Organization

Before the study exchange

General information on your study exchange at TUM

You wish to study at TUM as exchange student? Then your home university needs to nominate you for a study exchange and you have to apply online to TUM:

Application

When you have received confirmation of acceptance at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) as an exchange student, you should prepare early for your stay abroad.

TUM Global & Alumni Office provides extensive information on preparing for your stay at the TUM:

General Information for international exchange students

General information on courses and academic requirements

As an exchange student, you can choose courses from the complete course catalogue on Bachelor and Master level provided you fulfill the (recommended) prerequisites of the modules as stated in the module descriptions.

We expect you to take at least 60% of your workload (number of modules) from the course offer of the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering.

Please note that our Bachelor programs are in German but most Master’s program are in English or partly in English. If you had at least 2 years of prior studies at your home university and you fulfill the (recommended) prerequisites of the modules as stated in the module descriptions, then you can attend modules from our Master’s programs.

Language requirements: We expect you to have at least B1 German or B2 English language skills depending on the language of instruction of your chosen courses.

How to find courses

As the scheduled dates for courses are updated only a few weeks before the beginning of the semester, please have a look at the course offer of the previous year. Usually there are only minor changes between corresponding semesters.

You can find all courses in the study portal TUMonline: TUMonline

Please use the app “Module catalog”:

  1. Select an organisation: „TUBVFBV TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering“
  2. Select a module from the list or use the search function or check the module handbooks from our bachelor and Master degree programs by clicking on „Download“
  3. When you click on a module, the module description is available with information about ECTS credits and (recommended) prerequisites but also the semester when it is offered, the language of instruction and the content description.

Please  note: Courses are the parts of a module. Sometimes the lecture is the only part of the module and both have the same title. But a module can also consist of more than one course and the titles of a module and its corresponding courses may be different.You are expected to take all courses of a module because you will do the module exam and not the course exam at the end of your studies. You can see in the module description which course(s) belong to the module: when you click on „Courses and exams“, each course of the module is listed under "Offer node“ .

Preparing your (online) learning agreement / study program

The scheduled dates for courses are updated only a few weeks before the beginning of the semester (mid September for the winter semester, mid March for the summer semester). So when you set up your study program or learning agreement at an early stage, you cannot be sure if there are time conflicts of your chosen courses, if the exam dates do collide or whether a course is actually taught in the semester. So be prepared that it might be necessary to revise your study program or (online) learning agreement after the start of the semester.

We expect you to take at least 60% of your workload (number of modules) from the course offer of the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental. We recommend you a course workload of 15-20 ECTS per semester but if your home university asks for a higher workload, you have to follow these requirements.

Please check the module description before you set up your learning agreement especially with regard to the semester, (recommended) prerequisites and language of instruction.

Please always indicate the module ID together with the title of the module in your study program or learning agreement respectively.

The contact person person who signs your (online) learning agreement is the International Affairs Delegate of the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering (see adjacent contact box).

Start of the study exchange

Further information about studying at TUM and life in Munich can be found here:

General information for international exchange students

Life in Munich

International Campus Life – orientation and support for incoming students

International Campus Life team provides initial assistance at the beginning of your studies in Munich as well as an extensive cultural program throughout the semester.

International Campus Life organizes introductory weeks for international and exchange students at the beginning of each new semester. The tutors will help with dealing with authorities and opening a bank account, with finding your way at the university and much more. International Campus Life team also offers tours, excursions, language café, "Länderabend" (country evening) and further activities.

It is necessary to register for the program!

Event offer

Language courses at the Technische Universität München

The Language Center (Sprachenzentum) of the TUM offers diverse language courses for incoming students to help them improve their knowledge of German. There are courses at all levels of proficiency. Furthermore, incoming students can choose from a large variety of foreign language courses:

Language Center

Professional courses and course registration

How to find courses and what you have to consider when choosing courses

As an exchange student of the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering you can choose courses from the complete catalogue on Bachelor and Master level provided you fulfill the (recommended) prerequisites of the modules as stated in the module descriptions.

We expect you to take at least 60% of your workload (number of modules) from the course offer of the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering. Exchange students are also allowed to take single courses from the course catalogue of other departments/schools.

You can find all courses in the study portal TUMonline: TUMonline

Please use the app “Module catalog”:

  1. Select an organisation: „TUBVFBV TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering“
  2. Select a module from the list or use the search function or check the module handbooks from our bachelor and Master degree programs by clicking on „Download“
  3. When you click on a module, the module description is available with information about ECTS credits and (recommended) prerequisites but also the semester when it is offered, the language of instruction and the content description.

Please  note: Courses are the parts of a module. Sometimes the lecture is the only part of the module and both have the same title. But a module can also consist of more than one course and the titles of a module and its corresponding courses may be different.You are expected to take all courses of a module because you will do the module exam and not the course exam at the end of your studies. You can see in the module description which course(s) belong to the module: when you click on „Courses and exams“, each course of the module is listed under "Offer node“ .

When and how to register for courses

You will not be registered automatically for the courses you named in your learning agreement / study plan. In general, you need to register by yourself via TUMonline after you completed your enrollment. The course registration opens in the beginning of October (winter term) and April (summer term) at the latest.

You need to register for all courses of a module. You can see in the module description which course(s) belong to the module: when you click on „Courses and exams“, each course of the module is listed under "Offer node“. Click on the "+" indicated in front of each course → information on the course dates and venues but also the registration button will be indicated here. If the registration button is green, then the registration is open and you can start with the registration procedure. For that, you need to login in TUMonline.

Changing your (Online) Learning Agreement

The scheduled dates for courses are updated only a few weeks before the beginning of the semester (mid September for the winter semester, mid March for the summer semester). Since you set up your study program or (online) learning agreement at an early stage, you cannot be sure if there are time conflicts of your chosen courses, if the exam dates do collide or whether a course is actually taught in the semester. So be prepared that it might be necessary to revise your study program or (online) learning agreement after the start of the semester.

As soon as your personal schedule is fix, you can start to state your changes in the (online) learning agreement. We ask you to do this in the first 6 weeks of the lecture period. The changed (online) learning agreements needs to be signed by the home and the guest university. The contact person person at TUM who signs your (online) learning agreement is the International Affairs Delegate of the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering (see adjacent contact box).

Confirmation of Arrival

Your home university will provide you a document if they ask you to hand in a confirmation of arrival. You should send this document to the International Affairs Delegate of the TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering (see adjacent contact box) who will sign and send it back to you.

TUMonline – how does it work?

TUMonline is a campus management system that interconnects and integrates all study-related processes with each other:

TUMonline

You will be able to use TUMonline during and after your stay at the Technische Universität München. Help and instructions can be found in the TUMonline manual for students:

Manual for applicants and students

During the study exchange

Examinations and registration for examinations

Examinations at the TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering take place at the end of the semester (around mid February to end of March in the winter term and around beginning of July to mid September in the summer term). The examinations in optional courses already take place at the end of the lecture period. Exam dates may differ in other departments. The current examination dates are available in TUMonline. Please bear this in mind when planning your exchange because earlier or extra exam dates for exchange students cannot be arranged.

The exam will be a module exam and not the course exam so the content of all courses of a module will be examined in the module exam (see also "Start of your study exchange")

Exchange students have to register for all subjects they wish to take examinations including exams from other departments and the TUM Language Center. The registration period for exams at the TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering is January (for exams in the winter term) and July (for exams in the summer term). Other departments may have different registration periods.

You have to register for exams in TUMonline. For that, you need to login in your TUMonline account.  You can also find the results of examinations in your TUMonline student’s account.

TUMonline

You can register for exams either via the application "exam registration" or via the application "study status/curriculum". We recommend you to register via “Study status/Curriculum”, so you can avoid errors by registering for the wrong exam.

You can find further information on how to register for exams in the TUM wiki: https://wiki.tum.de/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=587694476

Please bear in mind the registration deadline and dates for examinations:

Examination dates

International Career

Many international students at TUM seek employment in Germany upon graduation and Germany offers exciting career opportunities for students and graduates from abroad. The TUM Career Service supports international students and alumni with a variety of services and resources.

Services of TUM Career Service

Leisure facilities for students of the TUM

International Campus Life

Discover Munich and its surroundings - while getting to know TUM students from around the world! International Campus Life has a variety of offers, mostly for international students. The program includes events organized by the TUM Global & Alumni Office as well as offers by the student association ESN TUMi München. All events can be found in the TUMi App. A wide range of events is available to international students all semester long. Of course, German students can participate as well.

International Campus Life

Central university sports (ZHS)

The ZHS offers all students a rich variety of more than 100 sports from Aerobics to Diving and organizes national and international university championships. To this end, the TUM utilizes the former Olympic site in the Olympiapark. A wide variety of sporting events and activities are also available during semester breaks.

ZHS

Orchestras and choirs of the TUM

The TUM has a multitude of orchestras and choirs:

Orchestra and choir

TU Film

The TUM film club offers a varied film program during the semester:

TU-Film

The Protestant University Community (EHG)

The EHG wishes to invite you to talks and discussions, study groups, weekend symposia, social events and is open to members of all Christian churches and to all who want to help realise its aims.

EHG

The Catholic University Community (KHG)

The KHG not only offers counseling but also collective leisure activities from theatre groups and ski weekends to international regulars’ get-togethers for all students:

KHG

Studentenwerk

The cultural office of the student union organizes guided tours of museums, company tours, e.g. BMW, breweries, and so on. It holds recreational weekends and supports the student cabaret scene.

Studentenwerk-München

Munich University for Music and Theatre

There are many free concerts and theatre performances (mostly final examinations!) :

Munich University for Music and Theatre

At the end of the study exchange

Transcript of Records

Incoming exchange students to the Technical University of Munich can print out their transcript of records (grade report) using TUMonline. All modules in which examinations have been taken and which were passed – including those from other faculties – are listed. Prerequisite: You had to register for the exam via TUMonline before.

If your home university asks for a signed/stamped transcript of records (grade report), please contact the the International Affairs Delegate of the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering (see adjacent contact box) as soon as all of your exam results are published in your TUMonline account.

Note: Due to the late examination period, several exam results will be published in the beginning of the next semester.  But: Students leaving TUM will have continued though restricted access to TUMonline which means that you can see your grades and download your grade report yourself even when the exchange semester is over.

Certificate of Attendance

If you need a Certificate of Attendance for your home university, please contact the International Affairs Delegate of the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering (see adjacent contact box). The certificate is mainly required from Erasmus students and the home university provides the template which will be signed by the International Affairs Delegate at the end of your stay at TUM. Please note: The end of your stay at TUM is not the date of your leaving but the end of your academic purpose (date of last exam, date of submitting your master‘s thesis, etc.)

Re-registration

Exchange students who are accepted for two semesters at the TUM have to re-register before the start of the second semester. You are re-registered as soon as you have paid the student union fees within the re-registration deadline.

Re-registration

Extension of the stay abroad

As an exchange student, you can study at the TUM for three semesters at most. If you wish to extend your stay, please contact the International Affairs Delegate of the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering (see adjacent contact box) in sufficient time before the lecture period ends. For that, you will have to state your reasons for the extension in a letter of motivation and you will need to provide a new learning agreement for the next semester. Additionally, you will need written approval from your home university that you may extend your stay abroad. 

Exchange students who are admitted for an extended semester have to re-register before the start of the new semester, too. Re-registration is done by paying the student union fees to the registration office (Immatrikulationsamt) in time.

Re-registration

Links and downloads

Welcome and Orientation Meeting for Incomings

At the beginning of the semester a welcome and orientation session for incoming exchange students took place at the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering.

You can find the presentation here.

Fact Sheet for incoming exchange students

You can find first information about an exchange semester at your guest Department Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering in the Fact Sheet.

Fact Sheet

TUM Welcome Guide

The TUM Welcome Guide provides practical infomation that prepares you for you stay abroad at the Technical University of Munich.

Welcome Guide

Manual for international students

In this brochure, international full time students can find important information for the preparation of their studies at the Technische Universität München:

Download brochure

Semester dates

An overview of the semester dates at the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering can be found here:

Semester dates

Examination dates

The dates of the registration period for examinations as well as the examination dates can be found here:

Examination dates