Technical University of Munich

Munich, Garching, Straubing and Weihenstephan
Germany

Language of instruction

English
German

The Technical University of Munich is one of Europe’s top universities and is ranked within the Top 50 universities globally. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the promotion of promising young scientists. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence.

During WWII, 80 per cent of the main campus buildings were destroyed. When teaching recommenced in 1946, undergraduates provided voluntary hands-on restoration services.

As the capital of Bavaria, Munich is a major cultural and financial centre. Residents enjoy a very high standard of living – ranked 4th worldwide!

Semester dates

UQ SemesterHost SemesterDates
Semester 1Summer Semester (Semester 2)April–September
Semester 2Winter Semester (Semester 1)October–March

View the TUM academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Campuses

TUM is represented internationally through its multiple locations across the globe. Its main campuses, however, span 3 large sites in Bavaria:

  • Munich
    • Downtown campus
    • Olympic Park
    • University hospitals
  • Garching campus
  • TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

20 ECTS credits per semester at TUM is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Host university requirements

GPA
You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at TUM.

Language

  • German: If you are planning to attend courses at TUM in German: Verification of your German skills.
  • English: If you are planning to attend courses at TUM in English: Verification of your English skills.

In most cases, the required level is at least B1. Students wishing to study in the following departments are required to have a minimum language level of B2 in German to be considered in the application process:

  • Chemistry
  • TUM School of Management
  • Center of Life and Sciences in Weihenstephan

Students without a B2 language level of German must only study courses taught entirely in English. Courses listed as being taught in both English and German are unlikely to be suitable - additional approval will be required.  

Study Options
You must choose a primary admission department from the list of departments open to exchange students. You must take the majority (60 per cent) of your courses from within this chosen department. Further details are outlined in the Additional Academic Information section below.

Semester Restrictions
UQ has important information about overlapping semester dates for exchange students at TUM.

Other Requirements
Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of two years of study before commencing their study at the Technical University of Munich.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.  

Find courses

Search the TUM course catalogue (select "continue without login").

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Aerospace engineering
Architecture and Design
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemistry and biochemistry
Computer engineering
Computer science
Economics
Electrical engineering
Environmental studies
Finance
German
IT and computer science
Information technology
Innovation and entrepreneurship
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Physics
Political science
Software engineering
Postgraduate
Advertising
Aerospace engineering
Architecture and Design
Biomedical engineering
Business administration
Business information systems
Economics
Electrical engineering
Environmental engineering
Finance
German
Human resources
IT and computer science
Information technology
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
Marketing
Mechanical engineering
Mechatronic engineering
Political science
Software engineering

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Accommodation

Dormitory accommodation is prioritised for students attending TUM under the Uni-wide agreement, however housing is not guaranteed. You need to express your wish to be considered for a dormitory place when completing your TUM application. If you do not do this, you will not be considered.

Students attending TUM under a departmental exchange agreement (Architecture, Chemical Biotechnology, TUM School of Management) are not eligible to apply for dormitory accommodation.

For students outside the Uni-wide agreement or for students not wishing to apply for dormitory accommodation, TUM provides some tips and advice for finding accommodation. Please be aware that finding accommodation in Munich can be challenging and it is important to start your research early.

Cost of living

Living in Munich is relatively expensive. Information on the average cost of living is provided by TUM to help with budgeting. Some additional costs you may come across during your exchange include a Residence Permit and Student Union fee. 

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Exchange students are not eligible for TUM's standard scholarships. Students may be eligible for a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship administered through TUM. Visit the website to find further information on scholarship possibilities.

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All students in Germany are required to have health insurance. You cannot be enrolled at TUM without sufficient health insurance. All applicants, therefore, need to contact a public health insurance provider to confirm whether they are adequately insured.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

TUM provide information on legal requirements regarding entry requirements, residence permit, registration and de-registration, working in Munich

Contact the German Federal Foreign Office for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)