As a Tufts-in-Tübingen student, you are fully integrated into the German university system, and you will work with the Resident Director to select a full course load from the offerings at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Almost all courses are taught in German,* and special German language courses are offered exclusively for visiting students. If you feel it is necessary, the director can arrange for you to work with a tutor to work in any course. This arrangement is possible for almost all courses. (*English-taught courses are available only if they are required for your major.)

You may also take advantage of cultural mentoring that is offered throughout the semester. This program can help you develop general intercultural skills that you can later transfer into your professional life.

Courses/Faculties at the University of Tübingen
Please note: Courses listed below are a representative list of courses taken by participants in recent years; not all courses are offered every semester.

  • Archaeology of the Middle Ages
  • Introduction to Scientific Archaeology
  • Composition Techniques
  • Painting and Collage Techniques
  • Sculpture
Art History
  • Dutch Painting in the 17th Century
  • German Painting: Impressionism and Realism
  • War and Art
  • Animal Physiology I
  • Microbiology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Cell Biology with Lab
  • General Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Environmental Ethics
Comparative Religion
  • Introduction to Islam
  • Introduction to Qur'an
  • Judaism, Christianity, Islam: Festivities in Cultural and Historical Context
  • Religion through Film: Islam
  • Women in Ecclesiastical History
Computer Science
  • Hardware Verification in Industry
  • Macroeconomics
  • European Integration
  • International Monetary Policy
  • International Trade Policy
  • Open Economy
  • 20th Century American Culture Through Film
  • Censorship in North American History and Culture
  • Colonial and Postcolonial African Novels
  • English Writing in India/Indian Writing in English
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Modern Britain: Visual Images of the Nations
  • The Novel Today: Recent British Fiction
  • Topics in Semantics: Plurality
Environmental Studies/Geology
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Systems
  • Ecosystems of the Earth
  • Applied Geology
  • Applied Geostatistics
  • Hydrogeology
  • Physical Geography
  • French Revolution: Politics, Art, and Literature
German Language
  • Contemporary Children's Literature in Germany
  • Early GDR Literature
  • Expressionism
  • Foreign Travel from a German Perspective
  • Franz Kafka: Narratives
  • Germany After the War: Short Stories and Reportage
  • German Syntax
  • Introduction to German Language and Literature of the Middle Ages
  • Introduction to Modern Literary Theory
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Literary Theories from Antiquity to Present
  • Literature and World War I
  • Literature Under Dictatorship
  • Lyric-Epochs: From Realism to Expressionism
  • Concept of Violence in Literature, Film, and Computer Games
  • The Weimar Republic: Culture and Literature
  • Theory of Literature in Historical Perspective
  • World Religions in 20th-Century Literature
  • Youth and the Avant-garde in 20th-Century Literature
  • A History of Music Aesthetics
  • British Colonies in North America from 1607-1776
  • End of WWII: Effect and Aftermath
  • Everyday Life in the Late Middle Ages
  • Germany in the 20th Century
  • Research Seminar: East-European History
  • Revolutions in European History
  • Society in Nazi Germany
  • History of the United States from WWII to the Present
  • Stalinism
  • Development of Nation-States in Europe in the 19th/20th Century
  • Differential Equations
  • Number Theory
  • Ethical Theory: Principle of Happiness
  • Kant: Groundwork for Metaphysics of Morals
  • Philosophical Aspects of Modern Physics
  • Selected Readings in Platonic Dialectic
Political Science
  • Analysis of World Politics
  • Democratization in Latin America
  • Discourses of Security
  • Economy and Development in the Middle East
  • Germany in International Relations
  • Globalization
  • Parties and Party Systems in Europe
  • Risk Society
  • Seminar: The European Union
  • Systemic Competitiveness
  • The Conflict in the Middle East
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Introduction to Personality Psychology
  • Memory and Language
  • Psychology of Language
Special German Language Courses
  • Contemporary German History through Film
  • Conversation in German
  • Creative Writing in German
  • German Vocabulary
  • Economic and Legal Terminology in German
  • German Culture and Civilization
  • German Bestseller
  • German Mass media
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Jews in Germany: Germans and Jews
  • Rhetoric and Academic German
  • Translation: English to German

Deutsch Kompakt

For those students who need an intensive German refresher course, the Center for International Language Programs offers a five-week "Deutsch Kompakt" course in September and in March. The cost of the course is included in the cost of the program for full-year students; for spring-semester students who wish to enroll in the course, there will be an additional fee of approximately U.S. $1000. A three-week German language refresher course ("START Kurs") offered at the university for students who already possess a strong grasp of German will be subsidized by the program.


Non-credit internships are available on a limited basis. Internships may be possible in schools (teaching English), the university clinic, government, cultural organizations and businesses.