Tübingen, Germany

Of Values and Virtues - Europe, Diversity, and the Question of Identity

when 8 January 2024 - 2 February 2024
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 1800

The past years have seen the EU facing a lot of criticism from various sides and a plethora of challenges threaten the community - internally and externally - and what held its societies together for a long time. In this program, students examine the fundamental notions at the heart of what Europe stands for: religious freedom, humanism, and civic virtue. Furthermore, courses cover the current challenges Europe and the EU face today: the rise of nationalism; political fragmentation and radicalization; migration, religion and questions of identity and war.

In addition to each schools' academic program, 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 1800: The program fee includes

- All courses and workshops
- Course materials
- Excursions
- Welcome package
- Welcome reception and farewell evening
- Cultural and social activities
- Accommodation in Tübingen
- 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


Limited financial support is available. The financial support is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, social commitment and financial need.