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  • Locations: Tübingen, Germany
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.
Program Description:

University of Michigan Center for Global and Intercultural Study

University Study in Germany - 
University of Tübingen


Park in Tubingen

Students enroll at the Universität Tübingen in April for the "Sommersemester," which runs from April through July. This will be categorized as a Winter semester program at the University of Michigan. 

Tübingen, a town decorated by traditional German architecture and serene riverfront views, is positioned in the center of the Baden-Württemberg region of Germany, near the state capital of Stuttgart. Visit the Hohentubingen castle, the Cistercian Monastery, and the historic Market Square, all while soaking in the experience of a semester in a traditional German university town


  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • At least sophomore standing by program start date
  • Good academic standing
  • 3 semesters college-level German or equivalent with 3.0 GPA minimum in language classes
  • Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only


Students will enroll in both classes designed for German language learners and classes with the university at large. 

Incoming students are automatically enrolled in the Startkurs, a 10-day orientation course focused on language, cultural adjustment, and the practicalities of living in Tübingen.

For an additional cost this may be substituted for Deutsch-Kompakt, a challenging intensive language course that lasts 5 weeks.

While students should focus on their German-language learning while in Tübingen, it can be helpful to take one course in English to ease the transition and to help you meet German students. Tübingen has a provided a list of English-language courses from previous terms.

Credits: 15-18 credits per term.

Instruction is in German or English.

LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.

Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).


Winter 2018 Budget Sheet
Winter 2019 Budget Sheet

Scholarships and Funding

Baden-Württemberg Scholarship: students can apply for a scholarship through Baden-Württemberg. Selected students will receive 700 Euros per month for 5 months (2019-20 numbers). Candidates will be considered on the basis of financial need. Applicants will receive information on the scholarship application procedure after the September 15 deadline and their CGIS application has been reviewed.

LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need.

Arati Sharangpani Memorial Award

Sources for Funding Global Study

Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.

Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).

Passport and Visa

Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.

When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.

For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.

Application Procedures

Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.

Application Requirements include:

  • Attendance at a session of First Step
  • 1 Language Recommendation Form (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail, recommender submits online)
  • U-M Transcript
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
  • Records Release
  • Disciplinary Disclosure
  • Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
  • Tübingen Application (online )
  • Optional Scholarship Application
  • 2 Passport Photos
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.

Dates & Deadlines

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PROGRAM DATES: Dates given are the longest possible experience, beginning the day before the intensive, optional Kompakt-Kurs (the standard Startkurs option begins on March 18th for 2019) and ending with the latest possible exams.


Dormitory housing. If students receive the Baden-Württemberg stipendium, they will usually be housed in the Prinz Karl international dormitory in the center of town. Otherwise they will be housed with German students in dormitories throughout the city.

Student E-Advisor

Would you like to hear about this experience from a returnee who participated in this program previously? Consult an e-advisor! E-advisors are part of the CGIS Ambassador cohort, you can reach out to them via e-mail any time and ask questions to a peer who actually knows what it will be like on-site. For this program you can reach out to: 

Bradley Tao -
Caroline Randolph -

Need to Know

Winter 2019 CGIS Handbook Supplement for Tübingen 
Host Institution (University of Tübingen)
Exchange Student Handbook (University of Tübingen)
Exchange Student Information (University of Tübingen) 

CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:

  • Preparing to Travel (passports, visas, air travel, culture shock, financial planning)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships (program affordability, university financial aid packages, scholarships)
  • Health and Safety (travel health insurance, vaccinations/medications, self-disclosure of health information, mental health, social identities, emergencies abroad)
  • Policies (grades and credit, registration, billing, withdrawals)
  • Diversity and Access Abroad (helpful resources, LGBTQ identities abroad, racial and ethnic identities abroad, disabilities and accommodations)
  • Information for families of students participating in CGIS programs

Contact Information

Center for Global and Intercultural Study
Suite 200
Weiser Hall
500 Church St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003

Note: The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 09/15/2019
11/15/2019 TBA TBA

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications, please see Dates & Deadlines or contact the sponsoring office for more information.