Preparing for your stay at TUM - International exchange students (2023)

may enter Germany without a visa. Please find detailed information on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office.

either need to apply for a visathemselves, or obtain a confirmation of the German BAMF, which is provided by TUM.This is aEU directive. If you already have a permit related to thisDirective 2016/801/EU, you can ignore the following part and enter Germany with thispermit. Please check with your home university about this requirement.

Please contact the German Embassy in your country of studyas soon as you begin to think about applying for an exchange at TUM, in order to determine if you needto apply for a visa or if TUM needs to apply for the BAMF confirmation.

  • Visa application is necessary? Please follow the instructionsfrom the local German Embassy.
  • BAMF confirmation is necessary? Please follow the instructionsyou will receive from TUM G&A Office.

Important advance information for students who need a BAMF confirmation
In order to apply for a BAMF confirmation, TUM needs several documents, among others: a valid residence permit for the purpose of studying (no long term, short term, family visas, etc.) in your country of study, a valid passport, health insurance for Germany, and proof of abilityto pay living costs (at least€ 861 / month - will increase to 934€ / month from January 2023 on).

  • Check that these documents are validas soon as you begin tothink ofapplying for an exchange at TUM. Please also determine if you can affordliving costs (scholarship, sponsor, blocked account statement, declaration of the earning capacity and financial circumstances of your parents and their commitment, educational loan). They must all be valid for the entire time you are at TUM.
  • Should they expire before, immediately apply for new onesin advance of applying for your stay.Only with a new permit orpassport (confirmation that you have applied for a new passportetc. willnot be accepted), valid for the time you are at TUM,can we apply for your BAMF confirmation.
  • As new documents BAMF only accepts final documents! Confirmations, that you applied for / ordered a new residence permit / passport / EHIC, etc. are NOT accepted! Only copies of the final new issues documents are accepted!
  • Applying for a new ID can take a couple of months. In some countries, you can only apply for a new passport after the old one expires. E.g. if it expires in September, you can only apply for a new one in September and will receive the new one in November or December. Only then can TUMapply for the BAMF confirmation, which you would receive in January, as the entire BAMF process can take six or more weeks. However, winter semester beginsin October and courses end no later thanmid-February.
  • Please consider application processing timewhen planning your exchange. Without the BAMF confirmation, you will not have legal permission to enter Germany for studying and willnot be allowed to start studying at TUM.
  • It is the responsibility of eachstudent to obtain all necessary documents for the BAMF confirmation from TUM Global & Alumni Office. We will do our best to inform students about the status of their applicationand any necessary steps in mid-July for the winter term andmid-December for the summer term. If youdonot receive the information by e-mail, please contact us immediately.
  • For general questions, please check with your home university first. The EU directive mentioned above requires that your home universitybe kept up to date.

require a visa from the diplomatic representation of the Federal Republic of Germany in their home country to enter Germany. Such a visa must be applied forat least two months in advancebecause students need the letter of admission from TUM, which you will receive via e-mail inJuly (for the winter semester) or in December (for the summer semester).

2. Enroll at TUM

In order to enroll as an exchange student at TUM, the steps listed in the admission letter must be completed:

  • Obtain health insurance
  • Transfer the semester fee
  • Upload a photo in TUMonline. Further information will be sent by e-mail in due time.
  • Apply for TUM Student Card

Receive the notification of admission for the winter semester starting in July; for the summer semester starting in December. The notification contains all further information and deadlines.

3. Obtain health insurance

In Germany, all students are obliged to havehealth and long-term care insurance, i.e. one must prove sufficient health insurance cover and pay a contribution to the long-term care insurance in order to be allowed to enroll at a German school of higher education. Enrollment is only possible after receipt of the proof of coverage. Presentation of an insurance policy from the home country (in the form of a plastic card or an insurance policy) is not sufficient for enrollment;likewise, a travel insurance policy will not be accepted.After you have received the TUM admission letter, please arrange your health insurance for enrollment as described below:

  1. Please wait for your TUM registration number (“Matrikelnummer”). You will receive it approximately by January (for the summer semester) or by August (for the winter semester).
  2. Make a copy of your insurance card, scan it and send it via e-mail to one of the statutory health insurance companies (addresses see below).
  3. The insurance company will check the copy of your insurance card.
  4. If everything is fine and accepted for enrollment at TUM, the insurance company will send you an e-mail or letter confirming that everything is ok and that the insurance company will forward your data directly to TUM for enrollment. This service is free.
  5. After you received the just mentioned confirmation e-mail, promptly forward it to the TUM e-mail address that you can find in your TUM admission letter, including your name and TUM registration number (“Matrikelnummer”). We will confirm the receipt.

Ifyou need to see a doctor, please present your EHIC/ own insurance. The doctor will invoice any treatmentcostsdirectly to the health insurance company if the treatmentis covered.Please ask the doctor directly if the treatment is covered.


  • If you livein a country with which Germany has a social security agreement (= successor states of the former Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Tunisia, and Turkey): Please send a copy of yourinsurance policy to one of the German national health insurance companies. Simply follow the description for EU/EWR citizens andreplace the EHICwith your own insurance.
  • Travel insurance policies will not be accepted.
  • With regard to other insurance inyourhome country,please note that practically no international health insurance policiesare recognized in Germany for enrollment at an institute of higher education, as the level of coverage is too low.

If you want todiscuss an exemption from mandatory health insurance – even though chances of success are very low: Please contact one of the statutory health insurance companies in order to clarify this. Iftheinsurance from your home country cannot be accepted for enrollment – which is usually the case –, you need to obtain a statutory health insurance in Germany(see Students who are not insured in their home country).

Should you receive an exemption, it will be valid for the entire duration of the studies – and sometimes beyond – and cannot be revoked. As in the majority of casesthe insurance coverage granted in the home country will not be the same as in Germany,an exemption can be disadvantageous. The application for exemption has to be made with one of the statutory health insurance companies at the place of residence/studies. An officially certified translation of the insurance policy issued in the home country must be submitted to the statutory insurance company.

If you receive an exemption,you willnot be insured by a German health insurance company, which means that you will initially have to pay all the costs incurred incase of illness– which can be very expensive. Therefore, you have to prove to the Foreigners’ Office that the health insurance company in your home country will reimburse you or accept 100% of the medical service rates charged, which is seldom the case. Otherwise, it is possible that your visa will not be issued.

must obtain insurance from a statutory health insurance company of their choice in Germany.

  1. Please wait for your TUM registration number (“Matrikelnummer”). You will receive it approximately by January (for the summer semester) or by August (for the winter semester).
  2. Arrange a health insurance with a German national health insurance company. You can find online forms for this on the health insurance companies’ websites (addresses see below).
  3. If everything is fine and accepted for enrollment at TUM, the insurance company will send you an e-mail or letter confirming that everything is okay and that the company will forward your data directly to TUM for enrollment.
  4. After you received the just mentioned confirmation e-mail, promptly forward it to the TUM e-mail address that you can find in your TUM admission letter, including your name and TUM registration number (“Matrikelnummer”). We will confirm the receipt.
  5. In case you need an official proof of insurance coverage in Germany (e.g. for your visa application, the residence permit, etc.), please directly discuss this with the insurance company, as TUM does not get or issue these confirmations!

Costs: The monthly studenttariff is currently €110. The contributions to national German health insurance companies are the same everywhere. However, it is worth comparing thepayment optionsand the insurance coverage.

Ifyou need to see a doctor, please present your German insurance card. The doctor will invoice any treatmentcostsdirectly to the health insurance company if the treatmentis covered.Please ask the doctor directly in advance if the treatment is covered.

Exceptions from the mandatory health insurance policy

Students who have reached the age of 30, are not obliged to have health insurance toenrolat TUM. However, according to the German law on aliens, you have to be insured during your time in Germany. There are special regulations for several EU countries, so it may be best to contact one of the statutory insurance companies.

General information about health insurance in Germany

You can find the addresses of health insurance companies in the Yellow Pages and online. It is up to you which insurance company youchoose. A selection of statutory health insurance companies who offer TUM students a personal advisor, are listed below:


Contact in Munich
Andrea Hollinger

Landsberger Str. 150 – 152, 80339 Munich, room A015

Tel.: 089 – 54441597,

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Contact in Freising
Claudia Hoffmann

Wippenhauser Str. 6, 85354 Freising

Tel.: 08161 – 182 182


AOK website for international students

Application for confirmation of health insurance


Contact in Munich
Robert Auzinger

Grillparzerstr. 14, 81675 München

Tel.: 089 375089739

Contact in Freising
Robert Auzinger

Grillparzerstr. 14, 81675 München

Tel.: 089 375089739

Barmer website / A document "Perfect Student Start" can be found under "Downloads..." at the end of this website.

DAK Gesundheit

Munich Center – Student-Office
Saskia Walter

Nymphenburger Str. 13, 80335 Munich

Tel.: 0711 – 550 834 11 17

Consultation hours by arrangement

DAK website Online application

Techniker Krankenkasse (TK)

Contact in Munich
Stefanie Behnke

Elisenstr. 3, 80335 Munich

Tel.: 040 – 4606 5104-713

Consultation hours by arrangement

Contact in Garching

Alexander Vicari

Tel.: 089 – 4606 5104-715

Consultation hours Tuesdays and Thursdays at TUM Garching,

Walther-von-Dyck-Str. 6, 85748 Garching

TK website for students

4. Transfer the semester fee on time

With your letter of admission you will receive important information regarding your enrollment at TUM, such asinstructions about how and when to transfer the semester fee. (For further information regarding the exact semester fee please see on this website below: Calculate your cost of living / Costs per semester).

Please note: Your enrollmentat TUM only becomes valid once the semester fee has been transferred on time and evidence ofa German statutory health insurance policy has been submitted.

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5. Apply for TUM Student Card

Each student enrolled at TUM is eligible for a Student Card. This card isyour student ID at TUM. You can use it e.g. as basic ticket for the local public transport in Munich, for the uni library, and also pay for lunch, snacks, and beverages in the canteen and at vending machines if you put money on your card.

As soon as you are fully enrolled at TUM, you need to order your Student Card in the “my TUM-Card” app in TUMonline. As for exchange students this process is different than for regular students, please only order your TUM Student Card by entering following address data: c/o TUM G&A Office Incoming, Arcisstr. 21, 80333 Muenchen, Germany

After you did it please wait for further instructions you will receive from the TUM Global & Alumni Office via e-mail where and when you can get your TUM Student Card. If you stay with us during the winter semester, you will receive this e-mail in September, if you come to TUM for the summer term, you will get the mail in March.

However, before picking up your Student Card, you can already print out several study documents via your TUMonline account, e.g. your proof of enrollment.

Further information on the TUM Student Card

6. Optional: additional insurance coverage

At TUM, enrolled students have an accident insurance and journeyto/from the university accident insurance (page only available in German).

We highly recommend that you also take out additional private accident insurance for your free time activities (activities outside of the university). It isup to you whether you take out an insuranceand which provider you choose.

In addition to the health insurance you need to enroll as astudent, it is extremely advisable to also getliability insurance.You may need it in case you e.g. accidently break a piece of furniture in a rented room or cause a car accident as a pedestrian. Since in Germany anybody who injures a person or damages someone’s property is held liable, you would have to pay the damagesyourself.

If you work at TUM, e.g. do an internship, please contact your supervisor to receive the information which insurance is necessary at the workplace. This information cannot be given by the TUM Global & Alumni Office, as it depends on the workplace.

7. Calculate your cost of living

Living in Munich is expensive. According to recent calculations, at least €1,200per month (incl. rent, leisure time activities not included) is needed to live in the Bavarian state capital, though you only have to provide evidence of €861 to the Aliens’ Department (currently, there is an increase to 934€ / month for winter term 22-23 on in discussion). The aforementioned monthly amount has to be guaranteed for the entire study duration, as you cannot count on scholarships and you are only allowed to work during the study periods under specific conditions (with the exception of the semester vacations).

Costs you have to expect when living in Munich:

  • Residence permit for EU citizens
    - First issue: free of charge
    - Extension: free of charge
  • Residence permit for all others
    - First issue: 110 EUR
    - Extension: 80EUR

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  • Health and long-term care insurance
    - EU citizens and countries with which Germany has a social security agreement: free of charge
    - All others: ca. € 110
  • Rent
    - Public dormitories of the Munich Student Union: ca. € 300 - 400
    - Private housing market: ca. € 600 - 1.000

  • Food
    ca. € 300

  • License fee for public broadcasting
    € 18,36

  • Additional costs for public transport, if necessary
    Only if youbuy asupplementary ticketin addition to your semester ticket(which is included in the semester fee)

For enrollment at TUM all students (as well as exchange students) need to pay this fee (which is no tuition fee):

Students of campus Munich:

Student union feeand solidarity feefor thesemester ticket

Students of campus Straubing: see here

Students of campus Heilbronn: see here

8. Register for courses after being informed to do so

Please note that, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee you will get a place in the courses that you have listed in your study plan / learning agreement when you applied to TUM.So even though you have been accepted, you will not beautomatically registered for these courses at TUM and have to register for courses yourself. You will receive further information about the registration process in ane-mail from us.

9. Organize your trip to Germany

Arrange your journey to TUM well in advance and also keep in mind that travel involves unavoidable CO2 emissions. By acting in an environmentally conscious way, your personal carbon consumption can be reduced. On our Thinking green! info page, we give you tips on how to keep your carbon footprint as low as possible and are also happy to share pictures of your experiences with green means of travel.

Downloads and Safety information

Course catalogue: How to find courses at TUM (PDF, 1 MB)

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Course catalogue: How to find modules at a department or school (PDF, 784 KB)

Safety information for your stay in Munich (PDF, 315 KB)

Barmer_Perfect Student Start (PDF, 1.718 KB)


Preparing for your stay at TUM - International exchange students? ›

Preparing for your stay at TUM: To dos after admission
  1. Clarify entry requirements and apply for visa (if applicable)
  2. Enroll at TUM.
  3. Obtain health insurance.
  4. Transfer the semester fee on time.
  5. Apply for TUM Student Card.
  6. Optional: additional insurance coverage.
  7. Calculate your cost of living.

Can I study at Tum without German? ›

Is German proficiency required for studying at TUM? A. Yes. Not only German proficiency is required for admission but in general, students are expected to have a good command of German as an important prerequisite to study and stay in Germany.

Is Tum a good university? ›

TUM is ranked first in Germany in the fields of engineering and computer science, and within the top three in the natural sciences. In the QS World Rankings, TUM is ranked 19th (worldwide) in engineering and technology, 28th in the natural sciences, 29th in computer science, and 50th place overall.

Can you study in English in tum? ›

Currently enrolled TUM students can meet the English language requirement for one of the many English master's programs at TUM by completing any of the courses included in this module: English for Academic Purposes, English for Environmental Engineering, English for Civil Engineering, and English for Geodesy.

How do I get a residence permit in Munich? ›

How to apply for the residence permit
  1. A completed form entitled Antrag auf Erteilung bzw. ...
  2. A valid passport.
  3. A valid student visa, if required.
  4. A passport photo (be aware that the passport photo style in Germany may be different from that of your home country)
  5. Proof of registration at LMU Munich (Student ID)

Is Technical University of Munich good for international students? ›

In 2006 and 2012, TUM was recognized as a “University of Excellence”. In international rankings, it regularly places among the best German universities. It also has global reach, with a campus in Singapore and liaison offices spread across several continents.

What is the acceptance rate of TUM? ›

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

It would be appropriate to say that since only 1 out of 12 applications is selected, TUM has an acceptance rate of about 8%. This makes the competition tough among international applicants.

Is TU Munich prestigious? ›

Consistently featured as one of the highest-ranked universities in Germany in the QS World University Rankings®, Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München), also known as TUM, was founded in 1868 and is a member of the TU9, an association of nine of Germany's most prestigious technical universities ...

How much does TUM Munich cost? ›

The academic year consists of two semesters. Obtaining a bachelor's degree will cost you less than 1000 USD. The university has affordable master's programs for as low as 1000 USD per year.

Does TUM have dorms? ›

Student halls of residence - TUM.

What GPA do you need to get into TUM? ›

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

Is B2 enough for German taught program? ›

As a rule of thumb, German universities require you to present a proof of upper intermediate to advanced German language skills (level B2/C1) to study in German.

What is B Tech called in Germany? ›

BTech Colleges in Germany
Ludwig Maximilians University Munich Courses & Fees Admission FAQs RankingBSc in Civil Engineering (In German)3 years (Full Time)
RWTH Aachen University Courses & Fees Admission FAQs RankingBachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (In German)42 months (Full Time)
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How long does it take to get residence permit in Munich? ›

The processing of a Germany student residence permit takes two to three weeks. You will be notified by the office of the Immigration Authorities on the decision on your application.

How much does a residence permit cost in Germany? ›

Fees. For the first issuance of the residence permit: Adults: 100.00 euros. Minors: 50.00 euros.

How much time does it take to get residence permit in Germany? ›

Upon submission of all required documents the application will be forwarded to the Aliens' Authority (Ausländerbehörde) competent for your intended place of residence in Germany. Applications take about 1-3 months to be processed.

What is the #1 University in Germany? ›

Technische Universität München

Which is the best university in Germany for international students? ›

Here is the list with the top 10 most international universities in Germany according to QS:
  • Technical University of Munich.
  • Technical University of Berlin.
  • RWTH Aachen University.
  • Darmstadt University of Technology.
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
  • University of Stuttgart.
  • Ruprecht-Karls University Heidleberg.
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What is the top 10 university in Germany? ›

Here are the best global universities in Germany
  • University of Munich.
  • Heidelberg University.
  • Technical University of Munich.
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  • Freie Universität Berlin.
  • University of Bonn.
  • University of Göttingen.
  • University of Hamburg.

Is Munich a good place to study? ›

Munich is an optimal city to study a postgraduate course. It's a safe, clean and multi-cultural city and most importantly it can be found in the list of the top ten best cities to live in. There are lots of opportunities to study a graduate program in Munich, with several universities and colleges of further education.

Does TUM give scholarships? ›

The TUM Global & Alumni Office (TUM G&A) offers numerous scholarship programs, which enable study visits and internships within Europe and worldwide.

Is it hard to get into Humboldt University Berlin? ›

There is stiff competition for admission, and it is evident from the Humboldt University of Berlin's acceptance rate, which stands at 18%.

Which is better TUM or LMU? ›

QS World University Rankings® 2022

TUM is Germany's top performing university this year, ranking 50th in the latest QS World University Rankings – 14places above LMU. TUM beats LMU in four of the six indicators used to compile the rankings, including its reputation among graduates.

What is University of Munich known for? ›

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is a leading research university in Europe. Since its founding in 1472 it has been committed to the highest international standards of excellence in research and teaching.

Is TUM private or public? ›

The Technical University of Munich, sometimes called TUM, is a public institution that was founded in 1868. The university has three locations in the German state of Bavaria – downtown Munich, Garching and Weihenstephan.

How much do TUM graduates earn? ›

Top Technical University of Munich Graduates & Alumni Salaries - By Degree
DegreeAverage SalaryFull Access
Masters in Finance$113,000Get full report
Masters in Management$81,000Get full report
Executive MBA$76,000Get full report
Executive Masters$74,000Get full report
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How much do you need to survive in Munich? ›

Compared to other German cities, however, living in Munich is relatively expensive. As a rule, you can expect to spend 1,000 Euros a month. Most of this will be for rent.

How much does it cost for a student to live in Munich? ›

In the capital of Bavaria, you should calculate with about 900 euros per months. Here's a basic outline of what you should budget for monthly living costs: Rooms in private housing including utilities: 350 – 650 euros. Rooms in university housing: 300 euros, or 370 euros including utilities.

Where do TUM students live? ›

TUM does not have on-campus accommodation. The Munich Student Union provides the TUM Global & Alumni Office with a limited number of places in student dormitories, which are primarily reserved for participants of the TUMexchange mobility program.

Does TUM have a hostel? ›

There are six hostels in the main campus with a total bed capacity of 800 students. The proximity of the hostels to the administration and tuition area and security make the place a preferred place to stay.

How do you get student accommodation in Munich? ›

Please apply online for a room or flat and read up about our halls of residence, the waiting periods and rent before applying. If you need to find a room quickly, please use our Private Accommodation Service.

Is it tough to get into TUM? ›

For me studying at TUM was a great experience, although it was not easy to be through this experience. Getting into TUM is the only easy part.

Is it easy to get in TUM? ›

Access to TUM is not difficult, provided the technical interest is there and the school grades are better than average. But now comes the big but. TUM is in Munich and there is a very serious housing problem there. It is very difficult to find an apartment and if you do, it is very expensive.

What grades do you need for TUM? ›

There is no minimum GPA requirement posted on the Website with respect to masters courses in Informatics at least. Only thing is that if you want to score any marks out of 20, in their 100 point assessment criteria; Then you better have a grade better than 3 (In German grade).

Is it hard to get into Humboldt University Berlin? ›

There is stiff competition for admission, and it is evident from the Humboldt University of Berlin's acceptance rate, which stands at 18%.


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