The CSU International Programs (IP) offers affordable academic year study abroad options at 50 different universities in 18 countries. The IP Learn German Program is coordinated by the Office of International Relations at the University of Tübingen. Students from every major are encouraged to participate, as a wide variety of educational opportunities are offered.
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Tübingen is located is in southwest Germany. IP is affiliated with the State of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany. It is the third largest state in the Federal Republic and one of the most economically powerful, with a focus on research and development. Baden-Württemberg is home to world-renowned universities. It is also an area of scenic beauty.
: University of Tübingen
IP is coordinated on the German side by the University of Tübingen, where the International Programs maintains its office. This arrangement allows students from a wide range of academic backgrounds and disciplines to pursue courses in their major area of study at one of the many and varied institutions of higher education included in the agreement.
For more information about this host institution, visit the University of Tübingen website
All IP students participate in a Preparatory Language Program (PLP) before the fall semester begins. PLP courses offer intensive instruction in German grammar, reading, writing, and conversation. Most beginning and intermediate German language students will continue language studies at the University of Tübingen. All students are expected to enroll in regular university courses by mid-year.
For more information regarding the course offerings and links to the host universities, visit the Program Brochure
You will earn Cal Poly credit on this program.
You are highly encouraged to get your Major, Minor and GE courses pre-approved prior to applying to this program.
: Provide the course descriptions to your Academic Advising Center/Faculty Advisor to determine the course equivalencies and how credits will transfer back. You are highly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor/faculty advisor to complete any necessary paperwork prior to applying/departure.
: Consult with the Minor Department to discuss the best way to seek course pre-approvals.
Credit Transfer of GE Courses
: Pick up the GE Course Substitution for Study Abroad form at the Cal Poly International Center (Building 52- Room E32). Please provide the course descriptions of the GE courses you wish to have approved when submitting the form. Allow four to six weeks to hear back about substitution approvals. You will hear back about your GE petitions with an email notification from firstname.lastname@example.org.
To review potential Pre-Approved General Education and Language course lists, visit the Cal Poly General Education
To review the available course offerings on this program, visit the Academic Bulletin for Germany
This program is open to all majors. MLL Major/German Minor students are encouraged to apply.
- Minimum 2.75 GPA
- Minimum of sophomore standing
- Graduates students are able to enroll in undergraduate-level courses
- 2-5 quarters college-level German or equivalent
- Not actively on academic probation
- Good disciplinary standing
How to Apply
1. Complete Cal Poly International Center Application for CSU IP Germany: Learn German by January 13th.
2. Submit all application materials through the CSU IP website/Terra Dotta system by February 1st deadline.
3. On-campus interview is required
All housing is arranged by IP prior to arrival. Preparatory Language Program: homestay. Academic year housing: dormitory. Housing is scarce in most German university towns; therefore, it is nearly impossible for students to find apartments.
The IP Germany program is an academic yearlong program.
To review the program dates, visit the IP Learn German Calendar
Special Events/Planned Activities
IP students in Tübingen will have the opportunity to participate in the Tandem Partner Program, organized by the International Office. The Tandem Partner Program was designed to give visiting CSU students and German students the opportunity to meet and interact for the purpose of improving their foreign language conversation skills. In addition, students can take part in the Mentor Program through which international students find a German student mentor at the University of Tübingen who will help with all kinds of academic questions from a student’s point of view.