Study in Munich
All the information you need about studying in Munich as an international student.
Why study in Munich?
Munich is known as being a city where hi-tech innovations sit alongside traditional German life. The annual Oktoberfest celebration attracts thousands of tourists to the city each year, while their German Christmas markets are so successful that they’ve been exported around the world.
It’s home to a number of major multinational companies, including Siemens AG, BMW and Allianz. It’s also a major center for biotechnology, software, service industries and is the largest publishing city in Europe; all this makes it an attractive location for international students.
Universities in Munich
Munich has several universities and colleges of further education, and is a leading world location for science and research. Some of Germany’s best and most renowned universities are located in Munich, making it one of the country’s biggest student hubs.
Programs may be taught in German or English, often with the focus of attracting students from overseas. A university may require you to take the German Language University Entrance Examination (DSH) to check your language suitability.
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How to study in Munich
To study in Munich you’ll first need to choose a program and university, and check you meet the entry requirements.
When you’re ready to apply, there are three different institutions that are responsible for applications:
- The Foundation for Admission to Higher Education
- The University Application Service for International Students
- The university itself
Where you’ll need to submit your application will depend on the subject you want to study, the university you’re applying to, and where you received your secondary education.
When your place is secured at a university in Munich, you’ll need to apply for your German student visa.
What to study in Munich
Universities in Munich offer programs in every academic level, including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. You can find a program in any subject, but universities in Munich are particularly strong in areas including business and applied sciences.
As with most of Europe, a bachelor’s degree will take three years, a master’s takes two years and a doctorate degree can take five years in Munich, depending on the subject.
Cost to study in Munich
Most public university programs in Munich do not charge any tuition fees for students studying at undergraduate level, even if you live outside the EU / EEA. Private universities will charge for tuition, but the exact amount will depend on the university and the program.
Munich is one of the most expensive cities in Germany, however it is cheaper than many other bigger European cities. As a general rule, you may need to budget between $10,000 and $15,000 for your living costs, depending on your lifestyle.
Key facts of Munich
64/30°F Summer/winter temperature
1.5 million Population