Technical University of Munich

Munich, Garching 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 Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Summer Semester (Semester 2) April–July
Semester 2 Winter Semester (Semester 1) October–March

View the TUM academic calendar.

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

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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

20 ECTS credits (or 14 SWS) per semester at TUM is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

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

Find courses

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. 

Search the TUM course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

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

Course restrictions

If accepted into TUM, you must take the majority (60 per cent) of your courses from the department you apply for. The rest of your courses can be selected from other TUM departments.

There may be time clashes in your schedule if you are attending classes across TUM's multiple campuses in Munich.

A limited number of places will be reserved for Architecture students (both undergraduate and postgraduate).

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:

  • Architecture
  • Chemistry
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine

Additional academic information

TUM has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

Exchange students at TUM can apply for private accommodation or for a room in a dormitory run by a social or private organisation. However, exchange students cannot directly apply for a dormitory room run by the Munich Student Union.

The University can assist with finding accommodation during your studies and provides information to help you get started.

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 scholarships.

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

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

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad 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, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.