Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (University of 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


Students from the School of Classics and the School of Divinity can apply to study at the University of Tübingen. Find out more about who can go and the application process for each School below.

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

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 a European Union national, you will not require a visa and may enter the European Union countries with your passport or national identity card. Please note that you may have to comply with legal obligations, such as registering your address with the local authorities.

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. You can also check the passports and visas page for further information.

About the University

The University's history began in 1477 when Count Eberhard “the Bearded” of Württemberg founded the University. In addition to the nearly 84,000 inhabitants, there are some 28,500 students. Some 450 professors and more than 4,000 other academic staff teach at the University’s seven faculties. Tübingen is one of eleven universities selected for the Excellence Initiative by the German government.

Classics is taught within the Faculty of Humanities. The University is also well-known for its Museum of Ancient Cultures, which is located in the Hohentübingen Castle. The departments of ancient history, archaeology, art history, classics and religious studies and their excellent libraries at the foot of the Schloßberg and in the Old Town round off an outstanding environment in which to study Classics.

Divinity is taught in the Faculty of Protestant Theology, the Faculty of Catholic Theology and the Center for Islamic Theology. There are numerous opportunities for theological dialogue and joint research work.

A professor demonstrates something for a student in a science lab


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

As a St Andrews student heading to Tübingen, you can apply for the Baden-Württemberg scholarship. This scholarship is generously provided by the Baden-Württemberg Stitftung. Scholarship holders may also ask to live in the Prinz Karl residence, a halls of residence in the historic part of Tübingen which is only open to scholarship holders.

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

The University of Tübingen provides information about the 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.

The University of St Andrews is unable to guarantee housing at any partner institution.

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 counselling 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


Global Office
University of St Andrews
Bute Building
Westburn Lane
St Andrews
KY16 9TS

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