The University of Tübingen, founded in 1477, is a prime location for academic studies and research. A full range of disciplines and a high standard of research, both in the sciences and humanities, contribute to its international reputation. Today*, 27,600 students, 14% of which are international students, are enrolled in some 330 courses of instruction.
Innovative. Interdisciplinary. International. These have been the University of Tübingen’s guiding principles in research and teaching ever since it was founded. With this long tradition, the University of Tübingen is one of the most respected universities in Germany. Recently, its institutional strategy was successfully selected for funding in the Excellence Initiative sponsored by the German federal and state governments, making Tübingen one of Germany’s eleven universities distinguished with that title of excellence.
Tübingen has also proven its status as a leading research university in many national and international competitions – in key rankings Tübingen is listed among the best universities for Science and Medicine as well as for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
(* Winter Term 2018-19)
The City of Tübingen is situated in the south-west of Germany, on the Neckar river at the foothills of the Swabian Jura and the Black Forest. Major centres of industry & technology are nearby, including renowned economic and cultural centres in and around Stuttgart. The old centre of Tübingen with its market square and town hall is surrounded by a unique ensemble of historic timber-framed buildings dating from the late 15th to the early 16th century and attracting many visitors every year.
The city offers a wide spectrum of cultural and social events. These include art exhibitions at the local gallery, two theatres, indoor and open air concerts as well as archaeological and scientific collections, and the ‘Studium Generale’, a public lecture series offered by the University. There are also numerous parks, gardens, and forested areas to explore by foot or bicycle. With its scenic geographical setting, lively local culture and extensive green space, Tübingen offers its residents excellent quality of life.
Recreation and social life can be found in Tübingen’s restaurants serving local Swabian and international foods, in traditional beer bars and outdoor cafes, or by joining one of the student orchestras or choirs. An athletics program offers a variety of sport activities to students, and the immediate surroundings of the town provide an inviting environment for outdoor activities such as swimming, bicycling and hiking, or cross-country skiing in the winter