Tübingen is a town of about 75,000 located in the southwestern part of Germany, near the major city of Stuttgart. The town is located on the Neckar River between the Black Forest and the Swabian Jura, both areas of geographical interest and beauty. The town’s center, where most university classes meet, is also beautiful since it has preserved its medieval character. Most houses are half-timbered and many date to the 16th century.
Students are housed in modern dormitories similar to those one would find at Valparaiso University, or more commonly, in Wohngemeinschaften (living communities) in which the student has a single room but shares a common kitchen, bathroom, and living area with 4-11 other students. Many students choose to eat their main meal each day in the government-subsidized (and therefore reasonably-priced) cafeterias.
A full academic year of study at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen, German includes the following three components of study:
Language and Orientation Program (September 1 - October 10*): A program for incoming foreign students sponsored by Tübingen University. The program, which takes place in Tübingen and the charming village of Blaubeuren, helps prepare you for life at a German university. Successful completion of this program allows you to earn three elective credits towards a German major or minor (before the first semester even gets started!)
Wintersemester (October 15 - February 15*): You may register for courses sponsored by the foreign student office (Internationale Sprachprogramme) and/or you may register for regular lectures and seminars in various departments of the university. You will select your courses based on your major, minor or general education requirements at Valpo. Careful planning with your academic advisor and/or your German professor before you leave for Tübingen is crucial.
Sommersemester (April 20 - July 20*): Again, you may register for courses sponsored by the foreign student office and/or the regular university departments.
*dates are approximate
All students should consult with their academic advisor regarding course planning. Any course equivalencies must also be approved by the corresponding department head (i.e. History Department would approve a course taken abroad to count for a history course or specific degree requirement at VU).
Program dates for the Academic Year 2018-2019 have not officially been determined. Dates listed will serve as an estimate until official dates are released - they are usually sent in the official acceptance letter from the university. The program typically begins in early September and ends mid-July.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Applicants must have at least junior standing, and have completed at least German 204 (fourth semester German), but most successful applicants have completed higher-level courses.
The deadline to apply for the Academic Year 2018-2019 will be March 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed by the German Department alongside the Office of International Programs study abroad staff after the deadline has passed. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee they would pay in Valparaiso. Any scholarships or other awards a student has are valid during the Tübingen year, except work-study and other “on-campus” aid.
Instead of the Valpo room and board, you pay the Tübingen room and board. Typically, a single room currently costs 225-300 EURO (check the rate of exchange for the Dollar equivalent) per month. Meal costs will typically be lower than at Valpo, since the German government heavily subsidizes cafeteria costs for university students; however, some students prefer to prepare all their meals in the dormitories.
The fee for the five-week orientation program is paid for through the generosity of the Max Kade Foundation (as long as Valparaiso’s funding relationship with the Max Kade Foundation continues).
German majors accepted into the program will be considered for the Henry and June Giebel Study Abroad Scholarship. Students are encouraged to apply for the Baden-Württemberg Scholarship and the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship.
Students can expect to spend in the neighborhood of $1200-$1400 for travel to and from Germany. Many of the discount flights described in newspapers are not useful for the Tübingen program, since they are for short-term stays.
German medical insurance is mandatory for exchange students, and it costs approximately 75 euro per month. However, it is possible to get an exemption if you present a letter from your U.S. insurance company, together with your insurance card, once you arrive in Tübingen.
Count on spending at least as much as you do in Valpo for miscellaneous educational and living expenses and add on for any travel you might plan. For information on rail passes, discount airfare and on other advice on studying abroad, please refer to the following websites: www.studyabroad.com, www.goabroad.com, and www.studentsabroad.com.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert - Associate Director of Study Abroad Programs
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Dr. Sarah DeMaris - Professor of German
Office: ASB 264
Phone: (219) 464-5344
Dr. Jennifer Bjornstad - Associate Professor of German
Office: ASB 260
Phone: (219) 464-5277
Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.