and fees at Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen.
  • Participation in the Deutsch Kompakt Language Program (covered for full-year students only).
  • Tutorials in any course.
  • Monthly transportation pass.
  • German health insurance.
  • Cultural events and day/weekend excursions. 
  • Reimbursement for German cultural activities.
  • Please note that airfare and certain other travel costs (visas, etc.) are *not* included- student is responsible for these charges.