Study in Germany – TUM – Technical University of Munich

TUM - Technical University of Munich

Founded in 1868, the TUM (Technical University of Munich) is a prestigious research university that ranks among the world’s top 50 universities according to Shanghai Rankings. Furthermore, the British magazine ‘Times Higher Education, has rated the university as one of the four best technical universities in Europe and sixth in the ‘Global University Employability Rankings’.

The university is located in the city of Munich, which is one of the most liveable cities in the world according to the consulting firm Mercer’s Annual Quality of Living survey. The university also has campuses in Freising-Weihenstephan and Garching. With 17 Nobel Laureates, 22 IEEE Fellow Members and 18 Leibniz Prize winners, the university has produced some of the most impressive alumni in various fields of work, from medicine and psychology to physics and chemistry.


The Technical University of Munich, with student strength of 41,500 students, offers 173 degree programs across 15 academic departments-

  1. Architecture
  2. Aerospace and Geodesy
  3. Geo, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  4. Mathematics
  5. Chemistry
  6. Electrical and Computer Engineering
  7. Mechanical Engineering
  8. Informatics
  9. Sports and Health Sciences
  10. Medicine
  11. Physics
  12. Life Sciences
  13. Education
  14. Management
  15. Governance

Many of the programs are offered in English. The university also offers double-degree programs that give you an opportunity to get a degree from TUM and one of its partner universities.

The most popular courses at TUM include-

  • Master of Science Data Engineering and Analytics
  • Master of Science in Computational Science & Engineering
  • Master of Science in Software Engineering
  • Executive MBA in Business & I.T.
  • Master of Science in Management
  • Master of Science in Finance & Information Management

 Admission requirements

Bachelor’s Degree – International students seeking admission to the bachelor’s degree program must hold a secondary school completion certificate. If the certificate is not equivalent to the German university entrance qualification, you need to attend a preparatory college (Studienkolleg), which last for two semesters, and undertake a university qualification assessment examination. If you pass the exam, you’re eligible for the university entrance process.

Point to note: All the international students must apply for a preliminary certificate evaluation to uni-assist prior to applying for admission to TUM. The uni-assist is a German organization that evaluates whether the provided academic documents are in accordance with a German university.

Master’s Degree – When applying for master’s degree program, a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent is required, regardless of the course you’re interested in. However, the exact admission requirements vary depending on the course.

Language requirements

German – When applying for a degree program whose language of instruction is German, then proof of German language skills is required. The accepted German language skill tests include Goethe certificate G2, DSH level 2, DSD level II (German Language Certificate of the Education Ministers Conference), TestDaF (Test of German as a Foreign language) and telc Deutsch B2 or C1.

English – When applying for a degree program whose language of instruction is English, then proof of English language proficiency is required. The accepted English language skill tests include – TOEFL (Internet-based test score-88 and paper-based test score- 605), IELTS (minimum band score of 6.5), CAE (Cambridge Advanced English) or CPE (Cambridge Proficiency English).

Application process

Step 1: Apply using TUM Online portal. Fill in the application form completely and submit it electronically along with the following documents-

  • Certified copies of school or degree certificates (whichever is applicable) along with the uni-assist preliminary evaluation certificate
  • A letter of motivation or essay
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A copy of passport and recent photos
  • Student health insurance certificate
  • Proof of language skills (English or German)

The entire application package, including the print-out of signed online application form and the relevant documents must be submitted in hard copy as well, to the address mentioned in the application form. Make sure the package reaches the university before the deadline date.

**Documents not issued in English or German must be translated in the same.

After submission of the application package, the TUM will review it and the review process may take several weeks. You can check the status of your application by logging into your TUMOnline account

International student accommodation

There are student halls of residence run by the Munich Student Union. They are affordable and have all the basic amenities. In addition, there are private accommodations in the form of shared flats and apartments available around the TUM campus. You can check for the private accommodations on offer here.

Financial aid

Although there is no tuition fee, there is a student union fees and basic semester ticket to be paid. There are several ways to cover these study-related expenses, from student loans and BAföG (Federal Education and Training Assistance Act) grants to part-time jobs and scholarships by TUM and external organizations, such as DAAD. To know more about the scholarships offered by TUM, click here

Work while you study

International students are allowed to work part-time while studying in Germany for about 20 hours in a week during term. You can search for the part-time jobs on the official career portal of TUM.