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GE3: Technische Universität München
Munich, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 09/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2016 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Exchange Language of Instruction: English, German
Housing Options: Dormitory, Off Campus Apartment Courses Offered: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Program Description:

About GE3:

Recognizing a growing demand for internationally-experienced engineering graduates, a group of leading universities around the world established the Global E3 in 1995. Global E3 allows engineering students at member universities to enjoy a fulfilling study abroad experience.
  • Tuition Swap: Global E3 students pay tuition at their home institution, and enjoy the benefits of attending an overseas one!
  • Flexible Timing: Students can study abroad for the fall semester, spring semester, or the entire school year.
  • Overseas Internships: Global E3 students are able to take on a supplemental internships after their study abroad experience. Not all member universities offer this option, but those that do help provide students with industrial placements near the university, co-op internships within the university, and more.
Through participation in the program, Global E3 graduates gain the necessary foreign language ability, cross-cultural skills, and professional experience to excel in the multinational/multicultural business environment of the 21st century. The importance of this unique program has been recognized by the National Science Foundation, AT&T Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education, all of which provided the start-up funds for the program. The program is sustained with membership fees from participating universities and from corporations.

Technische Universität München
München, GERMANY

University Info

College/School of Engineering

Office responsible for International Exchange Students:
International Office -

TUM has been combining scientific expertise with entrepreneurial thinking for more than 140 years. Achievement of top results in all its core fields of education and research: engineering and economics, natural and life sciences, medicine and sports resulted in TUM being ranked the No. 1 university in Germany in 2011 (CHE University Ranking) and among the top 50 universities worldwide according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Our graduates are active around the globe and TUM professors are making important contributions to world research. With more than 460 professors and over 8,000 additional staff, we offer academic and research opportunities to over 30,000 students. More than 15 per cent of our staff and over 18 percent of our students come from abroad, creating a university culture which is cosmopolitan and hospitable. In Europe and worldwide, TUM maintains over 400 university partnerships and collaborates with many international research institutions.

At TUM, you have a unique chance to experience the energized spirit of an entrepreneurial university in the very heart of Europe.


Study Level
  • Undergraduate students:  Accepted
  • Graduate students:  Accepted
  • Computer Science majors:  Accepted

Exchange students are welcome to stay at TUM for a duration of either one or two semesters.

Available Disciplines
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Games Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering (with the following specializations)
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Automotive and Cobustion Engine Technology
    • Energy and Process Engineering
    • Mechatronics and Information Technology
    • Medical Technology and Engineering
    • Nuclear Technology
    • Product Development and Design
    • Production and Logistics
  • Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering

Additional application materials?

Students should submit the following documents (single copy):
  • Online application: students planning to attend German lectures should complete the German version of the online application; everyone else can fill in the English version. Note: Please select a partner university from the drop-down menu that you find under the desired mobility option. Please complete all the boxes on the form. Boxes marked with an asterisk (*) are definitely required. Be sure to click on "continue" each time. When all the compulsory boxes on the form have been filled in, the button marked "send" will appear. You can interrupt your application at any time and continue at some later opportunity. To do so, click on "end" and your application will be saved automatically. Now click on "create PDF document", print out the application form and complete the document with your signature and the signature of your international program coordinator. Important point: Application for admission to the TUM is an integral part of the online application procedure.
  • Letter of motivation in English or German (about 1 page giving the reasons for choosing TUM for your proposed period of study abroad).
  • Transcript of records (detailing your academic performance to date, written / translated in German, French or English and stamped and signed by the international program coordinator of your home university)
  • Document including the courses you are attending at the moment in your current semester (and so are still not listened in the transcript)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) in English or German.
  • 1 passport photo for your Student Card (not a scanned or copied photo!) - please stick on the online form
  • Copy of your ID-card / passport (if available)

Study program: Please get in touch with your home university's program coordinator and the person responsible at TUM's International Office and the TUM International Student Advisers responsible for you in order to discuss your proposed course of study. Be sure to remember to ask your home university's international program coordinator to sign and stamp this document!

When will students receive their acceptance package?
The International Office will send students a letter of admission by email in July for applications for winter semester and in December for applications for summer semester.

Semester Dates

  • Lecture Period: Mid October to the mid of February,
  • Exam Period: Typically mid February to mid March

  • Lecture period: Mid April to mid July
  • Exam Period: Typically mid July to mid August

Academic Calendar:

The academic year begins on October 1 of a year and ends on September 30 of the following year.

Course Descriptions:

Workload per semester
Dependant on individual requirements. 30 ECTS is the normal fulltime study load for TUM students

Grading System
German Grade Translation
1.0 to 1.5 Very Good
1.5 to 2.5 Good
2.6 to 3.5 Satisfactory
3.6 to 4.0 Sufficient
4.1 to 5.0 Fail

Academic Transcripts
Students request a copy of their transcript from the International Student Advisors from their faculty once all grades are made available in the student’s online account.

Student Life:

Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
TUM’s International Office provides support to exchange students in finding accommodation:

The majority of Munich’s university students live in private apartments. Only approximately 13% live in Halls of Residence. Unlike in other countries, German dormitories are not owned or operated by the university, but by external institutions. The “Studentenwerk” (Student Services) operates numerous large Halls of Residence in Munich. Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee GE3 students accommodation in “Studentwerk” Halls of Residence or apartments.

When can exchange students move in to the hall of residence?
Move in procedures and timing vary dependant on the type of accommodation


Entry Visa
As an international student you will need a visa to study in Germany. Applicants from EU/EWR nations as well as some other nations are exempt from this regulation.

You will need to apply for your visa at the embassy / consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in your home country. Please note, this should be your country of citizenship and not the country you are studying in. A visa must be applied for well in advance of your departure (at least 2 months ahead of time!).

Also see here about countries whose citizens require / do not require a visa.

Health Insurance & Immunizations

In Germany, all students must have health insurance, i.e. you must have proof of sufficient insurance in order to be able to enroll at a German university. It is important that you go about obtaining this proof of medical coverage well before your arrival at TUM approaches. It is not sufficient to present proof of insurance from your home country (e.g. insurance card or insurance policy) and travel insurances are not accepted.

Please refer to our website


When should I arrive?
We recommend students to arrive 1 to 2 weeks prior to the start of lectures:
  • Prior to the beginning of each semester we arrange Orientation Weeks and it is advisable to come in time for these weeks. Tutors accompany students to public authorities, to help set up bank accounts, to get along in general and much more. Besides this, the TUMi Program offers a pick-up service at the train station/airport, sight-seeing tours, visits to museums, excursions and parties.
  • TUM also offers a special preparatory program for incoming international students.
  • Intensive Language Courses are also available:

Is Airport Reception available?
Yes, the TUMi Program offers a pick-up service at the train station/airport

Is there any bank on campus?
There are no banking facilities directly on TUM campuses.


Office responsible for International Exchange students

International Office



Life in Munich:

One of TUM’s advantages lies in its location. With a population of 1.4 million, Munich is often said to have a small town feel but all the advantages of a bustling metropolis. The city is clean and safe and this combined with a highly efficient public transport system makes living in Munich a pleasure. So it is no surprise that Munich consistently ranks among the World’s top 10 most livable cities.

Whether you are into mountain sports, rock concerts, opera or art exhibitions, watching a match of Munich’s favorite sons - FC Bayern Munich - or simply relaxing in the serenity of one of its nearby lakes, in Munich everything is right on your doorstep.

Even if Munich’s own countless offerings leave you wanting more, its central European location with quick and easy rail, air and road connections mean that other cities and regions such as Prague, Salzburg and Venice are only short trips away.

Last but by no means least, Munich is renowned for its world-leading companies in various fields including automotive and high-tech. The headquarters and R&D departments of companies such as BMW, Siemens, MTU and EADS are located here. As such, TUM students are well positioned to gain internships, research projects and permanent positions with these world leading companies.


While abroad, students continue to pay their Case tuition rather than the tuition at their new institution. In addition there are several expenses students’ financial aid can potentially help to fund. These are listed in the attachments below.