New in Tübingen? – How to get started!
Welcome to the University of Tübingen. To help you find your way around, you will find brochures and links for new international students at the University of Tübingen.
The brochure Welcome to the University of Tübingen (update 2017-09-20) contains information for organizing and planning your studies - with checklists, important dates, a variety of activities offered, and people who can provide advice when it comes to choosing courses.
The brochure Orientation Week Summer Semester 2018, April 09-20, 2018 (update 2018-02-09) lists orientation and introductory events taking place before the start of semester, organized both by the Departments and the University. You will find plenty of opportunities here to get in touch with other students and to familiarize yourself with how this University works.
Both brochures will be sent out to new students together with the enrollment documents. International students can also get them here in Tübingen at the Welcome and Help Desk for International Students.
Notes on Introductory Events and Advice for Organizing Your Studies
- All new students are invited to attend the event New at the University - What Now? (in German), which is organized by the Central Student Advisory Office. Here you will receive important hints for orienting yourself in the "university ecosystem" and information how to organize your studies.
- Are you enrolled in a teaching degree program? There is also a special introductory session for all new students aiming to become a teacher (in German), where details about the structure of these programs will be discussed.
- If you're coming to Tübingen for a Master's program, go to the special introductory session for new M.A./M.Sc. students.
- As an international student, you will benefit a lot from participating in the advisory program How to Study at the University of Tübingen, a preparatory course especially designed for you.
- You should also visit the introductory meeting(s) of your individual subject(s), where you will meet fellow students and find out about the structure and content of your study program as well as subject-specific regulations. You will also receive help with finding the right classes that fit with your course plan. If you are enrolled in multiple subjects, please attend all relevant introductory meetings.
In many subjects, the student representatives offer additional welcome events with a different point of view. Since not all of these events made it into the printed version of the orientation week brochure, you might want to take a look at the student group websites.
- In order to plan your studies in detail, you will need a few fundamental documents: the examination regulations ("Prüfungsordnung") and the module handbook ("Modulhandbuch") of your subject(s). Many subjects also have model course plans ("Modellstudienplan" or "Studienverlaufsplan") that summarize the structure of the program for you in the form of an example.
There are some important constraints on which courses to take, especially in the first few semesters, so you should read these documents closely at an early point, ideally even before the introductory events, or ask someone to explain them to you if you have difficulties understanding them. They are especially relevant if you are planning to do your whole studies in Germany. You can find these documents here:
- Faculty of Protestant Theology
- Faculty of Catholic Theology
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Medicine
- Medicine, Pre-clinical Studies
- Medicine, Clinical Studies
- Dentistry (Academic Affairs Office), Dentistry (Clinic)
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
- Faculty of Science
- Almost all lectures, seminars and tutorials are managed via the online portal Campus. This is also where you register for classes and exams. The introductory lecture to the Campus Portal will show you how to work with this portal.
- If you have subject-specific questions about how to plan your studies, please contact the respective faculty course advisor. You can also ask students from higher semesters, for instance the student representatives.
- Questions specifically regarding your role as an international student in Tübingen can be directed at the Welcome and Help Desk for International Students during the orientation week, and at the Office for Advising and Admission of International Students during the whole semester.
- General questions regarding the organization of your studies can be asked at the Central Student Advisory Office.