Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany

The University of Tübingen is one of Europe’s oldest universities, founded in 1477. Teaching at the University of Tübingen reflects the broad, interdisciplinary spectrum of its research, with more than 280 courses on offer.

University of Tübingen website

Who can go?

Postgraduate research students in the School of Divinity.

There is currently a limit of one postgraduate research student per academic year for a period of three to six months.

How to apply

Postgraduate research students in the School of Divinity interested in studying at the University of Tübingen should:

  • identify a potential supervisor at Tübingen who will be able to supervise you for the duration of your study abroad placement
  • provide evidence as to why you would benefit from a visiting studentship
  • be in good standing as doctoral student
  • complete the postgraduate Divinity abroad application form (Word) and email your application to the CSA team at studyabroad@st-andrews.ac.uk.

If you are selected to participate in this exchange, St Andrews will nominate you to Tübingen. You will be required to complete the partner's application for admission by the deadline.

Current students can contact study abroad coordinators to find out more. 

Your studies

The academic year at the University of Tübingen is split into two semesters:

  • Summer semester: April to September
  • Winter semester: October to March. 

To view the full academic calendar, please visit the Tübingen website.

A picture of the Tübingen skyline in Germany

Passports and visas

If you are an EU national, you usually won’t require a visa and may enter Germany with your passport or national identity card. See the University of Tübingen’s advice on visas and residence permits.

You should ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your trip, and for at least six months after you return to the UK. You should scan your passport and keep a copy for your records.

If you are an international student who has a visa to study in the UK, and you have any questions about the implications of studying or working abroad whilst matriculated at St Andrews, you should consult Student Services by emailing advint@st-andrews.ac.uk.

About the University

The University's history began in 1477 when Count Eberhard “the Bearded” of Württemberg founded the University. In Tübingen’s historical centre there is hardly a building or a square that is not linked to a renowned scholar.

Tübingen today remains a place of research and teaching. In addition to the nearly 84,000 inhabitants, there are some 28,500 German and international students. Some 450 professors and more than 4,000 other academic staff teach at the University’s seven faculties.

A professor demonstrates something for a student in a science lab


As an Erasmus+ exchange student, you will not pay tuition fees to your host university, and will only be liable for your normal St Andrews tuition fees.

Most students are eligible for an Erasmus+ Mobility grant – provided by the European Commission and paid through the University of St Andrews – which contributes towards the extra costs arising from studying or working abroad for credit. Erasmus+ grants are externally funded, and therefore the University of St Andrews cannot guarantee funding will be available in any given year.

Research Council students should make sure that they have their funding body’s permission to study abroad, notifying them particularly for any grants that they may be receiving from Erasmus+.

The University of Tübingen provides information about estimated costs of living in Tübingen.


The University of Tübingen does not have university-owned accommodation and instead uses residences owned by public or private companies. The Studentenwerk-Hohenheim is a student services organisation which helps international students to find rooms in Tübingen.

Please see the Tübingen website for further accommodation information.

The Neckar River front in Tubingen

Travel and transport

The easiest way to get to Tübingen is to fly to Stuttgart Airport. Many airlines fly direct to Stuttgart from major British airports. Once in Stuttgart, the Airportsprinter bus runs to Tübingen, with the journey lasting approximately 50 minutes.

Many students cycle around Tübingen; however, there is also a good bus service, and day passes offer unlimited travel and are relatively inexpensive. Students at the University of Tübingen are entitled to a discounted semester ticket for local public transport.

Further information about travelling around Germany and hiring a bike can be found on the Tübingen website.

Student support

The University of Tübingen offers a variety of support and counseling services. The Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) gives helpful advice to those planning to study in Tübingen as well as those already enrolled.

An old town market in Tubingen


Collaborations and Study Abroad
University of St Andrews
St Katharine's West
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St Andrews
KY16 9AX

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2245
Email: studyabroad@st-andrews.ac.uk