Organization

Preparing for a stay abroad

Please use the checklist sent by the TUM Erasmus office to find out what you need to think about for your stay abroad.

Please also observe the Information brochure for the Erasmus program set up by the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering:

Information brochure Erasmus+

Counselling about overseas plans at the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering

You can fall back on experienced and extensive support at the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering when planning your stay abroad:

The International Affairs Delegate will advise you about overseas programmes and cooperations and also the formal aspects of a stay abroad including the application process.

The study counsellors of your study program will advise you about your academic plans and discuss your curriculum with you. The study counsellors responsible for your study program can be found on the website of your study program.

Experience reports

A further source of information are the experience reports by the former outgoing students. Please choose programme "Erasmus SMS". You can filter the experience reports in the database according to subject and university:

Experience reports

Composition of the Learning Agreement for Studies

Part of the grant documents is the so-called "Learning Agreement for Studies". You need to draw up an individual curriculum for your overseas visit for the Learning Agreement for Studies. You can discuss all teaching events that you want to attend with your study counsellor and list these in the form "Learning Agreement for Studies". This proposed Learning Agreement is confirmed with the signature and stamp of the International Coordinator and the partner university before your study start at the guest institution.

More information on the use of the "Learning Agreement for Studies" and the recognition procedure can be found in the leaflet.

You can find the form "Learning Agreement for Studies" here.

You can find the corresponding confirmation sheet ("Laufzettel") here.

Recognition of study work

One of the features of the Erasmus programme is that the study work completed at the host institution can be recognised at the home university. To ensure this, you will need to list all teaching events that you want to attend in a so-called "Learning Agreement for Studies" and discuss it with your study counsellor.

Detailed information on the recognition procedure and the use of the "Learning Agreement for Studies" can be found in the leaflet.

You can find the form "Learning Agreement for Studies" here.

You can find the corresponding confirmation sheet ("Laufzettel") here.

Leave of absence and university fees

It is possible to apply for a leave of absence of maximum two semesters from the enrolment office for the duration of the overseas visit. Only re-examinations may be taken during a leave of absence.

A written application for a leave of absence must be sent to the TUM enrolment office.

Here you will find more information.

Financing and scholarships

Overseas student grant (AuslandsBAFöG)

Students can also apply for the Erasmus overseas student grant (AuslandsBAföG). The tax exemption levels of the parents are higher than for BAföG grants for Germany!

AuslandsBAföG

bayhost – Scholarships for language courses in Central and (South) East Europe

Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Rumania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, The Czech Republic and Hungary offer Bavarian students grants for summer language courses at their universities. All students enrolled at a Bavarian university may apply. The grants usually comprise course fees, board and lodgings and excursions. Students must assume all travel costs themselves.

More information and application procedure

bayhost – Scholarships for study visits in Central and (South) East Europe

The partner countries Croatia, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, he Czech Republic and Hungary offer Bavarian students scholarships for study visits at their universities or research institutes.

More information and application procedure

DAAD grants

The German Academic Exchange Service supports German students with a wide range of well-endowed grants for a variety of worldwide foreign undertakings. The deadlines for annual grants from the DAAD are usually 1 year before starting studies abroad. The application deadline for semester grants from the DAAD are usually 6 months before commencing studying. These grants are well suited for combining with a place on the TUMexchange programme.

Current DAAD grants

Bayerisch-Französisches Hochschulzentrum BFHZ

Study abroad:

The BFHZ supports Bavarian students who plan a study abroad in France. The mobility grant is 250 Euro per month with a maximum stay of 10 months.

More information

Research abroad and Internships:

The BFHZ supports Bavarian students who plan a research period abroad or an internship (one to three months). The mobility grantis 250 Euro per month.

More information

German-French university

The DFH funds visits to German and French summer schools and the development of German-French cooperation in the field of structured doctorate training and partnership projects (also joint degrees/double degrees).

DFH

Erasmus mobility subsidy

The ERASMUS programme not only waivers university fees and eases admission conditions it also contains a partial grant. The exact sum varies depending on the length of your stay and the destination.

Erasmus SMS

PROMOS - Programme to increase student's mobility

The Programme PROMOS was developed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and is financed by the ministry (BMBF). Study visits and internships abroad will be funded up to six months.

Target group: German students who are enrolled at TUM planning a research related stay abroad for final projects, internships or study.

PROMOS

Funding of study-related stays abroad

The Bavarian Ministry of Science, Research and Art provides the TUM with funds to support German students on study visits abroad. It aims to promote study-related stays abroad (diploma/Bachelor/Master’s theses, work placements, study visits). Plans to visit countries outside the EU are preferred; however this grant cannot be combined with ERASMUS or overseas BaföG.

Funding of stays abroad

Fulbright commission

The renowned Fulbright programme provides well-endowed full, partial and travel costs grants for study visits to the USA. There is an application lead-time of 1.5 years before the planned overseas visit!

Fulbright

Association of the German-American Club

The association organises grants for the German students from our 20 partner universities in the USA. The grant is provided by the American university and waivers the need to pay the usually very high university fees.

Association of the German-American Club

Overview of TUM grants

The overview of grants at the TU Munich lists a large number of grants and also provides information about which target groups and destination countries are funded.

Overview of grants

Health insurance

Please do not forget to find out in good time what insurance you will need for your overseas visit.

The European Health Insurance Card, which you receive from your health insurance company, is valid in all EU states. You can tell if you already have one of these cards by the EU stars on the reverse of your normal health insurance card.

If you are planning to visit a country outside the EU, you will need to take out extra overseas health insurance if you have private health insurance.

Owing to the fact that you usually remain enrolled at the TUM, health insurance in Germany is a mandatory requirement. This means that whilst you are abroad, i.e. parallel to your private overseas health insurance, you will still need to pay your statutory health insurance contributions.

Persons with private insurance should contact their health insurance company to clarify the scope of the overseas health insurance cover.

Otherwise, you can also take out combined health, accident and liability insurance as well as luggage insurance via the DAAD (Tariff 726). For more information, please visit the website:

DAAD group insurance

Language courses

You can apply for grants for language courses in preparation for the stay abroad, to be completed either in Munich or online (for languages not offered by the TUM Language Center) or in the host country.

Please request the application form via e-mail (tumerasmus@zv.tum.de)

Language certificate TUMexchange

Please note that a Language certificate for an application to the TUMexchange programme and above all applications for North American partner universities is obligatory.

Visa

Citizens from EU/EFTA States can usually pass a stay abroad within the EU without restraints. However, if you are planning to study outside of the EU (e.g. Turkey) you must apply for a visa for study purposes. Please request information from the consulate of your host country in advance. Do not travel without the required visa (e.g. with a tourist visa, which cannot be transferred at a later point in time).


Citizens holding European third-country citizenship usually also require a visa to study abroad in one of the other EU Member States. Please request information from the consulate of the country in question in advance. Please get in contact also with the Department of District Administration of the City of Munich [Kreisverwaltungsreferat, KVR] to ensure your residence permit in Germany remains valid.

You can ask for cost reimbursement for visa applications if you are a non-EU student or graduate. You can request the application form at tumerasmus@zv.tum.de.

Abroad

Please use the checklist sent by the TUM Erasmus office to find out what you need to think about for your stay abroad.

Please also observe the Information brochure for the Erasmus program set up by the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering (in German only):

Information brochure Erasmus+

Changes to Learning Agreement

In the event that a desired course is cancelled or cannot be taken for another reason, an alternative course will be listed on the form "Changes to original learning agreement" (Section 2) which is then mutually confirmed by the International coordinators at the Department and the partner university.

Please check the leaflet for information on how to use the form "Changes to the Original Learning Agreement".

You can find the form "Changes to the Original Learning Agreement" here.

You can find the corresponding confirmation sheet ("Laufzettel") here.

Payment of a partial grant

At the beginning of your stay abroad you need to send to the Erasmus+ Team of the TUM International Center the Learning Agreement (Section 1) that is signed on all pages and, in the event of a change to the Learning Agreement, the original form Changes to Learning Agreement (Section 2) and the oriiginal (!) Erasmus+ grant agreement.

Documents for the Erasmus grant

The first instalment will only be paid by the International Center after all documents have been received.

After the stay abroad

Please use the checklist sent by the TUM Erasmus office to find out what you need to think about for your stay abroad.

Please also observe the Information brochure for the Erasmus program set up by the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering (in German only):

Information brochure Erasmus+

Payment of the partial grant

At the latest 4 weeks after your return from overseas, you need to submit the final overseas confirmation and the Transcript of Records issued by the partner university to the International Center. You also need to submit your Post-travel report and upload it (Weblink willbe notified later on).

Finally, please fill out an online EU Survey and take the OLS language assessment after you receive a request per email (OLS language assessment concerns only those students who took the OLS assessment before departure).

The last instalment of the grant can only be paid once all documents have been received by the International Center.

Documents for the Erasmus grant

Recognition of study work

In order for your study work to be recognised, you need to contact the chairs or the subject supervisor on your return and submit an official document (e.g. a Transcript of Records) and descriptions of the modules of the foreign university.

Information on the recognition procedure can be found in the leaflet.

Become a mentor in BGUmentoring programme!

Do you want to make use of your overseas experience in your day-to-day life in Germany?

Then become a mentor for exchange students at the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering!

More information on the BGUmentoring programme

Links and downloads

Information brochure for program ERASMUS+

Information brochure Erasmus+ (Last updated: October 2019, in German language only)

Experience reports

Experience reports of former outgoing students provide an important source of information. In the database, experience reports can be selected according to fields of study:

Experience reports

Presentation of the information event on the Erasmus programme

 Presentation (English, last updated: November 2019)

Presentation of the information event on study abroad

Presentation (English, last updated: June 2019)

TUM Global & Alumni Office

TUM Global & Alumni Office

TUM Language Center

Language Center

TUM scholarship board

Scholarships

Scholarship database of DAAD

Current DAAD scholarships

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