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University of Tübingen



  • 1477 Founding of the original four faculties: Theology, Law, Medicine, Philosophy
  • 1535/36 Founding of the Evangelische Stift school of divinity for Protestant Theology
  • 1817 Founding of the Economics Faculty and the Faculty of Catholic Theology
  • 1863 Founding of the first Faculty of Science at a German university
  • 1979 The number of students tops 20,000 for the first time.


The University provides its scientists and academics with a research-friendly environment and the freedom necessary for creativity. Students are confronted with burning issues in research at an early stage, and are encouraged to take an active role in research projects. The International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities explores ethical problems arising from research.

The University values diversity and promotes equal opportunities among its members regardless of gender, social and religious background, disability and sexual orientation. It therefore also creates family-friendly conditions for students, employees, academics and scientists


The University reinforces its basic research with outstanding performance in core areas. Its policy of targeted funding takes in collaborative research centers, research groups, research training groups and outstanding individual research, as well as partnerships with business and industry. The University also collaborates with other universities in the region and with government-funded research institutions.PhD networks help to integrate young researchers into structured doctoral studies while promoting interdisciplinary research projects. The University also provides help for young researchers whose work has potentially commercial applications


Career services:

  • Jobs and practical training
  • Positions vacant at the University of Tübingen
  • Online job pages (for employers, students and graduates)
  • Practical training (offered by the Career Service)

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

  • Starting in Tübingen (for students new to Tübingen)
  • Central Student Advisory Office (ZSB)
  • Advice for international students
  • Help for international researchers (Welcome Center)
  • Psychological counselling for Universtiy employees.

Housing services

  • Information for international scientists and scholars
The University of Tuebingen offers special rooms and apartments for visiting scientists and scholars.
  • Information for PhD students
If you are a PhD student it is recommended to apply for a room in the student halls of residence!
  • Hotels and B & B places
You would like to visit Tübingen for only a few days?Are you expecting a visitor?
  • The private housing market
You are going to stay for a longer period and would like to have a look at the private housing market?Here you can find tips regarding finding private accommodation

ICT services

Internet facilities

  • Surfing
  • Searching
  • E-mailing
  • Bulletin board
  • Blogging

Student Life

Sports facilities

University Sports Center – offers students and University members a comprehensive range of popular and competitive sports as well as martial arts via the Institut für Sportwissenschaft

Student clubs

  • Alumni Tübingen – the alumni association helps the University keep in touch with its formers students, graduates, academics, employees and visitors, while promoting a lively exchange between the university and alumni as well as between alumni themselves.
  • Universitätsbund – the association of friends of Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen promotes projects and individual efforts benefiting the University and its members

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