Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

Sauer, Anne

Branco, Jessica

Bennett, John

Crowley, Zachary


Tufts in Tubingen, 1965


The Tufts in Tubingen program, founded in the fall of 1965, was originally designed to serve as a graduate program for students planning to teach German in American colleges and universities. An undergraduate program was added in the fall of 1967, allowing juniors with third year level proficiency in German to participate.

The Tubingen program, which accepts up to twenty students a year, is integrated with Eberhard-Karls Universitat in Tubingen. Founded in 1477, Eberhard-Karls is one of the oldest and most respected universities in Germany. The year long program not only allows students to experience German university life, but also provides numerous opportunities for travel around Germany over the course of the year, including planned excursions to Berlin, and even the option of a semester at Jena in the former East Germany.

Students, selected by the German department, were originally housed with German families, but now are housed in single rooms at the university. They are required to take an intensive three-week course in German before their departure, and then remain in Germany through the second, or summer, semester.

At its inception, Tufts administrators felt that the German university experience would be too difficult for American college students, and hence only the graduate program was founded. Qualified graduate students took a full year of courses in Tubingen, and then returned to Medford to complete comprehensive exams and finish writing theses. After a year, however, administrators decided it was important to allow undergraduates the experience as well.

Tufts in Tubingen has survived not only a week long student strike in the fall of 1976, but also the fall of the Berlin Wall, which caused a huge influx of East German students. As of 2000, Tufts in Tubingen remains a popular program, accepting students from all majors who can prove proficiency in German.

Source: TAR, TD, OBS, TW

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De Florez Prize in Human Engineering, 1964
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Dearborn, Heman Allen, 1831-1897
Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1893
Department of Anesthesia, 1970
Department of Art and Art History, 1930
Department of Biochemistry, 1893
Department of Chemistry, 1882
Department of Community Health, 1930
Department of Dermatology, 1897
The Department of Economics, 1946
Department of Medicine, 1893
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Department of Neurology, 1893
Department of Neuroscience, 1983
Department of Neurosurgery, 1951
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1893
Department of Ophthamology, 1893
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1906
Department of Otolaryngology, 1895
Department of Pathology, 1893
Department of Pediatrics, 1930
Department of Pharmacology, 1915
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1854
Department of Physiology, 1893
Department of Psychiatry, 1928
Department of Radiation Oncology, 1968
Department of Radiology, 1915
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1955
Department of Surgery, 1893
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, 1973
Department of Urology, 1910
Dental Health Sciences Building, 1969
Dewick, Cora Alma (Polk), 1875-1977
Dewick/MacPhie Dining Hall, 1959
Dickson Professorship of English and American History, 1913
Dirlam, Arland A., 1905-1979
Dog Cart, 1900
Dolbear, Amos Emerson, 1837-1910
Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
Dr. Benjamin Andrews Professorship of Surgery, 1987
Dr. Philip E. A. Sheridan Prize, 1977
The Drug Bust, 1970
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Dugger, Edward Jr., 1919-75
Durkee, Frank W., 1861-1939
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