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Tubingen-South Africa Programme

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The Tübingen-South Africa Programme is a cultural and language exchange programme that offers South African students the chance to be exposed to the German culture and language. It also aims to bring about closer ties and understanding between South Africa and Germany. ​​​​​​


What do​es the prog​ramme consist of?​

Students spend a month in Tübingen, where they take part in a programme designed to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge in various subjects, from language to history to economics. Students also go on factory visits and sightseeing excursions, which make for an exciting four weeks of multifaceted learning.

Who qualifies for the Tübingen-South Africa Programme?

Each year, 18 students from Tübingen’s local partner universities get the chance of a lifetime to take part in the programme. Apart from SU, the other partner universities are the universities of Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal, Johannesburg, Witwatersrand, Pretoria and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.      

If you enjoy engaging in group discussions and enthusiastically take part in group activities, you are an ideal candidate. You must also be able to serve as a good ambassador for South Africa. More specifically, you must:

  • be registered for a full degree at SU;

  • be in at least your second year of study;*

  • have an overall aggregate of 60%;* 

  • have not travelled abroad before;

  • be able to travel to Germany for the month of January; and

  • be a South African citizen OR hold a valid South African study visa.

*Additional requirements specifically applicable to SU students.​

​How will my visit be funded?

Successful SU students qualify for a travel bursary to cover their flight expenses. The programme then covers your:

  • accommodation with a German host family (including a small breakfast);

  • lunch and dinner during the week at the local student canteen (Mensa);

  • bus pass for the month of January valid in Tübingen and suburbs;

  • internet access;

  • study material (notepad, pens, etc.);

  • seminars and classes;

  • expenses associated with other, accompanying events and activities;

  • expenses associated with official excursions and factory tours, including transport, entrance fees, meals, etc.; and

  • extra warm winter wear, if needed.

As your contribution, you will be expected to cover:

  • your registration/administration fees;

  • the courier fees for your visa application, where applicable;

  • your transport to and from the nearest airport in South Africa;

  • your meals over weekends; and

  • your pocket money (we suggest taking about €350–400).

How do I apply?

To apply students can send their CV and two-page written motivation to by 15 August 2022.