Tübingen, Germany

Representing the European Past in Cross-Cultural Communities

when 7 January 2025 - 4 February 2025
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 1950

This program delves into the political processes entailed in remembering and forgetting, introduces students to the commemorative landscape of the EU and explores possible solutions to the challenges facing European collective memory or what could be called Europe's culture of remembrance. Sessions will deal with what makes us remember some things while other facets of our lives and historical events are supressed or hard to recollect. How does what we remember (and what we - choose to - forget) structure the reality that we live in - symbolically, physically, and politically? How is the past used (or abused) to serve the present needs of individuals and collectives in Europe today, where different concepts of identity oftentimes clash with the reality of cosmopolitan communities that are both ethnically and culturally diverse.

In addition to each schools' academic program (both study tracks), we offer all participants German language classes (for beginners (A1) and students who already possess some German skills (A1-A2)), an intercultural workshop that prepares participants for the very diverse setting in which all classes take place, a buddy program which matches each participant with local students who offer support throughout each school (and before), and a rich and varied social program that offers many opportunities to experience arts, culture, and local student life in one of Germany’s most historical university towns.

Course leader

The courses are taught by University of Tübingen faculty and experts dedicated to the study of Europe.

Target group

The courses are designed for undergraduate students from all academic disciplines with a strong general interest in cultures, Europe and Germany in particular. A very good command of English and the willingness to actively participate during course activities are required.

Course aim

The Winter School is open to undergraduate students who wish to better understand Europe and the European Union from various disciplinary perspectives. The program provides you with an understanding of historical, political, economic and cultural frameworks that have shaped modern Europe.

Credits info

8 EC
At the University of Tübingen 1 ECTS equals a workload of 30 hours. The workload comprises regular presence and active participation in the courses, private and independent study, preparation of projects and examinations (e.g. written test, oral presentation, essay). Participants of the Winter School who would like to receive transfer credits at their home university are strongly recommended to contact their Academic Advisor and ask for credit and grade approval.

Fee info

EUR 1950: The program fee includes

- Accommodation in Tübingen
- All courses and workshops
- Course materials
- Excursions
- Welcome package
- Welcome reception and farewell evening
- Cultural and social activities
- A public transportation ticket for use within Tübingen

The program fee does not include the following expenses:
- Visa fee
- Flight & travel to/from Tübingen
- Health insurance
- Meals & beverages
- Leisure activities


For students who are enrolled at a partner university of the University of Tübingen the program fee will be € 1,800.