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Winter Program - “International & European Studies”, 4 - 29 January 2016, University of Tübingen, Germany

Publish Date: Oct 01, 2015

Deadline: Oct 31, 2015

Event Dates: from Jan 04, 2016 12:00 to Jan 29, 2016 12:00

About the Winter Program

The Winter Program comprises two modules in "International & European Studies" and "Language & Culture". The courses and excursions of both modules are compulsory for all participants within the Winter Program and are covered by the program fee.

The following schedule shows an overview of the four weeks of the program and provides information about the dates and times of the courses, excursions and activities. The Winter Programm starts with a three-day stay at the Berghaus Iseler in the ski area Oberjoch.

Module "International & European Studies"

Academic Introductory Courses    

The Module "International & European Studies" comprises academic introductory courses taught by University of Tübingen faculty. The courses focus on political, economic, historical, legal and cultural aspects of Europe and the European Union. The excursions and field trips are part of the academic courses and are covered by the program fee.

Information about the courses can be found in the course descriptions (soon to be updated):

January 4 - January 29 (6 ECTS credits)

Course description

  • European Politics
  • European Law
  • European History
  • 3-day excursion to Berlin: historic center and government district
  • 1-day excursion to Strasbourg

Guest Lectures

Within the program guest lectures by experts and decision makers from various fields will be held. 

Module "Language & Culture"

January 4 - January 29 (2 ECTS credits) 

German Language Course

The module "Language & Culture" offers two German language courses at different proficiency levels depending on participant's needs. The courses will be taught by the University's own qualified instructors.

  • German Language Course

Intercultural Workshop

An intercultural workshop will give participants an introduction to intercultural communication and the chance to reflect on their study abroad experience. 

Cultural & Social Activities

In various cultural and social activities you will get the chance to meet German students, experience German culture and explore Tübingen and its surroundings.


The Winter Program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students with any kind of academic background who wish to gain a basic knowledge of Europe and the European Union from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Participants must be at least 18 years old and and must have a very good command of English to be able to follow the academic courses and participate in discussions.

Preferential consideration will be given to applications from students who are currently enrolled at a partner university of the University of Tübingen. Further information on partner universities of the University of Tübingen can be found at the website of the Office of International Affairs.

Number of places: 24

Please note: Participants in the Winter Program will not be enrolled as students of the University of Tübingen.

Application & Financial Support

How to apply for Winter Program 2016

For applying to the Winter Program please send the following document by 31 October 2015 by email to the Office of the International & European Studies Program:

  • Application form: Download the application form here.
  • Letter of motivation: Why would you like to participate in the Winter Program "International & European Studies"? What is your special interest in Europe and the European Union? Why have you chosen to participate in a short-term program in Germany? (max. one page)
  • Transcript of records: Official, certified transcript showing courses and grades from the university you are currently enrolled.

As all subject courses of the Winter Program are taught in English a language proficiency on an advanced intermediate level is a necessary prerequisite. If you have an official proof of your proficiency level in English, please add it to your application (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, attendance of language courses).

Email: info [at]

If you prefer to send the application by post, please send it to the following address:

University of Tuebingen

International & European Studies

Keplerstr. 2

D-72074 Tuebingen

Application deadline: 31 October 2015 

Please note that your own institution may require an earlier submission. Applications are considered in the order of their arrival. Early applications are encouraged.

All documents have to submitted in English. The International & European Studies Program will only consider applications that are complete, including all required supplemental documents and that reach the office by 31 October 2015 at the latest. Applications after this date will only be considered if there are still places available.

You will be informed by email about your acceptance or rejection two weeks after your application. The programm fee of € 2,000 (early bird by 30 September: € 1,600) has to be paid by the applicant right after the acceptance to the Winter Program. Applications are only possible for the complete program.

Please note: Participants in the Winter Program will not be enrolled as students of the University of Tübingen.

How to apply for financial support

Within the Winter Program limited financial support is available. The financial support is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need and is granted only for participation in the Winter Program.

Application deadline: 31 October 2015

In addition to the regular application documents mentioned above, students applying for financial support have to submit the following documents by 31 October 2015:

  • Application form: Download the application form here.
  • Proof of applicant's monthly income: e.g. pay-slip, income tax return, scholarship, state support, bank account statements of the last three months
  • Proof of applicant's parents monthly net income: e.g. pay-slip, income tax return, bank account statements of the last three months


If you do need to withdraw from the Winter Program, the following cancellation policy will apply:

  • Participants must send their cancellation in written form to the International & European Studies Program (by email, post or fax).
  • Cancellations received by 30 November 2014 will incur a charge of 30% of the program fee.
  • Cancellations received between 1 December and 14 December 2014 will incur a charge of 50% of the program fee.
  • If you cancel between 15 December 2014 and after the start of the program, no part of the fee will be reimbursed. 

In the case of cancellation of the Winter Program due to a lack of participants the International & European Studies Program will reimburse the complete amount of money paid by the participant, but will have no further liability to the participant. The International & European Studies Program does not cover any other costs of the participants, such as travel bookings, visa fees etc. If the International & European Studies Program has to cancel a course or an excursion for any reason beyond its control, it will not be held liable.

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