Technische Universität München, Germany, also known as Technical University of Munich (TUM) in English, is one among the few German universities to be called the University of Excellence. As one of the top European universities, TUM is committed to providing its students with interdisciplinary education. It delivers excellence in research and teaching while promoting young scientists through its strong collaborations with international companies and scientific institutions.
TUM stands as a proud member of TU9, the top 9 technical universities in Germany and an incorporated society of the largest and most notable German institutes of technology. As one of the first three Universities of Excellence in Germany, it boasts noteworthy researchers and alumni, who have won 17 Nobel prizes and 23 Leibniz laureates. The university allows its students to avail guidance from 10,825 skilled staff members from interdisciplinary fields. At TUM, students get to utilise numerous e-books and e-journals as part of its learning material collection in libraries across the world.
- Courses Offered
- Eligibility & Documents Required
- Application & Tuition Fees
- Scholarships & Financial Aid
- Admission Process
- Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
- Part Time Work While Studying
- Campuses & Accommodation
- University Contact Information
What all courses are available to international students?
Reputed as one of the best universities for its undergraduate courses, TUM offers around 179 bachelors and master’s degree programmes.
- Natural Sciences
- Life Sciences
- Political Sciences
- Social Sciences
List of Prominent Bachelor Degree Courses:
- Environmental Studies
List of Prominent Master Degree Courses:
- Aerospace Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
Courses other than Full-Time Degree Programmes:
- Part-time degrees
- Doctoral studies
- Continuing education
- Additional qualifications
- Auditing classes
- Online courses
- Discontinued programs
Tutoring and Buddy Programmes:
Tutoring with buddy programme allows international students to work with a German partner (buddy) each, who helps them study well and guide through everyday life at Munich. These programmes are offered in the following departments:
- Civil, Geo, and Environmental Engineering (Programme name: BGUmentoring)
- Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (Programme name: MIX Mentoring)
- Informatics (Programme name: MINGA Mentoring Programme)
- Medicine (Programme name: Student ERASMUS team)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Physics (Programme name: Fellow Programme)
- Sport and Health Sciences
- School of Governance
- School of Management
Teaching and research activities in the university are mostly covered around five major topics:
- Health and Nutrition
- Energy and Natural Resources
- Environment and Climate
- Information and Communications
- Mobility and Infrastructure
Integrative Research Centres
- Munich Centre for Technology in Society
- Munich School of Bioengineering
- Munich School of Engineering
- Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence
- TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability
- TUM Institute for Advanced Study
- 8,569 Publications in 2019
- 6 Integrative Research Centres
- 7 Corporate Research Centres
- 178 Scientific inventions in 2017
- 50 Patents for inventions submitted to patent offices in 2019
Located in the metropolitan region of Munich, TUM stands as a cosmopolitan centre of business, culture, and research.
Eligibility & Documents Required
What are the eligibility requirements?
There are two criteria that international applicants need to meet before applying to TUM’s bachelors and master’s programmes:
Basic Education —
Undergraduate Level Eligibility Requirements
- Pre-university qualification (either of):
- A Polytechnic Diploma with GCE “A” level certificate from International Baccalaureate (IB), CBSE
- Three-year bachelor’s degree programme with an outstanding score
- SAT and IELTS/TOEFL exam requirements can be waived off for bachelor’s admissions if the pre-university education was delivered in English medium
Note: Applicants are assessed holistically, which means that they may be asked to provide the following:
- Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level results
- Work experience/internships/CCAs
- Interview assessment
Graduate Level Eligibility Requirements
- Four-year bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (for example Engineering, Technology, Medicine, etc.) with a good score from a recognised university
- GRE or GATE exam for some courses
Note: TUM does not accept a GMAT score.
Language Proficiency —
Apart from the basic educational qualification of Grade 12 and a bachelor’s degree for undergraduate and graduate applications respectively, students need to meet the language requirements to apply at TUM.
English Proficiency Test (either of):
- TOEFL (Internet-based): Minimum score of 88
- IELTS: Minimum 6.5 bands
- Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): Grades A, B, C
- Cambridge Proficiency English (CPE): Grades A, B, C
German Proficiency Test (either of):
- Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschuluzugang (DSH): Passing certificate (DSH-2 oder 3)
- Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II): Level B 2 in all four sections
- Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF): Level 4 in all sections
- Telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule: Passing certificate
- Goethe Certificate B2: Passing certificate
- Telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule: Passing certificate
- Certificate of Qualification Assessment examination
Note: These are basic eligibility requirements to apply at TUM. Students are advised to visit the individual programme pages and refer to the comprehensive admission requirements.
What documents are needed for the application?
TUM has listed the following sets of documents as a mandate for international applicants:
1. General documents:
- Current passport-style photo
- Application for recognition of the disabled status
- Application for admission
- Enrolment application form
- Application for compensation of disadvantage
- Application for enrolment
- Student health insurance certificate
- Verification of a voluntary year of social service
- Verification of grounds of deferment as per §19 HZV
- Verification of military or civilian service
2. TUM documents:
- Verification of successful completion of the examination in mathematics at TUM
- Verification of entry on the doctoral candidacy list
- Credit transfer application/report
- Verification of attendance at advising session
3. Documents from the upper-secondary school:
- Higher education entrance qualification
- Official transcript of grades
4. Documents from prior universities:
- Accreditation certificate
- Notification of equivalency to the bachelor’s degree
- Notification of the right to take an examination
- Clearance certificate
- Verification FH (University of Applied Sciences) - 60 ECTS
- Verification of the double degree agreement
- Proof of withdrawal
- Subject and grades transcript of previous studies
- Grading system at the university last attended
- Enrolment certification from the university last attended
- Entrance qualification for the master’s degree programme
- Module description
- Module catalogue
- Confirmation of passing of aptitude test at SIT
- Confirmation of passing the first study year at SIT
- Grading system with a maximum and minimum passing grade
- Ranking certificate
- University diploma
- Degree certificate
- Enrolment record
- Transcript of records
5. External documents:
- APS – original certificate
- User authentication number (BAN)
- Notification of the office for certificate recognition
- Confirmation of the national examination office – Bescheid des Landesprüfungsamts
- Verification of exemption from sport assessment test/verification of passing a sports assessment test
- Verification of passing aptitude assessment for English at LMU
- Applicant ID (BID)
- Assessment exam certificate (Feststellungsprüfungszeugnis)
- Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Certification of internship/work experience/vocational training
- Verification of completed internship for bachelor’s programmes in Civil or Environmental Engineering
- Reference letters (letters of recommendation)
- Preliminary documentation or VPD certificate
6. Documents generated by the applicant:
- Curricular analysis
- Admission essay
- Academic achievement overview form
- Discipline-specific skills and qualifications
- Brief description of the bachelor’s thesis
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
- List of 150 best credits or equivalent results of five semesters
- Portfolio of work
- Motivation/work portfolio
- Letter of motivation
- Proof of successful participation in a lecture, seminar or project in the field of social-scientific methodology
- Content and results of prior examinations
- Written statement
- Collection of work
7. Verification of language skills:
- Proof of English language proficiency via English modules
- Language certificate German
- Language certificate English
- Proof of integrative German skills
8. Other documents:
- Relevant extracurricular activities
- Verification of subject-specific additional competencies
Points to remember:
- Soft copies of all these documents need to be uploaded in PDF format only
- Notarised hard copies (if asked) need to be sent via mail on - Office of Admissions, TUM Asia, 510 Dover Road, #05-01 SIT@SP Building, Singapore 139660
- It is not recommended to mail any documents unless specified by the admission committee as they are not liable to return any hardcopy documents
Note: These are general requirements for applying to TUM that may vary with different courses. It is recommended to check the exact requirements from the course page of the official website.
Application & Tuition Fees
Is there any application fees?
Though there is no application fee required at TUM, there is a one-time processing fee of EUR 48.75 or SGD 79 chargeable at the time of master’s application. This fee needs to be submitted through the application portal.
What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?
Since TUM is a public university of Germany, it offers free bachelors and master’s education to all its national and international students. Other semester-based costs related to the courses offered at TUM are as follows:
Total Tuition Fee* (in EUR)
Student Fee* (in EUR)
Source: Technical University of Munich
Besides this, international students must own health insurance before joining the university. The plan could be either government or private but would cost around EUR 1,290*.
*Fee varies with progressive years and semesters. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?
TUM offers various awards to its national and international students, the grounds of obtaining which are highly competitive. These are awarded to students with:
- Outstanding academic achievements
- Strong leadership qualities
- Good moral character
- Good recommendations or testimonials
TUM, Singapore also offers a broad range of scholarships on a semester-based evaluation.
- Programme type: Self-financing
- Scholarship type: One-time financial aid
- Awarded by: TUM Asia or Bavarian government
- Value: EUR 500-1,500 per semester
- Benefit: Covers other expenses
- Best time to apply: Beginning of every semester
Please prepare the following documents for upload (pdf files):
- Motivational letter
- Essay explaining financial status (100-200 words in English or German)
- TUM grade report
- Two recommendations not older than one semester (recommendations issued in the previous semester are valid for this application)
- Proof of the applicant’s income
- Proof of parents’ income or proof of income of spouse, if applicable
Note: Failing to provide any of these documents would lead to rejection of scholarship.
When do the admissions start?
The university follows a semester-based admission calendar for all its programmes.
Deadlines for both bachelors and master’s courses at TUM are as follows:
*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.
What are the steps to the application process? Does this involve an interview round?
The application process for both the graduate and undergraduate courses is the same at TUM. International students refer to the steps for international application as follows:
Step 1: Sign up on the TUM Online Portal at After signing up to the portal at campus.tum.de/tumonline/ee/ui/ca2/app/desktop/#/login.
Step 2: Choose the semester.
Step 3: Select the programme.
Step 4: Input personal data.
These steps go on to filling the following details and uploading supporting documents:
- Correspondence address
- Higher education entrance qualification (HZB)
- Academic background – for master and second-degree applications
- Entrance qualification for master’s programmes
- Further information
- Apply for admission
Next Step: Upload documents and proof of language skills.
After sending the online application, students can view, download, or print their application TUM online portal.
Last Step: Students need to print out and sign their application for admission form and then upload the same on the TUM online applicant account. Any documents that were missed earlier can also be attached within this step.
Note: Students must note that information once saved cannot be edited on the TUM online portal. Hence, it is important to cross-check every entry for accuracy.
When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?
Since TUM application is uploaded along with a list of documents, the verification of individual profile takes considerable time. The steps go as follows:
Step 1: Submitted application is accepted for review.
Step 2: Uploaded softcopy documents are assessed by the admissions team.
Step 3: Pre-assessment process takes about 4-6 weeks.
Step 4: Results are announced via email.
Step 5: Hardcopy notarised documents are received by the admissions team.
Step 6: Admission results are communicated after final evaluation favour via email in two weeks. Once an application is processed, students are notified with either of the following:
- Offer of admission
- Invitation to aptitude assessment
- Letter of rejection
It is recommended to keep a check on emails rather than enquiring about individual application status from the university to save the application processing time.
Note: In case incorrect documents are received by the admissions team, they inform the students with the steps to proceed with correct documents.
Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
How difficult is it to get an admission? What is the acceptance rate of the university for international students?
Getting into the deemed university is quite difficult because admission depends on various factors apart from academic candidature. 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.
How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?
The international outlook of TUM is impressive. The university has provided the facts as follows:
Percentage of total international students
Percentage of total female students
International appointments of professors
47 (as of 2018)
Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships
71 (as of 2019)
Alexander von Humboldt Research Award winners
13 (as of 2019)
Source: Technical University of Munich
As the data show, the TUM student body holds about 34% international students along with about 18% of professors and 24% of research staff from abroad.
Part Time Work While Studying
Can I work while studying here?
TUM allows its students to enhance their portfolios with suitable jobs inside and outside the campus. Both on-campus and off-campus jobs allow the bachelors and master’s students to earn as well as complete their programme thesis.
Students may find on-campus jobs on the university’s bulletin board. Posted by various TUM institutes and departments, these advertisements cover student jobs, internships, and academic thesis.
The university also has an Alumni and Career Recruiting portal that allows students to find and apply to relevant off-campus jobs. Many companies use this space to advertise internships and industrial opportunities for students.
Types of Jobs:
- Part-time jobs
- Student jobs
- Industrial training and internships
- Theses and dissertations
- Full-time jobs (after graduation)
Departments with Job Portals:
- Civil, Geo, and Environmental Engineering
- Klinikum Rechts der Isar (university hospital)
- Sport and Health Sciences
The Munich Student Union operates in collaboration with Die Job Börse, a private placement agency that helps students find placements after graduating from TUM. Operating from the cafeteria of Ludwig-Maximilians University, it offers free-of-cost placement services to students to find suitable internships, part-time jobs, and full-time positions.
Campuses & Accommodation
How many colleges and campuses does the university have?
TUM has four campuses within the German state, Bavaria along with one offshore campus and five other international offices.
- International libraries
- Sports facilities:
- Sports grounds:
- Munich’s Olympic park
- Olympic training pools
- Water sports facilities in Starnberger See
- Olympic regatta facilities in Oberschleißheim
- Sporting programme: 1972 Summer Olympics
- Music and art
- Festivals: TUNIX, GARNIX und Co.
- Legendary uni film club
Students at TUM enjoy a variety of services and facilities that help in their overall development.
Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?
TUM does not have the option of on-campus accommodation. However, the university is dedicated to helping international students find off-campus housing options.
Living Options in Munich:
The most popular options where students find their place are:
- Student Halls of Residence
- Association-Run Student Housing
- Church-run student housing
- Privately run halls of residence
- Halls of residence for young women
- Private Accommodation
- Shared flats
- Hostels and Youth Hostels: Ideal for a short-time stay
- Guesthouses: Limited number of apartments are available to international visiting researchers
The estimated monthly expenses for living on campus can be understood as follows:
Cost* (in EUR)
Rent and utilities
Source: Technical University of Munich
The Munich Student Union also offers a less expensive alternative to the private housing viz. living in a dormitory. The dormitory rooms cost about EUR 280-350 per month.
How to find accommodation?
Since finding accommodation is difficult in Munich, TUM has a team of advisors who help students and staff look for favourable accommodation options.
- Personal advice
- In-house listings
These services help in finding both on and off-campus housing facilities.
University Contact Information
Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?
International students may visit the university website for more details or contact the TUM office at:
Office Address: Arcisstraße 21, D-80333 Munich, Germany
Telephone: + (49) 89 289 22245